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In the midst of an epidemic

In the midst of an epidemic

An artist chronicles the time when AIDS was a death sentence

“People who didn’t live through this can’t appreciate how hopeless it was,” said Susan Wheeler, curator of prints and drawings at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, referring to the early stages of the HIV/AIDS crisis. “AIDS was a death sentence. Everybody knew people who had died or were dying.”People suffering and dying from HIV/AIDS is the subject of “ ‘The AIDS Suite,’ HIV-Positive Women in Prison and Other Works,” an exhibit of drawings that ran at the library from September through January 10. The drawings are the work of Sue Coe, an activist/artist who is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Coe spent time with patients at the...

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