Actor Richard Gere presents altarpiece highlighting South African response to AIDS

UCLA AIDS Institute, Art | Global Health Center at UCLA, and actor Richard Gere present altarpiece highlighting Rural South African response to AIDS

WHAT: The Keiskamma Altarpiece, created by 130 women of South Africa's Eastern Cape Province to celebrate the lives of all those who have died of AIDS in their community, begins a North American tour--sponsored by UCLA--at the Cathedral Church of St. James in Toronto, Canada, as the city prepares for the International AIDS Conference.

WHO:

  • Richard Gere, actor
  • Dr. Carol Hofmeyr, director of the Keiskamma Trust and the region's only HIV/AIDS care provider
  • Eunice Nombulelo Mangwane, the community AIDS counselor

WHEN: 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12

WHERE: The Cathedral Church of St. James, 65 Church St., Toronto, Canada.

BACKGROUND: Based on a famed 15th century altarpiece created by Matthias Grunewald, the colossal multi-panel Keiskamma Altarpiece uses embroidery, beadwork, wire sculpture and photographs to offer a message of hope to the people of the rural and impoverished Eastern Cape Province, one of the areas of the world hardest hit by AIDS.

This is the first leg in a journey that will take the altarpiece to St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago, where it goes on display Aug. 20 to Sept. 20; to churches in Los Angeles and Pasadena, Calif., from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15; and to UCLA's Gloria Kaufman Hall from Jan. 2 through March 15, 2007.

Established in 1992, the UCLA AIDS Institute is a multidisciplinary think-tank drawing on the skills of top-flight researchers in the worldwide fight against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), the first cases of which were reported in 1981 by UCLA physicians.

The Art | Global Health Center at UCLA serves as the umbrella for the international MAKE ART/STOP AIDS project, a network of artists working with experts in public health and medicine to intervene in the AIDS epidemic.

MEDIA CONTACT: Enrique Rivero, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations erivero@mednet.ucla.edu, (310) 794-2273.

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