Militant Eroticism - The ART+Positive Archives
Paperback – November 30, 2017
by Daniel Berger, John Neff (Author)
Published by Sternberg Press, the book is the first survey of the art and practice of Art+Positive, a significant affinity group of ACT UP New York during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
Staging self-initiated actions, and also participating in larger demonstrations organized by ACT UP, Art+Positive practiced an improvisational approach to activism fighting AIDS phobia, homophobia and racism activism at the intersection of the AIDS crisis and the Culture Wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Members, collaborators and contributors to Art+Positive included artists Lola Flash, Nan Goldin, Aldo Hernández, Zoe Leonard, Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds, Catherine Saalfield (aka Gunn), Julie Tolentino and David Wojnarowicz.
The Art+Positive archives, have been out of public view for more than 25 years. Art collector and HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Daniel S. Berger acquired the group’s archives in early 2015. Shortly thereafter, he and artist John Neff presented an exhibition of the archives at Iceberg.
Projects, Chicago. Militant Eroticism: The Art+ Positive Archives documents that exhibition, and is extensively illustrated with artworks, documents, protest ephemera and meeting notes from the Art+Positive archives. Also included are essays by Berger, Neff, and former ACT UP member and scholar Deborah Levine. These essays are presented alongside previously unpublished writings by Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds and David Wojnarowicz.