Over the years, MTV has gotten a lot of flack for its decision making. It has capitalized on reality television, aired controversial commercials for condoms and the like and it certainly killed the radio star. However, what the network is frequently undervalued for is its role in societal problems, namely the AIDS/HIV epidemics. A lot of their programming has shed considerable light on these diseases over the past few decades. However, the things they have done behind the scenes are even more impressive. In 2004, MTV founded the Staying Alive Foundation as a grant program to aid communities with AIDS/HIV-related education programs. From Friday through September 23, to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus, the Staying Alive Foundation presents MTV RE:DEFINE, an art exhibition that showcases 30 works from some of the world's most acclaimed artists including Damien Hirst, Lee Baker and Adam Ball. On September 24, all 30 works will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting the Staying Alive Foundation. The exhibition is on display at the Goss- Michael Foundation, 1405 Turtle Creek Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information and tickets to the auction, visit mtvredefine.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 16. Continues through Sept. 23, 2011