New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
(between 76th & 77th Streets)
The New-York Historical Society will present AIDS in New York: The First Five Years, on view from June 7 through September 15, 2013, chronicling the early history of the AIDS epidemic in New York City—from the first rumors in 1981 of a “gay plague” through the ensuing period of intense activism, clinical research, and political struggle.
With a wealth of materials drawn from New-York Historical’s archives as well as the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the exhibition will use artifacts including clinicians’ notes, journal entries, diaries, letters, audio and video clips, posters, photographs, pamphlets, and newspapers to revisit the impact of the epidemic on personal lives and public culture in New York City and the nation.
A companion exhibition, Children With AIDS: 1990-2000, also opening June 7th, will feature twenty black-and-white photographs by Claire Yaffa from her collection The Changing Face of Children with AIDS.