HIV/AIDS is the subject of two of three new exhibitions that will be spotlighted Friday, Nov. 18, 6-8 p.m., at the International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
"Affinity in the Tall Grasses of California" features artist Whit Forrester, who documents the workings of medical cannabis farms in the Golden State. A number of the photographs presented in this exhibition were shot at an LGBTQ-owned and -operated farm upstate. It runs through Feb. 26, 2017.
"The Screening Room" focuses on screenings in its art galleries that address the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and communities of color. Video art produced at the height of the AIDS crisis include Ellen Spiro's ( In )Visible Women and Marlon Riggs' No Regrets. Marking HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, this exhibition runs through Friday, Dec. 30.
Also, for the 2016 Day With( out ) Art ( Dec. 1 ), Visual AIDS presents Compulsive Practice, a video compilation of compulsive, daily and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon and change how HIV/AIDS affects them.
The other new exhibition is "Wound Healing: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Technology."
The reception is free and open to the public.