Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., an exhibit of work by a collaborative network of over 50 Los Angeles-based queer Chicanx artists, opens January 11 at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of art. The works were produced in the 1960s to 1990s
Curated by: C. Ondine Chavoya, David Evans Frantz
Trip oOrganized by: Independent Curators International (ICI)
Exhibition Dates: Jan. 11-March 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 11, 5-9 p.m. Guided tour with the curators, 7 p.m.
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is a taking a trip exhibition that explores the intersections among a network of over 50 artists. This historic exhibition is the first of its kind to excavate histories of speculative art practice, partnership, and exchange by a group of Los Angeles-based queer Chicanx artists between the late 1960s and early 1990s. While the exhibit’s heart looks at the work of Chicanx artists in Los Angeles, it reveals comprehensive new research into the collective networks that connected these artists to one another and to artists from several neighborhoods, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and global urban centers, therefore deepening and broadening stories about the development of the Chicano Art Motion, efficiency art, and queer aesthetics and practices.
As referenced in its title, the exhibit also sheds light onto the work of Edmundo “Mundo” Meza (1955-85), a central figure within his generation. Primarily a painter, however also known for his efficiencies, style, and setup work, Meza teamed up with a lot of his peers towards developing brand-new art practices in the middle of emerging motions of political and social justice advocacy.
Axis Mundo provides over twenty years of work– painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, music, style, and photography– in the context of considerable artistic and cultural movements: mail art and artist correspondences; the rise of Chicanx, LGBTQ, and feminist print media; the development of alternative spaces; fashion culture; punk music and efficiency; and creative reactions to the AIDS crisis. As a result of extensive curatorial research study, Axis Mundo marks the first historical factor to consider and significant showing of a number of these pioneering artists’ work.
Artists included in the exhibit:
Laura Aguilar, Jerri Allyn, Carlos Almaraz, Skot Armstrong, David Arnoff, Steven Arnold, Asco, Judith F. Baca, Alice Bag, Tosh Carrillo, Monte Cazazza, Edward Colver, Vaginal Davis, QUEEN TV, Jerry Dreva, Tomata Du Plenty, Simon Doonan, Tomata du Plenty, Elsa Flores, Anthony Friedkin, Harry Gamboa Jr., Roberto Gil de Montes, Gronk, Jef Huereque, Louis Jacinto, Ray Johnson, Alison Knowles, Robert Lambert, Robert Legorreta (Cyclona), Zoe Leonard, Les Petites Bonbons, Scott Lindgren, Mundo Meza, Judy Miranda, Ray Navarro, Nervous Gender, Graciela Gutiérrez Marx and Edgardo Antionio Vigo, Richard Nieblas, Dámaso Ogaz, Pauline Oliveros, Ferrara Brain Pan, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Clemente Padín, Phranc, Ruby Ray, Albert Sanchez, Teddy Sandoval, Joey Terrill, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Patssi Valdez, Ricardo Valverde, Jack Vargas, Gerardo Velázquez, Johanna Went, Faith Wilding.
Exhibit trip has actually been arranged by Independent Curators International (ICI).
About Axis Mundo
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is curated by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty to motivate enthusiastic research study and exhibitions at Southern California cultural institutions. The exhibition is arranged by ONE National Gay & & Lesbian Archivesat the USC Libraries in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and organized as a taking a trip exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI). Lead assistance for Axis Mundois supplied through grants from the Getty Foundation.
This exhibit is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by The Calamus Foundation of New York City, Inc., the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts– the City’s Arts Department and Arts & & Cultural Affairs Commission, Kathleen Garfield, the ONE Archives Foundation, the USC Libraries, and the Luis Balmaseda Fund for Gay & & Lesbian Archives, administered by the California Neighborhood Structure. Funding for the exhibition trip has actually been offered by the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees.
The presentation at the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art has actually been arranged in partnership with support from Meow Wolf, The Intersection, UNLV Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Research studies, MGM Resorts Art & & Culture, and an anonymous gift in honor of Hilda Roop. Additional partners consist of UNLV Spectrum, Latinos Who Lunch, and The Art Individuals Podcast, UNLV Student Diversity & Social Justice , the UNLV Department of Art, UNLV Public History, the UNLV College of Fine Arts. About the Curators C. Ondine Chavoya is a teacher of art history and Latina/o studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He is the author of various texts on Chicano avant-garde art, video, and speculative cinema, and is a leading figure in the field of Latinx art history and visual culture. His curatorial jobs have attended to problems of collaboration, experimentation, social justice, and archival practices in modern art. Chavoya has arranged exhibitions and events including Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987, the very first museum retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the performance and conceptual art group Asco (2011-2013 )with Rita Gonzalez, and Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography (2016) and Michel Auder: Chronicles and Other Scenes (2004 )with Lisa Dorin. David Evans Frantz is associate curatorof 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 analyze 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 historic exhibitions and commissioned artists to react 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 very first Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945– 1980. In 2014, he was the manager of the show-within-a-show, Tony Greene: In The Middle Of Voluptuous Calm, part of the Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum. Most recently he co-curated with C. Ondine Chavoya Axis Mundo: Queer Network in Chicano L.A., a collaboration in between ONE Archives and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, for Pacific Requirement Time: LA/LA. Publication Co-published by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries and DelMonico Books/Prestel, the expansive 414-page brochure forAxis Mundo includes over 500 images, 10 essays, and over 50 individual artist biographical entries. With contributions from Leticia Alvarado, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Simon Doonan, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Colin Gunckel, Joshua Javier Guzmán, Iván A. Ramos, Richard T. Rodríguez and others.
About ICI Independent Curators International ( ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for managers and varied audiences worldwide. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a center that links emerging and established managers, artists, and art spaces, forging global networks and creating brand-new types of collaborations. ICI provides access to the people and practices that are key to present developments in the field, motivating fresh methods of seeing and contextualizing modern art. http://curatorsintl.org/exhibitions/axis-mundo-queer-networks-in-chicano-la About UNLV The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is the largest university in Nevada and among the most diverse universities in the nation. Founded in 1957, the institution promotes wellness and accomplishment through strenuous curricula focused on research study, scholarship, and innovative activity.
About the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Found on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art promotes an effective awareness of the arts through programs of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and neighborhood activities. Programming at the Barrick is driven by a dedication to diversity and addition.
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