Press Release: Stephen Barker The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994


For Immediate Release: July 26, 2017
STEPHEN BARKER                                                  
The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994
Exhibition dates: September 14 - October 28, 2017
Daniel Cooney Fine Art is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of photographs by renowned photographer Stephen Barker. With "The ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars, 1991-1994" we will be showing approximately 15 never before seen black and white photographic portraits of AIDS activists - in the studio and at home - taken by Barker during his time working within the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP).
Also debuting is the hand made artist's book "Funeral March" wherein Mark Fisher's body is carried in an open coffin from Judson Memorial Church, up Sixth Avenue, to the steps of the Republican National Committee on the eve of the presidential election, 1992.
Barker became involved with ACT UP in the late 80's, working primarily with the needle exchange program. The photographs were never intended as an encyclopedic project, but rather the portraits evolved organically out of Barker's working relationships, friendships, and intimacies.
The exhibition is especially timely during this 30th anniversary year of ACT UP when once again all under-served communities, including those living with HIV/AIDS, are threatened by our own government. It is a call to arms for activism and a reminder of the distance we have travelled and battles we have won.
Stephen Barker has been exhibiting his work internationally for over 25 years. The monograph "Nightswimming" was published by Twin Palms in 1999 and his work is included in the permanent collections of The New York Public Library, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, among others.
The opening reception will be September 14 from 6 - 8pm. Please contact the gallery with any questions at 212 255 8158 or

Rod Sorge (1969-1999) ACT UP Needle Exchange, 1991

Mark Harrington and Gregg Gonsalves 
 (ACTG Conference, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC), 1992

508 - 526 West 26th Street, Suite 9C
New York, NY 10001
212 255 8158

Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 6

Daniel Cooney Fine Art, 508 - 526 West 26th Street, #9C Ninth Floor, New York, NY 10001
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