Fonds MG 4316 - John A. Schweitzer Fonds

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John A. Schweitzer Fonds

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CA MUA MG 4316

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  • 1905-2013 (Creation)
    Schweitzer, John A., 1952-

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AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) activism began in the early 1980's when the disease was first discovered and beginning to be understood. AIDS activism took many cultural forms, including the creation of artworks, fundraisers and other benefits. In Canada, John A. Schweitzer, both an artist and art collector, was an early leader in AIDS activism, holding the first AIDS benefit auction in Canada, Art against AIDS, in 1986. In 1990 he chaired An AIDS Benefit for Actors in Montréal and in 1994 he founded The John A. Schweitzer Foundation, a private trust in support of visual artists with AIDS. He often spoke out on the subject in interviews, at conferences, and in other public forums. Additionally, he collaborated with and exhibited works by Robert Mapplethorpe, a well-known contemporary visual artist who suffered from the disease. (From Epstein, S. (1996). Impure science: AIDS, activism, and the politics of knowledge. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press and the Curriculum Vitae of John A. Schweitzer

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The fonds reflects the artistic and teaching activities of John A. Schweitzer and includes professional archives as gallerist, curator, critic and collector; teaching records and related course materials; research pertaining to series of art works; the archives of various artists, such as the Hugo McPherson papers, Lise Gervais' materials and Embassy Row residence of Peter Dickinson and his materials; "Outsider" art and research collections; materials related to research and work on human sexuality; and materials pertaining to Canada, Quebec, Montreal and Expo 67 and Montreal Olympics.

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Rachel Black, 05/11/2018

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