Avram Finkelstein is an artist, activist and writer living in Brooklyn. He is a founding member of the Silence=Death and Gran Fury collectives and is featured in the artist oral history project at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. He has written a book, After Silence: A History of AIDS Through its Images, and his work is featured in a number of permanent collections at museums and galleries, including MoMA and the Whitney. His practice also includes an experiment in political art-making, the "Flash Collective," an exercise centered on the creation of a one day collective. Finkelstein has conducted dozens of Flash Collectives at universities and institutions including Yale and NYU, which are the subject of a documentary, After Silence, by Vincent Gagliostro. Finkelstein has been interviewed about art in the public sphere by international publications and for multiple film and oral history projects. He has created public awareness campaigns for several projects including AmFAR, The AIDS Policy Project and The Campaign to End AIDS.
I've been invited to speak about public art, political engagement, public spaces, communications and marketing, political activism, AIDS activism, LGBTQ politics, LGBTQ cultural production, the American Left, and art and intellectual property
I have extensive experience giving talks and lectures at Universities, museums and more. See below my talk for Artists Speak Out at The Whitney Museum (2017).