Art and Activism in the 1980s

May 5th at 5pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
Free Event


How did activist art provoke social change regarding the AIDS crisis? What is the relationship between art and public policy? What has changed between 1982 and 2012?

David Ernesto Munar
President/CEO of the AIDS foundation

Dr. Jennifer Brier
Author of Infectious Ideas: AIDS and US Politics, 1980-2006
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies & History at UIC

Drew Dir
Court Theatre's Resident Dramaturg
Production Dramaturg for Angels in America

We invite you to attend this free evening of cultural inquiry that explores the intersection between the exhibit This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s and Court Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's two-part, Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Angels in America. After a brief introduction by Museum of Contemporary Art's Curatorial Assistant Karsten Lund, guests are welcome to walk through the galleries at their leisure and then participate in a discussion featuring the panelists listed above.

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Angels and Demons:  Reflections on the AIDS Epidemic in the U.S.

Monday, May 14th at 4:30 PM
Free Admission


How has the AIDS crisis changed since the mid-1980s, the era that Tony Kushner captured in Angels in America? What is it like to live with AIDS in 2012? Join a panelist of experts at Court Theatre to explore the thirty-year history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, as well as the political and biological campaigns that are still being fought to end the crisis. Guest speakers include David Munar, CEO/President of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Dr. John Schneider, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Chicago; and Keith Green, co-founder of the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus. 

David Bevington Discussion

Wednesday, May 30 following the 7:30 pm performance of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Thursday, May 31 following the 7:30 pm performance of Angels in America: Perestroika



Join world-renowned University of Chicago theater scholar David Bevington in a lively post-show conversation with Resident Dramaturg Drew Dir. Your comments and questions are part of the discourse as Professor Bevington and the artistic staff provide context and probe the deeper issues of each play in Court Theatre’s season. One Wednesday performance of each play features this popular in-depth discussion. These conversations begin immediately after the performance, last approximately 30 minutes, and are free and open to all—even if you saw the show on another night, come back and join us!


University of Chicago Student Day

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches on Sunday, April 8 @ 2 PM
Angels in America: Perestroika on Sunday, April 8 @ 7 PM


University of Chicago students are invited to enjoy FREE food and soda after the performance! U of C Student tickets are always just $10 per part with valid U of C ID.