World AIDS Day: This is Not an AIDS Advertisement Screening and Talk

For World AIDS Day 2019, The Broad presents a screening of artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien’s short video, This is Not an AIDS Advertisement (1987, Super 8 transferred to video, 10 min), hosted and co-organized by West Hollywood’s poet laureate, Steven Reigns.

Following the screening, Reigns, along with award-winning author Bernard Cooper, writer, musician, and choreographer Brontez Purnell, and acclaimed writer and producer, Jacob Tobia, will respond to Julien’s film, speak to how HIV and AIDS have impacted their lives personally, and present examples of their own work.

In its stylish and erotic imagery, This is Not an AIDS Advertisement might be seen as having been a riposte to the Puritanism of the mid-1980s’ “moral panic” around AIDS. The film is a two-part video: the first deals with lyrical images of death and loss while the second part is more joyful, assertive, and celebratory, accompanied by a funk-heavy soundtrack and politically charged poetry. Hot pink tinting makes men the objects of desire.

Since opening its doors in 2015, The Broad has presented annual programming for World AIDS Day to commemorate the many who have lost their lives to the pandemic, to recognize the many still living with HIV/AIDS, and to acknowledge that, globally speaking, the AIDS crisis is not over. At the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, artists became activists and activism grew into an art form. Prime examples of this include Broad collection artists Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz (both of whom died of AIDS-related complications), as well as Glenn Ligon and Jenny Holzer, who continue to use their artistic voices to highlight the need for public awareness on the subject.

Free walk-up admission will be available. Please note that reserving a ticket does not guarantee seating at the event as seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Free tickets for this event grant one-time, same-day access to The Broad’s third floor galleries.

Start Date

January 19, 2020

End Date

January 19, 2020


02:00 PM - 03:00 PM


221 S. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012

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