Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Arts & Exhibits

Medicine Wheel commemorates those lost to AIDS through art and public reflection

AIDS ribbon
World AIDS Day is December 1

Part art-installation, part public ritual, artist Michael Dowling's evocative Medicine Wheel has marked every World AIDS Day since 1991. This year's project, Luminaria, is a 22-foot lantern made out of portraits representing those affected by the disease. Two thousand paper birds hang from the ceiling, appearing to take flight into the Luminaria.

The exhibit will be open for all 24 hours of World AIDS Day. Attendees are invited to leave offerings such as letters or photos of those lost to AIDS, while dozens of professional artists present song, dance and other art forms as offerings within the wheel.

When and where: November 23-30, 9am-5pm. December 1, open for 24 hours, midnight-midnight. Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont Street, Boston. World AIDS Day vigil begins with a procession at 11:30 from Eliot Norton Park to the BCA. Free.

Learn more about other events commemorating World AIDS Day.



Today's top buzz...

  • Jack White
    Reddit users have fun photoshopping an angry Jack White at a Cubs game
    Music Buzz
  • Kliff Kingsbury
    Kliff Kingsbury reads a series of flattering tweets praising his good looks
    Today's Buzz
  • Jamaal Charles
    Kansas City Chiefs make Jamaal Charles the second highest paid running back in NFL
    NFL Buzz
  • Slash
    Slash and The Conspirators crush it at Hard Rock, AP Awards
    20 Photos
  • Monks of Mellonwah
    Exclusive interview: Monks of Mellonwah talk music, touring and more
    9 Photos
  • Nikki Bella
    How will fans react if the WWE decides to turn Nikki Bella into a heel?
    5 Photos