The Ridley Gallery at Sierra College currently has three sections of the AIDS Quilt on display, including the section for Freddie Mercury. The monolithic display is powerful, and hits you in the gut as your consider the amount of lives lost to AIDS. Shows like this are important, not only the the message and call to action behind them but to serve as a reminder that not all art is aesthetically driven. Art is, more often than not, politically driven and rooted in love and/or grief. I have had people suggest that art should be aesthetics first and then the message, if any, and I can't help but disagree. Nor do I think we can separate the art from the political, as some folks suggest we do when we can out that a favorite writer or what have you is actually a terrible bigot, or whatever the case. Art is political. Whatever they create is done through the lens of their beliefs, and it cannot be removed.