The AIDS Quilt

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2009-08-19

Until September 20, the Institute of Texan Cultures will display 12 “blocks” of the AIDS Quilt, the traveling , commemorative, ongoing phenomenon that began in 1987 and now includes 47,000 individual panels. It’s not been a wholly uncontroversial public/folk/activism art project (cultural critic Daniel Harris once infamously decried it as “kitsch”), but it does celebrate the lives of 96 Texans, some from San Antonio, whom we’ve lost to the disease. We like that the Institute of Texan Cultures is embracing the LGBT community culture in such a formal, respectful way. Go see history, kitsch or not.