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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.