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Ben Thornberry, Collection
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”

If you’re interested in acquiring one of Ben Thornberry’s photographs, please email: tag@treatmentactiongroup.org

TAG Limited Art Editions started in 1999 with a gift from photographer Ben Thornberry. A Testament to Action: ACT UP contains thirty silver gelatin seleniumtoned prints. Thornberry’s images span part of the darkest period of the AIDS epidemic from 1988-1992 and attest to ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) members’ indomitable fighting response. His photographs bear witness to: blocking the entrance to the FDA, a kiss-in in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC during the 20th Anniversary of Stonewall March, activist Bob Rafsky (1946-1993) chained to the White House fence, women activists staging a die-in at the Republican national convention, the burning of the banner at the end of the memorial march for David Wojnarowicz in the East Village in NYC, AIDS activists marching in DC during the Ashes Action to deposit their loved ones’ ashes on Bush’s White House lawn, and many more actions. On the back of each print, hand inscribed in pencil, are Thornberry’s notes.

Joy Episalla, From the catalog of the art exhibition “TAG Limited Art Editions 1999 – 2017,”  which took place at the Westbeth Gallery, March 21 — Saturday March 24, 2018

 

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Occupation of NYC Health Commissioner S. Joseph’s Office, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: occupation of NYC Health Commissioner S. Joseph's Office, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
NYC Mayor Ed Koch, 1988
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: NYC Mayor Ed Koch, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
ACT UP activists stage a kiss in, Republican National Convention, New Orleans, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: activists stage kiss in, New Orleans, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Activists practice evacuation technique, Republican National Convention, New Orleans, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: RNC, Activists practice evacuation technique, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Day of Desperation, ACT UP members march to deliver dirty needles to NYC Health Commissioner, 1991
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: ACT UP dirty needs, Day of Desperation, NYC, 1991

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Police arrest activists at FDA, Bethesda, MD, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: police arrest activists at FDA, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Ashes Action, Mother with her son’s ashes, Washington, DC, 1992
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: AIDS quilt mom with her son's ashes, Ashes Action, Washington DC, 1992

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Police hit ACT UP at FDA, Bethesda, MD, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Police hit ACT UP at FDA, Bethesda, MD, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Police push anti-gay-violence marchers, NYC, 1989
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Police push anti-gay-violence marchers, NYC, 1989

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Car attack, 20th anniversary of Stonewall, NYC, 1989
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Car attack, 20th anniversary of Stonewall, NYC, 1989

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Released from jail after NIH sit-in, Bethesda, MD, 1990
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Released from jail after NIH sit-in, Bethesda, MD, 1990

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
ACT UP demo, NY Stock Exchange, 1989
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: ACT UP demo, NY Stock Exchange, 1989

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
March to a Bush fundraiser at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC 1990
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

March to a Bush fundraiser at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC 1990

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
ACT UP members on the way to a demonstration at Phyllis Schlafly’s birthday, Republican National Convention, New Orleans, LA, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: en route to demo at Phyllis Schlafly's birthday, New Orleans, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Activist stage “die-in” moments before police charge, Republican National Convention, Houston, TX, 1992
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry photo: Activist stage “die-in” moments before police charge at Republican National Convention, Houston, TX, 1992

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
ACT UP  members, Republican National Convention, Houston, TX, 1992
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: ACT UP/NY at Republican Convention, 1992

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Injured activist, Republican National Convention, Houston, TX, 1992
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Injured activist, Republican National Convention, Houston, TX, 1992

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Activists demonstrate at the Republican National Convention, Houston, TX, 1992
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Activists demonstrate at the Republican National Convention, Houston, TX, 1992

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Activists march to Bush’s White House during ‘Ashes Action,’ DC, 1992
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Activists march to Bush’s White House during ‘Ashes Action,’ DC, 1992

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
David Wojnarowicz’s memorial march, East Village, NYC, 1992
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
courtesy of the artist
NOT FOR SALE

Ben Thornberry's photo: David Wojnarowicz’s memorial march, East Village, NYC, 1992

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Blocking the Brooklyn Bridge – Koch protest, NYC, 1989
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed and 1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Blocking the Brooklyn Bridge – Koch protest, NYC, 1989

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
ACT UP blocks FDA; gloved police, Bethesda, MD, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
16 x 20 inches
1 framed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1200

Ben Thornberry's photo: ACT UP blocks FDA; gloved police, Bethesda, MD, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
20th Anniversary of Stonewall March, NYC, 1989
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: 20th Anniversary of Stonewall March, NYC, 1989

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Ashes Action, activist with his partner’s ashes, Washington DC 1992
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: activist with his partner's ashes, Ashes Action, Washington DC, 1992

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Artist/Activist David Wojnarowicz at the FDA entrance, with the words “If I die of AIDS – forget burial – drop my body on the steps of the FDA, Bethesda, MD, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Artist/Activist David Wojnarowicz at the FDA entrance, With the words “If I die of AIDS – forget burial – drop my body on the steps of the FDA” Bethesda, MD, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Delegate yells anti-gay epithet, Republican National Convention, New Orleans, LA, 1988
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: RNC delegate, New Orleans, 1988

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
Two marchers participate in a “kiss-in” in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the 20th Anniversary of the Stonewall March, NYC, 1989
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 framed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: Two marchers participate in a “kiss-in” in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the 20th Anniversary of the Stonewall March, NYC, 1989

Ben Thornberry
“A Testament to Action: ACT UP, 1999”
ACT UP sign at the White House during 30 Days of Direct Action, Washington, DC, 1991
fiber print, selenium-toned + double-fixed to museum archive board
11 x 14 inches
1 unframed edition available
courtesy of the artist
$1000

Ben Thornberry's photo: ACT Up White House, Washington DC, 1991
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