A Corresponding List for NYPL’s Exhibit Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism
The early days of the AIDS epidemic were marked by prejudice, ignorance, and political strife—but the grassroots work of pioneering activists changed the conversation, sparking the fight that generated real change, and eventually, strong action from national and international leaders.
Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism is a powerful exhibition presented by The New York Public Library that examines the impact and significance of early AIDS activists in the 1980s and 1990s. The free exhibition will run now through April 6, 2014, in the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery, located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.
A range of archival materials from the Library’s extensive collections illustrates the important stories of AIDS activism, including video footage, pamphlets, books, buttons, journals, and much more. The Library has preserved the archives of key organizations and individuals involved in the struggle to end the AIDS crisis, including such groups as Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Gran Fury, and ACT UP NY. Items from all of these archives will be featured in the exhibition.
In honor of this new exhibit, I compiled a list of some important books, films, videos, and articles from our collection that pertain to the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
And the Band Played On: Politics, Peoples, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
Hospital Time by Amy Hoffman
Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir by Mark Doty
Plays Well with Others by Allan Gurganus
The Scientists by Marco Roth
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Martin and John by Dale Peck
Angels in America: Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner
Angels in America: Part Two: Perestroika by Tony Kushner
The Man with Night Sweats by Thom Gunn
Does Your House Have Lions by Sonia Sanchez
You can access these videos at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center:
You can access these articles and more through Academic Search Premier, available at all library locations or at home with your NYPL library card:
Note: I tried my best to only include titles that are not housed in our research collections and can be checked out at one of our many branches.