Panel Discussion: Art, AIDS, and the Legacy of Charles Williams Today
On the occasion of the exhibition The Life and Death of Charles Williams, Burnaway presents a panel discussion about the impact of AIDS/HIV on artists in the South. While much of the art historical narratives around the AIDS crisis of the 1980's has focused on the experiences of LGBTQ artists living in New York and California, the epidemic also had a profound impact on Southern artists such as Williams, who died in 1998 from AIDS-related complications and starvation. A few months later, an organization called A Moveable Feast, Lexington was founded in his honor and tasked itself with providing hot meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in the region. This panel will convene members of the HIV/AIDS advocacy community alongside the exhibition's curator and Burnaway's editor Logan Lockner to address Charles Williams's life and legacy and explore what his story can teach us about the role of art and advocacy in supporting artists and others with HIV/AIDS today.