Sur Rodney (Sur) enigmatically recognized as an artistic collaborator, community activist, writer and archivist, was formerly co-director of Gracie Mansion Gallery (1982-88). He left his co-directorship to pursue ever pressing concerns with archiving and records management of artists affected by the AIDS pandemic. He served on the board of Visual AIDS for over a decade to help build the organizations Archive Project. His 3 part essay Activism, AIDS, Art, and the Institution was published in the AIDS Art America exhibition catalog (2015). He is often invited to present on the East Village art scene during the 1980s and is a participant with Other Countries, a Black gay writers workshop, and the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do?