Oral history interview with Alexandra Juhasz

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.juhasz17
Creators:
Juhasz, Alexandra
Kerr, Theodore
Dates:
2017 December 19-21
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
6 Items
sound files (5 hr., 56 min.) Audio
digital, wav
117 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview with Alexandra Juhasz conducted 2017 December 19 and 21, by Theodore Kerr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Juhasz's home in Brooklyn, New York.
Scope and Contents
Juhasz speaks of her commitment to AIDS activism; her intellectual, bohemian, culturally Jewish upbringing; developing her feminism, political consciousness and activism in high school and college; her relationship with James "Jim" Robert Lamb; moving to New York for graduate school in 1986; the beginning of her AIDS activism and video-making practice in the late '80s; reflecting on her privilege and positionality in her activist work; her commitment to making marginal work; Jim Lamb's role in Video Remains, followed by his death and enduring inspiration for her work; the striking and surprising aspects of participating in an oral history; historical and theoretical underpinnings of video-making as an activist strategy and process; making activist video with the WAVE collective; the stakes, challenges, and costs of marginalized communities fighting for self-representation; making activist video with Swarthmore college students; the artistic milieu of New Queer Cinema; producing The Watermelon Woman and recently re-releasing it; moving to Los Angeles and having a period of silence in AIDS activism; returning to AIDS activism by making Video Remains; her ongoing collaborative writing about AIDS with Theodore Kerr; and her most recent projects. Juhasz also recalls Eve Sedgwick, Joe Guimento, Jon Engebretson, Jean Carlomusto, Tom Kalin, Avram Finkelstein, Amber Hollibaugh, Maxine Wolfe, Miguel Prieto, Robert Vasquez-Pacheco, Charles Ludlam, Everett Quinton, Carolyn Lesjak, Yannick Durand, Juanita Mohammed, Sharon Penceal, Aida Matta, Glenda Hasty, Marcia Edwards, Kenrick Cato, Megan Cunningham, Cheryl Dunye, Zoe Leonard, Pato Hebert, Alisa Lebow, Sarah Schulman, Todd Haynes, Ellen Spiro, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Alexandra Juhasz (1964- ) is an AIDS activist, media maker, and scholar in New York, New York. Theodore Kerr (1979- ) is a writer and organizer in New York, New York.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Author
Sponsor
Funded by the Keith Haring Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

Using the Collection
System Details
Recorded on Tascam DR-100MKII R00329.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Carlomusto, Jean Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cato, Kenrick Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cunningham, Megan Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Durand, Yannick Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dunye, Cheryl Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edwards, Marcia Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Engebreston, Jon Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Finkelstein, Avram, 1952- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Hasty, Glenda Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Haynes, Todd Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hebert, Pato Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hollibaugh, Amber L., 1946- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kalin, Tom Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lamb, James Robert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Leonard, Zoe Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lesjak, Carolyn, 1963- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ludlam, Charles Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Matta, Aida Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mohammed, Juanita Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Penceal, Sharon Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Prieto, Miguel Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quinton, Everett Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schulman, Sarah, 1958- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spiro, Ellen Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vasquez-Pacheco, Robert Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wolf, Maxine Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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