Picturing AIDS: 1986-1996

Rudy Lemcke

The exhibition consists of art and cultural work about the AIDS crisis; primarily created during the years between 1986 and 1996. The work addresses AIDS not only as a unique viral pandemic but also as a political and cultural phenomenon. The language of its representation is as complex as the socio-political fields from which it is articulated. Its picture is not singular or fixed but fractured and multi-dimensional. It is as private as it is public.

The LGBT Community Center’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors’ public and gallery spaces contain my work from this period, not in a chronological fashion, but in a way that clusters ideas and themes that I have been developing over the years.

For those of you who are too young to remember the early years of the epidemic, I hope that this exhibition will give you a frame within which to picture an intensely complicated, often painful, but more often heroic era in the history of our community.

Rudy Lemcke 
The LGBT Community Center
 San Francisco, California