Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980: Rare Looks

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Unknown (Soldiers on Beach), 1951 Oil On Canvas Board 17 3/4 X 14 Inches © ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980: Rare Looks
Curated by: David Frantz, Mia Locks

909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
October 1st, 2011 - May 31st, 2012
Opening: October 22nd, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

downtown/east la
Tue, Fri 10-6; Wed-Thu 1-9; Sat 10-5
feminist, queer, lgbtq, feminism photography performance, figurative
Admission is free - suggested donation of $5


Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 is a three-part exhibition that explores the relationship between artistic practices and LGBTQ histories through artworks, objects, and archival documents culled from the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. By presenting works of art alongside archival materials from the social and historical context of their production, the exhibition explores the divergent, ambiguous, and sometimes humorous ways in which queer artists and activists in Los Angeles have contributed to the aesthetic and political field of cultural production. Cruising the Archive presents artworks by both established and unknown artists and is the most comprehensive showing of ONE Archives’ art collection to date.

Cruising the Archive: Rare Looks presents artworks alongside archival materials, emulating the archive as a site for engaging with historical materials. Artists in Rare Looks include Veray Bizelle, Sidney Bronstein, Rudi Gernreich, Sister Corita Kent, Robert Legorreta (Cyclona), Mundo Meza, Kate Millett, John Quitman, Lisa Moschini, and Alva Rogers, Patssi Valdez, and others.

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Cruising the Archive is part of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.

Cruising the Archive is organized by David Frantz and Mia Locks. Major support for the exhibition is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Kathleen Garfield and the Aldridge Families. Additional support is provided by the University of Southern California Libraries, and Jehan Agrama and Dwora Fried. Select public programming is made possible by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative.