AA Bronson's virtual gallery

General Idea
from 1969 through 1994 I lived and worked as part of the artists' group General Idea.

Biography
or for a biography of General Idea, click here.
For the finding aid of the General Idea Archive, click here.


AA BRONSON*HEALER

AA Bronson's MEDIA GURU Editions
can be seen and ordered here.

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This Page Updated October 9, 2010

LOVE'S BODY 2: art in the age of AIDS NEW
at The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, October 2 - December 5, 2010

From the press release: AIDS is a problem common to every country throughout the contemporary world. From the late eighties to early nineties AIDS became more than just an incurable disease that took the lives of numerous artists, it also provided photography and art with the opportunity to carry out a fundamental reassessment of social problems such as prejudice or discrimination. In their work, the many artists who were infected with AIDS confronted not only the disease itself, but also these 'social sicknesses', treating them as personal issues and creating numerous works that forced us to address these problems. Even today, new possibilities of expression that force us to consider transformations of sexuality or expressions of others, representations of the body or questions of art and politics continue to be produced. This exhibition will present works that are powerful enough to have influenced aspects of art and photography while reappraising and redefining their meaning.

Artists: AA Bronson, Peter Hujar, Hervé Guibert, Sunil Gupta, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Wojnarowicz, William Yang, Akira the Hustler/Cho Yukio

AA BRONSON'S SCHOOL FOR YOUNG SHAMANS NEW
at The Banff Centre (Alberta) May 10 - June 18, 2010

This master class was designed to revisit the sixties notion of the "free school" to construct an experiment in education and collaboration. Inspired by faerie circles, tea parties, queer rituals, group therapy, ceremonial magic, quilting bees, circle jerks, and other spiritual, psychological and social forms, the participants were to work with each other and with AA Bronson to construct a context in which to develop their individual projects. Readings and group discussion included diverse topics related to art, healing, ritual, sexuality, and spirit.

AA Bronson has canceled the master class: "Perhaps I was foolish to think that queer ritual and queer community could flourish in the institutional environment of the Banff Center."

AA BRONSON'S COMPASSION
at Union Theological Seminary, New York, November 16, 2009 - January 14, 2010
(Scroll down for Holland Cotter's review)

COMPASSION uses the buildings of Union Theological Seminary to create a kind of pilgrimage. The works are situated in various locations to create a tour of this remarkable and often overlooked historic complex. The Institute of Art, Religion, and Social Justice was founded under the auspices of Union Theological Seminary to explore the relationship between contemporary art and religion through the lens of social justice. See more here.


INVOCATION OF THE QUEER SPIRITS (FIRE ISLAND)
on Fire Island, of the south shore of Long Island, on the evening of August 20th, 2009, Peter Hobbs and AA Bronson join together for an encounter by which they channel past visitors to the island, Frank O'Hara, Spalding Gray and Andy Warhol.

SULEMAN ANAYA INTERVIEWS AA BRONSON
in ACNE Paper 9, Winter 2009/2010.

INVOCATION OF THE QUEER SPIRITS (GOVERNOR'S ISLAND)
in a deserted house on this 18th century military fort, off the tip of Manhattan, on the evening of June 25, 2009, Peter Hobbs and AA Bronson join Michael Bullock, Elijah Burgher, Peter Cramer, Adam Pollock, and Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur for an encounter with the island's queer history.

OLIVIER ZAHM & DASH SNOW INTERVIEW AA BRONSON
in PURPLE FASHION magazine #11, Summer Spring 2009.

INVOCATION OF THE QUEER SPIRITS (WINNIPEG):
in a deserted Army/Navy store, at the windy corner of Portage and Memorial in Winnipeg, at the witching hour on November 16th, 2009, AA Bronson and Peter Hobbs open a circle with Michael Dudeck and Noam Gonick.

INVOCATION OF THE QUEER SPIRITS (NEW ORLEANS):
At a secret place in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, at midnight on Hallowe'en.
Anne Pasternak interviews AA Bronson about his collaborative project with Peter Hobbs.


AA Bronson*School for Young Shamans
at John Connelly Presents, New York City, January 10 - February 16, 2008
Including a collaboration with Terence Koh, and nine young shamans. Original score by Andrew Zealley.
Read the review by Holland Cotter in the NY Times.
Read the review by Alan Gilbert in the Village Voice.
Read the review by T.J. Carlin in Time Out.
See AA Bronson on Art Talk! Part 1
See AA Bronson on Art Talk! Part 2

Ray Johnson takes AA Bronson on an art tour of the NY Piers
with the photos of Alvin Baltrop (thanks to Randall Wilcox).

THINGS THAT FALL: Shaman
Steve LaFreniere interviews AA Bronson.

Sex + Death
at Galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris, May 12 - July 23, 2007
Including a new collaboration with Terence Koh.

Sex Work: the Museum as Brothel; Art House as Porn House
at the 53nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany May 6, 2007
An evening of artists' film and video chosen by AA Bronson

Convocation Address; NSCAD University
on the occasion of receiving a Doctorate of Fine Arts, April 22, 2007.

The Male Gaze
powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, USA April 21 - May 27, 2007
A group exhibition, including works by Bruce LaBruce, Paul Sepuya, Scott Treleaven, et al.

We Can Do This Now
at the Power Plant, Toronto, December 15, 2006 - February 9, 2007
A cameo appearance, at the invitation of Derek Sullivan:
I will be offering a series of free healing sessions in New York City from January 9 to February 9, 2007,
as my participation in this exhibition.
A poster advertising my services has been posted in the Power Plant and on the streets of Toronto.

CONVERSATION: On Healing and Memory
at the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, Saturday, December 4, 2005
A two part project consisting of private healing sessions followed by a public conversation,
with Gregg Bordowitz and Elizabeth Povinelli.

The Bubble of Queer Human Breath Illuminates the World
A proposal for a memorial to the gay and transgender victims of the Nazi regime in Austria
Vienna, November, 2005.

Documenta Sex (Part A)
A wall drawing for the exhibition Beyond Redemption: Gay Erotic Art at the Belkin Satellite, Vancouver.

Homomuseum
at Exit Art, New York, May 21-July 30, 2005
in which artist Chris Clary chose AA Bronson as his "gay hero" and presented a portrait.

The Quick and the Dead
at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2004

AA BRONSON*HEALER
A project for John Connelly Presents, New York, opening May 13, 2004
(read the press release here.)

The Quick and the Dead
A project for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, 2003/2004

AA BRONSON*HEALER
A project for Galerie Frederic Giroux, Paris, 2003

Two Portraits and the Remains of a Meal
a project for Kelly Mark, May, 2003

AA BRONSON*HEALER
From December 2002 through December 2005, in my persona of AA Bronson*Healer,
I offered one-on-one healing sessions to men only.

TICK TOCK
In December 2002, I transformed Gallery M in Harlem into a storefront selling clocks depicting the flags of Subsharan Africa, each accompanied by AIDS statistics for the region. Read Holland Cotter's review in the New York Times here.

MIRROR MIRROR
A project for the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 2002

Negative Thoughts,
a project for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2001

The copyright marks the border between the public and private domains.
a project for The Balcony, Toronto, December, 2000

Looking Glass
a web project for the Vienna Secession, October, 2000