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Watch Now! Axis Mundo: At Work

Participants in the Christopher Street West Pride parade wearing Joey Terrill’s malflora and maricón T-shirts, June 1976. Photo by Teddy Sandoval. Courtesy of Paul Polubinskas

Participants in the Christopher Street West Pride parade wearing Joey Terrill’s malflora and maricón T-shirts, June 1976. Photo by Teddy Sandoval. Courtesy of Paul Polubinskas

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. These include mail art, feminist print media, the formation of alternative spaces, punk music and performance, and artistic response to the AIDS crisis. Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. contextualizes their diverse practices within intersecting fields of queer and Latinx art history.

From 2017 to 2022, Axis Mundo traveled with ICI to seven cities across the United States. The exhibition’s tour marks the first significant showing of many of these pioneering artists’ work and contributes to the expansion of research and understanding of identity while navigating an inequitable cultural landscape. The co-curators of the exhibtion, C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz, discuss these aspects of the project in a conversation moderated by ICI’s Becky Nahom.


This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Presenters
C. Ondine Chavoya

C. Ondine Chavoya is Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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.