This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Ross Bleckner and curator Helga Kessler Aurisch. 

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is now showing "Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s," a Michael Auping-curated survey of that decade’s New York art scene. The exhibition includes major works by virtually every major New York artist of the decade, including Bleckner. It’s on view through January 4th, 2015. The catalogue was published by Skira Rizzoli and is available from Amazon for under $40.

Since coming to prominence after his first New York solo exhibition in 1983, Ross Bleckner has been the subject of solo exhibitions all over the world, including at the Moderna Museet in Sweden, at the Kunstmuseum Luzern in Switzerland and at the Prefectural Art Museum in Nagasaki, Japan.  In 1995, then-Guggenheim curator Lisa Dennison organized a mid-career survey of Bleckner’s work. 

This is Bleckner’s Outstanding European (1989), one of the paintings he and host Tyler Green discuss on this week’s program. 

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Let’s stop HIV in New York City

  • If you are HIV-negative, PEP and PrEP can help you stay that way.
  • If you are HIV-positive, PEP and PrEP can help protect your partners.

 

Daily PrEP

PrEP is a daily pill that can help keep you HIV-negative as long as you take it every day.

  • Ask your doctor if PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) may be right for you.
  • Condoms give you additional protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.

 

Emergency PEP

If you are HIV-negative and think you were exposed to HIV, immediately go to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP (Post-exposure  Prophylaxis).

  • PEP can stop HIV if started within 36 hours of exposure.
  • You continue taking PEP for 28 days.

Many insurance plans including Medicaid cover PEP and PrEP. Assistance may be available if you are uninsured. Visit NYC Health’s website to find out where to get PrEP or PEP in New York City.

What’s the safest way for me to have a baby with my HIV+ partner?

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Someone asked us:

My boyfriend has HIV and we always wear condoms as a result, but we’ve always wanted to have children together and have danced around the fact our condom use prevents that. Is there anything we can do to have children with IVF while still keeping me (and our future babies) safe?

Good news! Mixed-status couples can have perfectly healthy children without spreading HIV. Here’s what you need to know:

Look into something called “sperm washing.” Sperm washing can remove HIV from semen, making it safe to use for fertility procedures (like artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization).

If the person who is looking to get pregnant is HIV positive, then artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization is the way to go, along with following a doctor’s advice for treatment throughout pregnancy. Additionally, people living with HIV/AIDS should NOT breastfeed their babies. Along with semen, vaginal fluids, and blood, HIV is also carried in breast milk, so nursing can pass the virus to their child.

At the end of the day, your best bet is to find a doctor who knows about this stuff and work with them to figure out what makes the most sense for you.

Finally, whether or not y’all are trying to get pregnant, look into backing up those condoms with PReP to further reduce your risk of HIV transmission.

-Mylanie at Planned Parenthood

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Important fact about Joan Rivers: She was a fierce advocate for people with HIV/AIDS and spoke publicly and often about her personal connection to the cause. In this video, an interview from her appearance on Celebrity Apprentice, she explains why she works with God’s Love We Deliver, a New York-based charity that provides meals to people with AIDS and others who are too sick to cook for themselves. Rest in peace. (via ThinkProgress)

By the time the AIDs virus, HIV, was discovered in 1983 it had been silently spreading in Africa for over 50 years. First it jumped from chimps to humans in south east Cameroon, most likely via a bush meat hunter. But scientists pinpoint Kinshasa (formerly Leopoldville, capital of the Belgian Congo) 700 kilometres away as the epicentre of the pandemic. So an unwitting human virus carrier probably took HIV down the Sangha and Congo Rivers by ferry, reaching the city by the 1920s. Then, aided by an explosion in STDs in the 1930s and possible virus transmission via antibiotic treatment using contaminated needles in the 1940s-1950s, the virus gained a foothold in Kinshasa. But there the trail went cold - exactly how HIV spread from Kinshasa to the rest of Africa remained a mystery.

Now scientists have found the answer – the railways. Built by colonial powers from the 1920s onwards to transport diamonds from remote mining towns to Leopoldville, trains inadvertently carried the virus inside human cargo to these rapidly growing centres. And from there HIV stealthy crept across Africa. Then in 1964 the virus took flight to Haiti and onwards to the US three years later – its global journey had begun. 

- Dorothy H. Crawford, author of Virus Hunt

Image: Union of South Africa rail travel, by Andrew. CC-BY-2.0 via Flickr.