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    [letterhead reads] VISUAL AIDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
October 18, 1989
             For further Information Contact: 
              Philip Yenawine 212-708-9780
              Thomas Sokolowski 212-998-6780
              Barbara Goldner 212-685-0839

             A DAY WITHOUT ART: 
A National Day of Action and Mourning in Response to the AIDS Crisis over 400 Institutions to Participate

On December 1, 1989 the World Health Organization will hold its second annual "AIDS Awareness Day." VISUAL AIDS, an organization of arts professionals designed to facilitate and promote AIDS-related exhibitions and events, is sponsoring A DAY WITHOUT ART, it is a metaphor for the chilling possibility of even more widespread art community deaths. 

The goals of A DAY WITHOUT ART are to honor and recognize friends and colleagues who have died or dying and to seek greater support and understanding from the general public. To date, over three hundred museums, alternative spaces, performance groups, university and commercial galleries nationwide have agreed to participate in A DAY WITHOUT ART. 

Institutions will respond in a variety of ways: closing their doors for the day; darkening gallery spaces; emptying galleries of art; halting live performances for a moment of silence creating and disseminating educational materials; holding memorial services; sponsoring lectures, performances, exhibitions or installations, poetry reading, seminars, films and special ceremonies. In several instances, art institutions will coordinate programs with local health care and social service organizations. 

Among the more than four hundred participating Institutions are the following:

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Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio
Artists Space, NYC, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chase Manhattan Bank, Art Program
Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, Texas, Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, Texas, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, La Mama, E.T.C, NYC,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Museo del Barrio, NYC

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The Museum of Contemporary Art NYC, Public Theater, NYC, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, The Studio Museum in Harlem NYC, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.

A poster listing participants will be printed and distributed. VISUAL AIDS is an organization of arts professionals whose purpose is to increase awareness and promote action on the pressing issues for the art community that are raised by AIDS. Through exhibitions, information-sharing, and special events, VISUAL AIDS highlights the contributions of members of the artistic community lost to AIDS and seeks ways in which their work and the work of other artists can bring about more effective means of fighting AIDS, and responding to its social effects. 
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