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exhibitions

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.

  • Anthony Friedkin, Jim and Mundo, Montebello, East Los Angeles, 1972. From The Gay Essay, 1969–73. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. Gift of Anthony Friedkin. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. Courtesy of Anthony Friedkin

  • Judith F. Baca, Documentation of Vanity Table, a performance for the exhibition Las Chicanas: Venas de la Mujer at the Woman’s Building, September 1976. Woman’s Building Records. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Courtesy of Judith F. Baca

  • Installation view of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., 2017 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Photo by Zak Kelley. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

  • Jerri Allyn, Documentation of Laughing Souls/Espíritus Sonrientes, a performance at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), October 31–November 2, 1979. Courtesy of Jerri Allyn

  • Tosh Carrillo, Arthur, c. 1970s. Archival pigment print from black-and-white 35mm negative, 9 x 14 in. Charles Boultenhouse and Tyler Parker Papers. Manuscripts and Archives Division. The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden

  • Installation view of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., 2017 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Photo by Zak Kelley. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

  • Installation view of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., 2017 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Photo by Zak Kelley. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

  • Installation view of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., 2017 at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Photo by Zak Kelley. Courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, David Evans Frantz

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is a traveling exhibition that explores the intersections among a network of over fifty artists. This historical exhibition is the first of its kind to excavate histories of experimental art practice, collaboration, and exchange by a group of Los Angeles based queer Chicanx artists between the late 1960s and early 1990s. While the exhibition’s heart looks at the work of Chicanx artists in Los Angeles, it reveals extensive new research into the collaborative networks that connected these artists to one another and to artists from many different communities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and international urban centers, thus deepening and expanding narratives about the development of the Chicano Art Movement, performance art, and queer aesthetics and practices.


As referenced in its title, the exhibition also sheds light onto the work of Edmundo “Mundo” Meza (1955-1985), a central figure within his generation. Primarily a painter, but also known for his performances, design, and installation work, Meza collaborated with many of his peers towards developing new art practices amid emerging movements of political and social justice activism.


Axis Mundo presents over two decades of work — painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, music, fashion, and photography — in the context of significant artistic and cultural movements: mail art and artist correspondences; the rise of Chicanx, LGBTQ, and feminist print media; the formation of alternative spaces; fashion culture; punk music and performance; and artistic responses to the AIDS crisis. As a result of thorough curatorial research, Axis Mundo marks the first historical consideration and significant showing of many of these pioneering artists’ work.


Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is curated by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty to encourage ambitious research and exhibitions at Southern California cultural institutions. The exhibition is organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and organized as a traveling exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI). Lead support for Axis Mundo is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation. This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by The Calamus Foundation of New York, Inc., the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts—the City’s Arts Division and Arts & Cultural Affairs Commission, Kathleen Garfield, the ONE Archives Foundation, the USC Libraries, and the Luis Balmaseda Fund for Gay & Lesbian Archives, administered by the California Community Foundation. Funding for the exhibition tour has been provided by the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.

More information can be found on the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives website here.

curator

C. Ondine Chavoya

C. Ondine Chavoya is Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous texts on Chicano avant-garde art, video, and experimental cinema, and is a leading figure in the field of Latinx art history and visual culture. His curatorial projects have addressed issues of collaboration, experimentation, social justice, and archival practices in contemporary art. Chavoya has organized exhibitions and events including Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987, the first museum retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the performance and conceptual art group Asco (2011-2013) with Rita Gonzalez, and Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography (2016) and Michel Auder: Chronicles and Other Scenes (2004) with Lisa Dorin.

David Evans Frantz

David Evans Frantz is Associate Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum. From 2011 to 2018 he was the curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. His curatorial projects examine alternative art movements, queer politics and culture, historical erasure, and archival practices in contemporary art. At ONE he founded a visual arts program that presented historical exhibitions and commissioned artists to respond to ONE’s collections. In 2011 Frantz co-curated with Mia Locks the exhibition Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945–1980 as a part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945–1980. In 2014 he was the curator of the show-within-a-show Tony Greene: Amid Voluptuous Calm, part of the Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum. In 2017 he co-curated with C. Ondine Chavoya the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., a collaboration between ONE Archives and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Frantz and Chavoya were recently the recipient of an Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) for the Axis Mundo catalogue.


artists


touring schedule

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV, USA
January 11, 2019 - March 16, 2019

Vicki Myhren Gallery, University of Denver
Denver, CO, USA
September 13, 2018 - December 2, 2018

The Hunter College Art Galleries
New York, NY, USA
June 22, 2018 - August 19, 2018

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Gallery
West Hollywood, CA, USA
September 9, 2017 - December 31, 2017

MOCA Pacific Design Center
West Hollywood, CA, USA
September 9, 2017 - December 31, 2017


Booking Info

Number of Artists/Collectives: 50
Number of Artworks: Approximately 150
Space Requirements: Between 3,000 – 4,000 square feet
For additional information, as well as to check specific dates of availability, contact Becky Nahom at 212.254.8200 x 129, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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