In 1985, David shows work—like his Metamorphosis series of plaster heads—in thirty-three exhibits worldwide.
The Whitney Biennial displays two of his paintings: Science Lesson and Attack of the Alien Minds. David is featured in a Life magazine article on East Village art.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) licenses the first commercial blood test to detect HIV. David loses his first friend to AIDS-related illness, the poet Nicolas Moufarrege.
Explore the images below to learn more about David’s life in 1985.