Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art & Art History

First Advisor

Howard Singerman

Second Advisor

Lynda Klich

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari


This paper provides a historical account and analysis of Visual AIDS’ first Day Without Art in 1989, a day of action and mourning observed at hundreds of art museums in response to the AIDS crisis. Day Without Art marshaled arts professionals to engage in the struggle against AIDS, shifting social roles and responsibilities within art institutions.



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