Poster, Silence = Death


Activists directed much of their rage at the Reagan administration; the president remained largely silent about the epidemic until 1987 when he declared AIDS “public health enemy number one.” The SILENCE=DEATH emblem, adopted that same year by the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), was a call to change tactics, since neither silence nor community self-reliance had stopped the deaths. The pink triangle was a symbol of the gay rights movement.

Date Made: 1987

Location: Currently not on view

General Subject Association: HIV-AIDSLGBTQ RightsSubject: LGBTQGay Rights


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Avram Finkelstein

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1988.0537.04Catalog Number: 1988.0537.04Accession Number: 1988.0537

Object Name: Poster

Physical Description: paper (overall material)black; white; red (overall color)Measurements: overall: 33 1/2 in x 22 in; 85.09 cm x 55.88 cm


Record Id: nmah_1051178

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