AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism

Curator, Museum of the City of New York, May to October 2017


AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism examined how artists and activists have expanded the idea of caretaking and family and navigated the political stakes of domestic life in the face of the HIV/AIDS crisis, from the early 1980s to the present. From the earliest diagnoses, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has spurred New Yorkers to create new forms of social support, identify new legal battles, and explore new artistic terrain. The exhibition placed paintings, photography, and film alongside archival objects from activist groups and support programs to uncover the private stories of HIV and AIDS and reconsider caretaking, community building, and making art as acts of resistance.

AIDS at Home included work by more than 20 artists—well-known, emerging, and newly discovered—including David Wojnarowicz, Nan Goldin, Kia LaBeija, Hunter Reynolds, Hugh Steers, Luna Luis Ortiz, Lori Grinker, Avram Finkelstein, Susan Kuklin, L.J. Roberts, and Chloe Dzubilo, as well as several activist and arts organizations.

The exhibition is based on research from Stephen Vider's forthcoming book, Queer Belongings: Gender, Sexuality, And the American Home After World War II

Selected Media Coverage

New Yorker

Washington Post

PBS Newshour



Youth Channel, Manhattan Neighborhood Network


Curator and Artist Tour with Visual AIDS

Photographs: Brad Farwell, Courtesy of MCNY

Curatorial Assistant: Becky Laughner

Exhibition Designer: Marissa Martonyi

Special thanks to Visual AIDS

A Place in the City: Three Stories About HIV/AIDS at Home

Co-Director with Nate Lavey, originally produced for AIDS at Home, Museum of the City of New York, 2017



The documentary A Place in the City  follows three activists to examine how HIV/AIDS plays out in the everyday lives of New Yorkers today and how community groups work to remake home as a space of caretaking, housing, and family.


The film was originally featured in the Museum of the City of New York's 2017 exhibition, AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism. The documentary was also featured at NewFest, the New York LGBT Film Festival, in 2017, the LGBT Toronto Film Festival in 2018, and in public programs at The Broad, Los Angeles, and the Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.


Ted Kerr and What Would and HIV Doula Do?

Wanda Hernandez-Parks and VOCAL-NY

Kia LaBeija

Produced by Stephen Vider

Cinematography & editing: Nate Lavey
Graphic Designer: Marissa Martonyi
Sound Recorder: Nemo Allen
Music: Jonathan Zalben

Museum of the City of New York, 2017

Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York

Co-curator with Donald Albrecht, Museum of the City of New York, September 2016 to March 2017

Exhibition catalog, Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York (Rizzoli, 2016), Lambda Literary Award finalist



Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York explored the creative networks of ten LGBT artists and the larger artistic worlds they shaped across the 20th century. It revealed an often-hidden side of the history of New York City and celebrated the power of artistic collaboration to transcend oppression. 

Gay Gotham featured the work of artists including Andy Warhol, feminist artist Harmony Hammond, Harlem Renaissance painter and writer Richard Bruce Nugent, and transgender artist Greer Lankton. The exhibition showcased paintings and photographs, as well as letters, snapshots, and ephemera that illuminate their personal bonds.

An exhibition catalog, co-authored by Donald Albrecht and Stephen Vider, was published by Rizzoli. It was a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ non-fiction.

Selected Media Coverage

New Yorker

New York Times


American Photo

Photographs: John Halpern, courtesy of MCNY

Curatorial Assistant: Becky Laughner

Exhibition Design: Joel Sanders Architecture and Pure & Applied