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"We are honored by the vote of confidence and the support of the
Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation," said Dr. Krim, "AmFAR will put
its funds to work around the country and indeed around the world
to speed the progress of AIDS research. Robert Mapplethorpe
lives through his art and now also through his legacy to those
who will put an end to the scourge of AIDS. Because AIDS will be
over, one day. We will then owe Robert Mapplethorpe a tremendous
debt of gratitude."
The celebrated artist, who died of AIDS-related conditions in 1989,
left much of his estate to a philanthropic organization that he
created during his lifetime. The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation is
dedicated to establishing, improving or expanding museums that
exhibit photographic art, as well as funding efforts to end the
AIDS epidemic. Now, his estate will provide significant support to
AmFAR, and its many projects dedicated to AIDS research, education
and public policy.
Mapplethorpe named his good friends Stout, Lynn Davis, Dimitri
Levas and Burton Lipsky as co-directors of the Robert Mapplethorpe
Foundation in May, 1988. To date, the foundation has awarded:
$375,000 to AmFAR; $1 million to New York's Beth Israel Medical
Center for a 28-bed AIDS residence; $300,000 to New England
Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School for a Bio-Hazard Level 3
Research Laboratory; $25,000 to the AIDS Action Council; and it has
donated various works of art for benefit events for Art Against
AIDS, Act-UP/New York and Photographers and Friends United Against
AmFAR is the nation's leading private organization dedicated to
AIDS research, education and public policy. Since 1985, AmFAR has
provided $30 million to more than 470 AIDS research, education and
public policy projects. AmFAR is committed to mobilizing the good
will, energy and generosity of caring Americans to end the AIDS
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American Founadtion for AIDS Research. [News Release: Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Pledges Major Support to AmFAR], text, October 1, 1990; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc916555/m1/3/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.