Light Your Name (2021) for Public Journal Issue 65: Devotion


  1. Framed promotional poster for the inaugural display of The Names Project, A National AIDS Memorial, more commonly known as the AIDS Quilt, illustrated by cartoonist Gerard P. Donelan, Kensington, Brooklyn. The event was held on Sunday, October 11, 1987, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It consisted of 1,920 panels and spanned a space larger than a football field. 48 volunteers unfurled the Quilt as mourners read aloud the 1,920 names of the people represented in the Quilt. The reading of names is now a tradition of the Quilt's display. The Quilt weighs 54 tons and is recognized as the largest piece of community folk art in the world. 2021

  2. Gil posing next to his framed The Saint promotional posters, hung in the entryway of his apartment, Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The lower poster was made for what came to be called The First Party at The Saint in 1980, and features the club's synonymous Saint Sebastian illustration, the pose of which Gil mimics. The upper poster is forThe Last Party in 1988, which boasted eleven DJ sets and seven live acts. The event lasted for over 40 hours from start to finish. 2021

  3. Gil presenting a “piece of the dome” retrieved by his friend at the demolition of The Saint in 1996, Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The building that housed The Saint, located at 105 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, was built in 1926 as Commodore Theatre, later Village Theatre, and from 1968-1971, the legendary Fillmore East. In 1980, entrepreneur Bruce Mailman and architect Charles Terell created The Saint to be housed at this location. Their architectural undertaking boasted a huge planetarium-style steel dome above the dance floor, which could accommodate 1000 partygoers. Upon the structure's demolition, the building's facade and foyer were left intact, but the auditorium and dome were replaced by a residential building. Pieces of the razed architectural marvel were retrieved similarly to those of the Berlin Wall upon its destruction in 1989. 2021

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  6. A user exploring The Saint on an iPad using a VRto.me simulation created by architect Xuri Zhou. The virtual reality simulation was made using the original architectural plans developed by Charles Turrell and the few existing photographs of the interior of the Saint. A user can explore simulations of the lounge, dance floor, and balcony using this software. 2021

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  9. David with Record, Prospect Park, Brooklyn (for Warren Gluck: 1954-2020) 2020

  10. Gil taking a photo on his iPhone in the garden at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, Greenwich Village, Manhattan. During the height of the AIDS crisis in the mid-1980s, St. Luke was one of few institutions in New York City to host funerals for AIDS victims. Additionally, the sanctuary of St. Luke was the setting of a memorial service in the 1989 film Longtime Companion, which chronicles a decade of a friend group's experience of, and loss due to, the emergence of AIDS in their community.

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  13. Gil seated on his bed, Greenwich Village, Manhattan 2021

  14. 105 2nd Ave, built in 1926, former site of The Saint, The Fillmore East, and Loew's Commodore Theater. From The Saint's closing in 1988, the building sat unused until it was sold in 1994 and demolished, save the frontage (pictured), to make way for a condominium complex at 225 East 6th Street. 105 2nd Ave has since housed several banks, currently an Apple Savings Bank. 2021

  15. Gil unfurling a The Saint at Large poster commemorating The Saint's 20th anniversary, AIDS Memorial Park, Greenwich Village, Manhattan. After The Saint closed its doors in 1988, it was proceeded by a series of satellite parties and events under the moniker The Saint at Large. Events have tentatively ceased as of 2020 due to the COVID-19 global health crisis. As stated on The Saint at Large's website, RITES XLI: THE BLACK PARTY® PUNK RIOT “DANCING TO FREEDOM” was to commemorate The Saint's 40th anniversary. 2021

  16. Tim's Tattoo, Little Island, Manhattan 2021

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