The Dead Taste Sweeter Than the Living (After Felix Gonzalez-Torres) by Emilio Rojas in collaboration with Paul Escriva

March 21, 2017



A multimedia performance inspired by the Art AIDS America exhibition at Alphawood Gallery and the companion exhibition One day this kid will get larger at DePaul Art Museum (DPAM), The Dead Taste Sweeter Than the Living is a mobile, interactive event that takes place at both art spaces with a procession in between. The project began and continues with the daily collection of pieces of candy from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA), 1991, at the Art Institute of Chicago. Rojas then uses these elements in public performances to initiate a dialogue around mourning, grief, celebration and the impact of loss in queer communities through the AIDS crisis.

2:30 to 4pm at DePaul Art Museum

4:15 to 5:30pm at Alphawood Gallery

Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Unit 371 with author MK Czerwiec



Comics have a long history in the arenas of public health messaging, political activism, and memoir. Comics can bear witness to stigmatized realities, create a new medium for representation, and inspire community engagement and empowerment. This lecture will contextualize the new graphic memoir Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 within the history of comics about HIV and AIDS. 

Panel Discussion: Practices of Care

March 1, 2017

March 16 | 6:00 PM

“Practices of Care” brings together a group of artists, educators, community organizers, and healthcare professionals for a conversation about art, activism, and care. With a particular focus on projects that emphasize the experiences of GLBTQ youth of color, this conversation will include presentations by the artists Theodore (ted) Kerr and Tiona McClodden (both featured in the exhibition “One day this kid will get larger”), as well as Chicago-based practitioners Bonsai Bermudez (Executive & Artistic Director of Youth Empowerment Performance Project) and Jacqueline Boyd (Founder of The Care Plan). Under consideration will be the limits and possibilities of visual art production to enact social and political change, the history and aesthetics of community-centered care programs, and the important role voices of youth play in shaping collective visions of the future.

Free and open to everyone, but space is limited. Please register in advance. 

Panel Discussion: Wall of Respect

February 24, 2017

3.1.2017 | 6PM

In 1967, a group of Black artists on Chicago’s South Side created a public mural to celebrate Black cultural and political heroes and to express pride and love for their community. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of this Wall of Respect.

Join us as we celebrate this 50th anniversary with a panel of artist and activists who will reflect on their experiences with the Wall of Respect. Along the way we will discuss the connections of art, social activism, and community that the Wall of Respect embodied and consider the importance of those connections for today.

Refreshments will be available.

This event is co-organized by the African and Black Diaspora Studies Program and the Department of Art, Media, and Design with generous support from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the History of Art and Architecture Department.

Panel Discussion: “Edgar Miller’s Times”

The Edgar Miller Legacy, Terra Foundation and DPAM present a panel discussion exploring the life of Chicago artist, designer and architect Edgar Miller. Panelists include Zac Bleicher (Director, Edgar Miller Legacy), Liesl Olsen (Director, Chicago Studies, Newberry Library), and Robert Bruegmann (Architectural Historian and Author).

Refreshments will be served.
Please register in advance. 

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