Silence = Death Project, AIDSGATE, 1987, offset lithograph, 34 x 22". This poster was designed by the Silence = Death collective for an early protest in 1987 by the AIDS activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power). Silence = Death was a project started in 1986 by six New Yorkers, Avram Finkelstein, Brian Howard, Oliver Johnston, Charles Kreloff, Chris Lione and Jorge Socarrás, as a support system during the height of the AIDS crisis. Text below the poster reads “54% of people with AIDS in NYC are Black or Hispanic… AIDS is the No. 1 killer of women between the ages of 24 and 29 in NYC… By 1991, more people will have died of AIDS than in the entire Vietnam War. What is Reagan’s real policy on AIDS? Genocide of all Non-Whites, Non-males and Non-heterosexuals?… Silence = Death.” Poster has two small rips repaired with Lineco transparent mending tissue.