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Bowdoin Observes "Day Without Art"

Story posted November 30, 1999

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is participating in the 11th DAY WITHOUT ART on Dec. 1, an international day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis.

More than 5,000 cultural and AIDS service organizations are joining together to organize observances to promote international unity, compassion, and support, and to honor and recognize the many friends and colleagues who are living with, or have died from AIDS. The AIDS pandemic confronts us with the ongoing disparities and inequalities of treatment of individuals and classes in America. For those living with HIV/AIDS, the sense of separation from a "great society" is real and continuous.

At the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, an empty easel in the rotunda will be draped in black as a symbolic observance of this day.

Arts organizations are uniting in this observance because leaves a legacy of the effect of the times on the individual. Making art is good for the individual; looking at art changes people; the idea of leaving something behind strengthens people; art gives the individual a chance to talk about complicated issues; and making and viewing art tells us something about ourselves.

The national DAY WITHOUT ART 1999 is organized by Visual AIDS, New York City, and is made possible by the Alliance for the Arts, the Artists Foundation, Artists Space, the Borough President of Manhattan, City AIDS Action, Con Edison, The Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, Griffin Linton Contemporary Exhibitions, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Heublein International, the Jewish Museum, the Mary J. Hutchins Foundation, MTV, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Historical Society, the New York State Council on the Arts, Wild Wings Foundation, and Zynyx Marketing.

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