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David Evans Frantz
David Evans Frantz is a curator based in Los Angeles. He is currently a Collections Research Specialist at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts. From 2018 to 2019 he was Associate Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and from 2011 to 2018 he was 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. 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. The catalogue for Axis Mundo has been the recipient of nine awards, including an Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).
Between the late 1960s and 1990s, a group of queer Chicanx artists based in Los Angeles privileged collaboration and experimentation as they contributed to significant artistic and cultural movements. Join Axis Mundo co-curators C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz as they discuss the exhibition and tour that contextualizes these artists’ diverse practices within intersecting fields of queer and Latinx art history.read more »