Installation view of AIDS Timeline, University of California Berkeley Art Museum, 1989
Group Material, AIDS Timeline, 1989
by Claire Grace
from THE ARTIST AS CURATOR #4 – in Mousse #45
Group Material’s 1984 exhibition Timeline: A Chronicle of U.S. Intervention in Central and Latin America, AIDS Timeline was defined not only by its transient specificity in time, but also by its critical representation of time. a lateral dateline transected the walls, injecting a temporal axis through the exhibition’s spatial one. Intricately detailed and researched (much more so than the 1984 project), AIDS Timeline diagrammed a decade of chronological relationships, patterns, and ruptures, conveyed both in a long-form wall text written by the artists and in the exhibition’s assortment of material fragments apportioned above and below the dateline’s calendric tally.