Action = life: art, medicine and HIV/AIDS in the USA by British Museum

Physician and artist Dr Eric Avery, whose work is included in the exhibition The American Dream: pop to the present, argues that desperate diagnoses call for desperate beauty.

In conversation with Professor John Howard, King’s College London, Avery will discuss growing up gay in small-town Texas, treating early HIV/AIDS patients outside metropolitan centres, providing end-of-life psychiatric care, and making emotive politicised art as a desperate measure in Reagan’s America.