ERIC RHEIN - VISUAL ARTIST Projects & Exhibitions
Current Archive


Art AIDS America - Group Exhibition
Alphawood Gallery, Chicago
December 1 – April 2, 2017

This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.

Art AIDS America is organized by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and co-curated by Jonathan David Katz, Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), and Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at Tacoma Art Museum.

Art AIDS America was presented at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY.

Museum hours: Wednesday – Thursday, 11am – 8pm
Friday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm
(Free Admission – Timed Passes Recommended)
Alphawood Gallery
2401 North Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614


Ordained - Solo Exhibition
Pavel Zoubok Gallery
September 10 – October 17, 2015

Featuring work created over the last three decades, Ordained emphasizes the tactility, mysticism and intransigent beauty of nature, a material lexicon nurtured during Rhein's childhood summers in the Mountains in Kentucky. In The Order, 2006-2015, gold-filled, silver and copper wires form cellular structures where antiquarian book covers, crystal prisms, salvaged hardware and cast bronze leaves are harmoniously composed. Gathered from locations as varied as Japan, Thailand, France, Appalachia, and the streets of New York City, the materials in The Order are a record of Rhein's travels to physical and liminal spaces. The act of charging cast-off objects with a new vitality mirrors the artist's own spiritual rebirth, experienced through his own evolving relationship with HIV.

Ordained is presented in companionship with Museology a solo exhibition of work by Barton Lidice Benes (1942-2012) who was a friend of Rhein's. The two exhibitions are complemented by an intimate presentation of works by these pioneering artists that explore survival and loss in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Pavel Zoubok Gallery
531 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001





Party Out Of Bounds:
Nightlife As Activism Since 1980
- Group Exhibition
La Ma Ma Galleria
September 18 – October 10, 2015

Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980, curated by Emily Colucci and Osman Can Yerebakan for Visual AIDS focuses on the intersection of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and nightlife from the 1980s to the present. Since the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, nightlife has been an escape, a community, a forum for information about safer sex practices and a center for activism. Taking its title from a B-52's song, Party Out Of Bounds showcases the transformative possibilities of nightlife as an alternative form of activism, articulating its influence on multiple generations of artists and activists.

The exhibition features artwork by Nayland Blake, Elegance Bratton, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Luis Carle, Clit Club Archive/Julie Tolentino, Chloe Dzubilo, Scott Ewalt, Robert Getso, Keith Haring, Aldo Hernandez Archive, Peter Hujar, Kia Labeija, Marc Lida, Caldwell Linker, Lovett/Codagnone, Charles Lum, Joseph Modica, Hunter Reynolds, Eric Rhein, John Sex, Linda Simpson, Chad States, Nelson Sullivan, Wu Tsang & RJ Messineo, Conrad Ventur, John Walter, John Waters, Jessica Whitbread, and David Wojnarowicz.

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1pm – 7pm
La Ma Ma Galleria
47 Great Jones Street
New York, NY


40: The Anniversary Exhibition - Group Exhibition
Hal Bromm Gallery
October 10, 2015 – March 31, 2016

Hal Bromm Gallery celebrates its fortieth anniversary. For this landmark exhibition, the gallery brings together work by over one hundred and thirty artists, many of whom have had long-standing relationships with the gallery throughout its rich history.

Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 5pm
and by appointment
Hal Bromm Gallery
90 West Broadway
New York, NY 10007


Leaves has an International Presence

The American Embassy in Malta acquired an installation of six works from Leaves, an AIDS memorial, for its permanent collection.

Leaves continues to be exhibited internationally in both artistic and cultural institutions, such as: the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada; The Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase; the American Folk Art Museum in New York City; the Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey; the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey; The Memphis College of Art in Tennessee; the offices of The National AIDS Fund in Washington, DC; and the Ambassadorial Residence in Yaoundé, Cameroon.



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