Brier-Curated Exhibition Opens Soon

A major exhibition on the history and cultural presence of AIDS curated by Jennie Brier, Associate Professor of History and Gender & Women's Studies will open soon at UIC. "Surviving and Thriving: AIDS Politics, and Culture" portrayal of the social history the epidemic that created a health - and later moral - panic in the late twentieth century.

"Surviving and Triving" explores how the disease unleashed a wave of homophobia and misunderstanding when when it appeared in 1981. It chronicles the response of activists who worked to raise awareness both within the LGBT community and beyond in the face of suspicion and, later, the indifference of outsiders.


The exhibition is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, a branch of theNational Institutes for Health. It will open at the Library of Health Sciences (1750 W. Polk, Chicago, IL 60612) on October 7th and will remain there until November 16. It will appear in over 50 other venues throughout the United States between 2014 and 2016.

For those who can't make it in person -- or who want more information -- a virtual exhibit is available online. It includes a multimedia history of AIDS research and activism, resources for teachers, and a wealth of historical images.

Brier was assisted by graduate student Emily Easton from the Department of Communication.