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, such as mail art, feminist print media, the formation of alternative spaces, punk music and performance, as well as artistic responses to the AIDS crisis. Their diverse artistic practices are contextualized within intersecting fields of queer and Latinx art history in the ICI exhibtion Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.
In this conversation between Axis Mundo's co-curators C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz, moderated by ICI’s Becky Nahom, the curatorial team discusses their methodology, what it took to realize this first-of-it-kind historical exhibition, the importance of contextualizing the artists' legacies, and how the exhibition tour engaged with and influenced various communities wherever it traveled.
Note on the video: The original footage from the event begins at 19:47. The introduction was re-recorded. A video with closed-captioning will be available on our website soon.