ART AGAINST AIDS is one of Friedman’s later works, made in 1987. This work was made for a coalition of artists and galleries to have an exhibition to raids money to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. From what I can gather about Friedman and his personality, he most likely did this poster for free to help the cause.[1]

There seems to be a certain brand that Friedman was trying to adhere to as well, as there are other posters and calendars using the same type and slash though the word “against”. Sadly, I can’t seem to find much information on this particular piece, despite – or maybe because of – it’s proximity to Keith Haring and his Silence is Death campaign.

This project would have been immensely important for Friedman; both he and his close friend and fellow activist Keith Haring had AIDS[2] and this project would have been in line with Friedman’s history of helping his friends and being an activist.[1]

Friedman seemed to care about or be particularly proud of this piece, as a copy of it stayed with him or his family till his death in 1995[2], after which it was donated to the Cooper Hewitt collection by his brother Ken Friedman in 1997.


  1. Friedman, Dan. “Cooper Hewitt.” Cooper Hewitt, Cooper Hewitt,


  1. Dan Friedman.” AIGA. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  2. Dan Friedman, Graphic Designer, 49.” Obituaries. The New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. Poster, Art Against Aids.Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum,