AIDS Memorial Quilt on Display at the Museum of Sex to Commemorate World AIDS Day

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Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the Museum of Sex from November 29th through December 2nd in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st.

World AIDS Day, begun in 1988 and held annually on the first of December, is an opportunity for people worldwide to both contemplate this global pandemic and unite in the fight against it while commemorating those lives – more than twenty-five million between 1987 and 2007 -- that have been lost to the disease. It is an important day to remind the public and Government that HIV has not gone away and there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, improve education and fight prejudice.

Begun in 1987, the AIDS Memorial Quilt is now the world’s largest ongoing community arts project. It was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and was the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary, “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt,” that same year. More than 91,000 names are now memorialized on the quilt’s 44,000-plus panels, two of which will be on display at the Museum of Sex beginning November 29th through December 2nd.

In keeping with the AIDS Memorial Quilt’s message of hope on this the 30th anniversary of the pandemic, the panels on display at the museum – originating in Canada and Spain – are sponsored by the International AIDS Prevention Initiative. In addition to the quilt’s being a memorial to those lives lost, it serves as a visual reminder to all who see it that the fight against AIDS is far from over: Every day another 7,397 people – 308 each hour – contract the virus, and an estimated 33 million people worldwide (1.1 million in the US) are now living with AIDS.

With each panel of the quilt memorializing eight lives lost to AIDS, the quilt creates awareness by humanizing the staggering scope of the pandemic. This awareness, in turn, furthers efforts to combat the disease. In fact, the AIDS Memorial Quilt itself – viewed worldwide by more than 14 million people since its inception -- has raised more than $4 million in the global fight against the disease. By showcasing panels from the quilt in its storefront, the Museum of Sex hopes to further these efforts at awareness in the ongoing fight against AIDS.

About The Museum of Sex
The Mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality. In its exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum of Sex is committed to opening discourse and exchange and to bringing to the public the best in current scholarship. The Museum’s permanent collection of over 15,000 artifacts is comprised of works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions historical ephemera and an extensive multimedia library. In a city that never sleeps, the Museum of Sex is constantly evolving and has no plans to slow down.

For high resolution images of the quilt panels and press questions contact:
Jim O’Shea
212-689-6337 ext. 125
joshea(at)museumofsex(dot)com

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