DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Mathilde Krim:
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January 22, 2018 – TBA
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of AIDS research pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim with a photograph by Annie Leibovitz. In Leibovitz’s bust-length photo taken in 1998, Krim wears a looped AIDS-awareness pin on her jacket’s lapel.
Krim, a scientist specializing in cancer research, recognized the potential severity of the AIDS epidemic in America when it appeared in 1981. With a small group of concerned physicians and researchers, she launched early efforts to educate the public about the disease and began the medical research necessary to understand and treat AIDS. While serving as a leading member of the research team at New York’s Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Krim created the AIDS Medical Foundation in 1983. It merged with a California-based AIDS research and education initiative in 1990 to become amfAR, which remains at the forefront in the fight against AIDS. Krim was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 for her invaluable contribution to the country in science and her tireless work in AIDS research and awareness. Krim was born in Italy and received her doctorate from the University of Geneva in 1952.
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KRIM_180122_01.JPG: In Memoriam
KRIM_180122_10.JPG: Mathilde Krim, 1926-2018
Born Como, Italy
When cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) initially surfaced in 1981, Mathilde Krim was among the first to grasp the gravity and magnitude of the disease. A highly regarded research scientist based at New York City’s Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Krim mobiČlized rapidly to educate the public about AIDS and to undertake the medical research needed to treat the disease. She established the first privately funded AIDS research initiative, AIDS Medical Foundation, in 1983. Two years later, it merged with a similarly focused research and education organization in California to create the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which remains at the foreČfront in the fight against AIDS. Cited for “developing and funding community-based AIDS research and raising public awareness about the disease” as well as providing “comfort and hope to preserve the dignity of thousands of people living with AIDS,” Krim was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.
Annie Leibovitz, 1998 (printed 2014)
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
Civil War Trust conferences in Greenville, NC, Newport News, VA, and my farewell event with them in Chicago, IL (via sites in Louisville, KY, St. Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH),
three trips to New York City (including New York Comic-Con), and
my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles).
Number of photos taken this year: about 535,000.