Help us reopen our permanent museum building, Lawrence Hall, with a celebration of “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.,” one of several bold and ambitious exhibitions coming to WCMA this fall.
“Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.” explores the intersections among a network of more than 50 artists. This 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. It presents painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, music, fashion, and photography in the context of significant artistic and cultural movements, including mail art; 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.
“Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.” is organized by C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, and David Evans Frantz, Associate Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum, 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 iCI (Independent Curators International). Lead support for Axis Mundo is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.