Years Yet Yesterday

Years Yet Yesterday is a drawing series and artist book in which language from Larry Kramer’s call-to-action speech, The Tragedy of Today’s Gays, becomes translated into direct-messaging, black and white eye charts to explore the past decade of grayscale queer representation and power (mis)alignments amidst the on-going AIDS pandemic. Each drawing is dedicated to a letter in the alphabet, and constructed using three words—rewritten hundreds of times to push agendas of immediacy and urgency—that appear in Kramer’s original speech (this abecedary is incomplete at 24 drawings because his speech did not include any words beginning with X or Z). The three words within each panel can be rephrased in any order to invite viewers to question past histories and the future of activism.

9.5 x 9.5 x .25 inches, perfect-bound with gatefold flaps on soft cover, offset + digital printing, 60 pages, printed on Stonehenge 90# paper, featuring 24 drawings within the complete abecedary + artist interview with arts organization VisualAIDS. Signed edition of 365 copies.

Printed Matter, New York City  / Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam  /  Chicago Design Museum  /  Poem88, Atlanta  /  St. Mark’s Bookshop, New York City (now closed)  /  Women and Children First, Chicago

Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies Library & Archives 
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