Just a quick update regarding the quilt display on World AIDS Day: R. Schuyler Hooke of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center provided these pics of Richard Amsel's panel. Schuyler said that it was discussed with visiting groups of schoolchildren. Perhaps one of them may be an artist or illustrator in the making...
The panel is now en route to Washington D.C. for inclusion within the AIDS Memorial/NAMES Project.
For more information on the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Names Project, go to www.aidsquilt.org.
Limited prints of this panel are included among the thank you gifts for donations to the documentary. Click here for more information.
At the end of last year, I gave a set of postcards to everyone who contributed at least $25 to the film. Now that 2019 is drawing to a close, I'd like to offer some additional thank you gifts in time for the holidays, to those new contributors who donate $75 or more to our project through our Fractured Atlas donation page.
UPDATE: I've actually added additional prints and postcards to this rewards perk! All those who have already donated shall still receive these additional items!
This set is limited to 25 copies only, and includes:
Eight postcards, now including THE SHOOTIST, CHINATOWN, THE STING, FLASH GORDON, and both the original and rerelease poster illustrations for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.
Seven of these postcards are double-sided (see the top two rows for comparison), while...
I just returned from yet another trip to the East Coast, having traveled through four states in less than two weeks. I managed to spend some time with family, revisit old friends, and film some additional interviews for the documentary -- the latter of which I'll be detailing here soon.
I was also able complete a very important errand before my return flight to Los Angeles. I handed the Richard Amsel AIDS quilt panel over to the staff at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where it will be viewable to the public for the very first time, before its eventual inclusion within the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C.
I've long sought a proper venue to debut the panel, as most places hosting portions of the quilt did not have room for additional entries. I also believed that, since Amsel spent the...
I know, I know... I have a lot of catching up to do.
My 2018 ended with a purchase of a new home, while much of 2019 (thus far) was spent packing up the old place and moving into the new one. (I dare not use the term "unpacking" as my office/studio room is still filled with clutter yet to be organized.)
The last time I moved was four years ago, into a lovely 2-bedroom apartment in Sierra Madre, CA. As I was fairly happy there, I told myself I wouldn't move out unless I experienced either a significant life change, or California's plate tectonics deemed it absolutely necessary. Fortunately, it was a life change for the better.
For my previous move, I took a week off work, and had everything ready for a housewarming party a few weeks later. But moving into this new townhouse took a lot more ou...
As World AIDS Day draws to a close here in California, I finally want to share with everyone the panel I had made in Richard Amsel's memory, for inclusion within the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
We did a quick unfolding of the panel next to The Wall Las Memorias AIDS Monument, within Los Angeles' Lincoln Park. I also shot some video of the nearby murals, as people gathered in preparation for this evening's candlelight vigil.
I think the younger generations may never fully grasp the sheer magnitude of the devastation left in the wake of AIDS, nor the maddening political and social indifference, if not outright cruelty, so many of its victims were forced to endure during the Reagan/Bush eras. (That George H.W. Bush should die on World AIDS Day -- of all days -- only seems...
Saturday, Dec. 1st is World AIDS Day -- an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. This year marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day's inception.
This coming week -- on December 4th -- also marks what would have been Richard Amsel's 71st birthday, so I felt it was only fitting to finally unveil the panel I had made earlier this year for inclusion within the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
These past few months I'd been wrestling with trying to find a suitable venue for showing the panel. I originally hoped to display it along with some of Amsel's original artwork; I reached out to a number of local art galleries, colleges and universities, city libraries, city halls, and LGBT...
It was around this time a year ago when I interviewed Rhona Gross at her home in North Carolina. She was a classmate of Richard Amsel’s at the (then named) Philadelphia College of Art. While I intend to post a proper commentary on that meeting in the near future, I mention it here because, of all those I had interviewed, it was Gross who first posed the following question to me:
“Does Richard have a panel on the AIDS quilt?”
Many might be surprised to learn that Amsel, despite the enormous popularity of his work and creative legacy, is not yet represented on the quilt.
I’ve already taken the liberty of changing that.
Consulting with David Byrd and Judy Goldman, two of Amsel’s best friends, I came up with a design that I had printed on fabric. I then had a local quilting company add quilted e...