Facing the Virus

Facing the Virus
Selections from the Gold Series

March 5 – April 30, 2018

The Great Room Gallery
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven

Perhaps more than almost anything else, HIV and AIDS have and continue to leave a unique impact on diverse lives and communities across the queer experience. But emotionally connecting with the ways in which this virus shifts realities across demographics and individuals is key to understanding impacts that aren’t statistics, numbers, of facts on grant applications and medical bulletins. We, living with the virus, are diverse, storied souls with unique challenges and insightful perspectives.

This selection of pieces from The Gold Series: A 50 Painting Exploration of HIV focuses on artist Jonathan Joseph Ganjian’s “Spirit Motifs”.  Through abstract portraiture these meditations on issues such as medication induced jaundice, HIV and the trans experience, mother to-child transmission, hook-up app culture, HIV-induced depression and others drive home the human element central to understanding the world through the lens of those with HIV and AIDS.

The Gold Series: 50 Painting Exploration of HIV is a multi-year long term project of Connecticut and New York based artist Jonathan Joseph Ganjian. It aims to raise awareness and funds for HIV related programming at partner community non-profits.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these works will be donated to The New Haven Pride Center.

Exhibit events:

Opening ReceptionMonday, March 5

Paint & PiWednesday, March 14 – in partnership with mPowerment New Haven

Salon Evening with Ain Gordon | Thursday, April 12 – in partnership with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Youth Night | Tuesday, April 24 (for LGBTQ+ youth 13-18)

Closing Reception and Art as Activism Conversation | Monday, April 30 – in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven


About the Artist

Jonathan-Joseph Ganjian is a Connecticut based fine artist and consultant. Through J. Joseph Studio he sells original modern oil and mixed media pieces with a commitment to narratives of transformation, change, and marginalized narratives. His current project, The Gold Series: 50 Painting exploration of HIV, is slated to wrap in 2018 with a pending project through Nordstrom, who will be commissioning the final pieces for their new Men’s Store in Manhattan. More about his art can be found at www.JJosephStudio.com. Through his firm Jonathan Joseph Consulting Jonathan pursues a diverse array of projects ranging from luxury womenswear strategic planning to advising international portfolios of client companies across half a dozen sectors. Recently he became CEO of newly formed Creekmouth Commodities, a specialty joint venture focused on global import/export sales and procurement. More information at www.JonathanJosephConsulting.com.