Annotated Bibliography #2

Andrew Lowry is a male who passed away from HIV. He currently has a panel at The NAMES Project in Atlanta, Georgia.


Holding a BA in journalism, Muri Assuncao, claims that “the use of art as a coping mechanism and a call to action in the face of adversity is, of course, nothing new.” He uses pictures from artists, reports from the CDC, and he uses quotes from his interviews with people like Gregg Ellis the curator of Screaming in the Streets: AIDS, Art, Activism. Muri is trying to get his audience to understand that the disease is not what it once was and how through art the perception has slowly but surely changed. His intended audience are people who are interested in art, culture, and news that is relevant. People who may be looking for some inspiration to be hopeful that the disease is no longer one that is death sentence.

The culture of art and HIV relate to my panel, because he was an artist as well, which is displayed through the panel. Andrew lived until 2006 which was well after the epidemic was rapid. This shows exactly what this author is trying to portray, because people like Andrew was able to live with the disease outside of the 1980’s.

Assuncao, Muri. “How AIDS Changed Art Forever”. 21 Aug. 2017.


Michael Kimmelman, Pullitzer Prize for criticism nominee, asserts that “art has confronted AIDS the way people confront AIDS – with fear, anger, sorrow, defiance and confusion.” Kimmelman uses evidence of analyzing different forms of art like plays, movies, Nicholas Nixon’s photographs, and even The Names Project quilts. He wants for his audience to understand the different ways in which AIDS can be portrayed, through art and that when exhibited it doesn’t have to be in a derogatory way but it can be humorous. His audience is anyone who is interested in the art culture and those who are interested in knowing the different ways that AIDS was being portrayed back in the 1980’s. People who may be into the art culture may find this information useful, because not only is it history of the different ways that art has contributed, but it can also give those new artists some inspiration.

In the panel for Andrew there were a variety of arts being displayed. In this article he talks about the many ways that art has portrayed HIV/AIDS. Even though his quilt doesn’t tap into every piece of art showed in this article it still shows the relationship between the art culture and the epidemic. When I went onto this article I was looking for the relationship between art and HIV/AIDS. Through this article I found that there is a distinct correlation with the two cultures relationship.

Kimmelman, Michael. “Bitter Harvest: AIDS and the Arts”. 19 Mar. 1989.


Rosemary Ponnekanti, editor in chief of ArtsHouston magazine, claims that “Let the Record Show,” helped change how America viewed HIV/AIDS and how art itself worked. Next weekend Tacoma Art Museum explores that change in its groundbreaking national show “Art AIDS America.” She uses evidence through interviews with curators and co-curators of the art and people like Duane Wilkerson, the president of the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. In this article Rosemary is informing people on the art show that changed the views on AIDS through art and how exactly it changed people’s views. Her intended audience is not a formal audience, but rather anyone who may be interested in art and how it impacted this epidemic. People who may be into art and is looking to put on an art show to make a difference may find this information useful to have an idea of which direction to go in.

Andrew was an artist and this article is merely about art and the show that changed peoples’ view on the epidemic. It is evident the relationship between art and the HIV/AIDS epidemic is one that goes hand in hand. This article relates to Andrew Lowry’s panel because of his interest in art. Also, this art culture is displayed throughout his panel which connects the article to him. It is interesting to see the impact art had on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and makes me question if that was the very reason Andrew became so into art.

Ponnekanti, Rosemary. “‘Art AIDS America’ explores how art changed an epidemic”. 26 Sept. 2015.


A reporter, Nikki Tundel, argues that “AIDS has greatly impacted the medical community. But it’s has also left its mark on American culture.” She uses evidence from an interview with Dr. Jon Hallberg, “the medical director of the Center for Medical Humanities at the University of Minnesota Medical School.” Tundel wrote this article with intentions of informing readers of the several ways the AIDS epidemic shaped America. Her audience is people who are interested in the news and people who listen to the radio and may have missed that segment. People who may be researching how different the world may be and in what aspects it would be different in had the AIDS epidemic never existed.

Andrew resided in Atlanta, which is made evident through his quilt. This article is about how America has been changed because of this epidemic and Andrew lived in America. This relates back to my panel in this way, because not only would America be different had this epidemic never came about but so would Andrew’s life. He would’ve never experienced life with the disease and he would still b alive. He is definitely apart of this American culture that has been changed forever.

Tundel, Nikki. “How AIDS changed American culture”. 19 Jun 2006.


Winner of Best New Journalist award, Stav Ziv asserts that “they are trying to make the multitude and diversity of art about HIV/AIDS visible and to remind visitors that the disease had, and continues to have, a profound influence on American society and culture.” He uses evidence through images and past visual aids used throughout time. He wrote this with the intentions of informing people on how this exhibit shed light on the unseen parts of HIV/AIDS. His article was meant to reach people who are interested in the American art and how the views on HIV/AIDS changed through this art. Anyone who is into the arts and exhibits and knowing how they can make an impact in different social movements may be interested in this information.

This article relates back to my panel because he was into art. Not just one type of art but different forms of art. In this article it shows how art portrayed the epidemic and how it changed many peoples views on the disease. This was two things that Andrew was engaged in, because he was an artist and he did have the disease. So this culture of art was something that not only impacted Andrew but the HIV/AIDS epidemic as well.

Ziv, Stav. “Exhibit at Bronx Museum Explores the Influence of HIV/AIDS on American Art”. 16 July 2016.