In collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art and part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this exhibition marks the first historical presentation of groundbreaking art, music, and performance from a network of queer Chicano artists in Southern California.
September 9 – December 31, 2017
Presented simultaneously at two locations in West Hollywood:
MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Information and hours for visiting MOCA PDC here.
ONE Gallery, West Hollywood
9007 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Information and hours for visiting the ONE Gallery here.
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. maps the intersections and collaborations among a network of queer Chicano artists and their artistic collaborators from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. This period was bookended by the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, and feminist movements on one end, and the AIDS crisis on the other. For many artists in the exhibition, Axis Mundo marks the first historical examination of their work to date. Over two decades of artwork encompassing painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, fashion, and photography will be presented. The exhibition broadly considers the work of the artists in the context of significant artistic and cultural movements: mail art and artist correspondences; the rise of Chicano, gay, and feminist print media; the formation of alternative spaces; fashion culture; punk music and performance; and artist responses to the AIDS crisis.
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is organized by David Evans Frantz, Curator at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latino/a Studies at Williams College, in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a farreaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. has been organized as a traveling exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI). Find more information on the tour here.
A Conversation with Alice Bag: Friday, October 6, 2017, 7pm at MOCA Grand Avenue
Origin Stories: A Workshop by Nicole Rademacher and Jerri Allyn: Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1-3pm at the West Hollywood Library Community Room
Constellations and Connections: A Panel Discussion on Axis Mundo: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3pm at the West Hollywood Council Chambers
Beethoven Was a Lesbian: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 4-7pm at ONE Archives
Simon Doonan on Mundo Meza: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3pm at the West Hollywood Council Chambers
Joey Terrill Walkthrough of Axis Mundo: Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3pm at MOCA Pacific Design Center
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. has been made possible through major grants from the Getty Foundation.
This exhibition 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, Inc., the City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts—the City’s Arts Division 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 Community Foundation.
Lead support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen.
Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Allison and Larry Berg, Delta Air Lines, and Jerri and Dr. Steven Nagelberg.
In-kind media support is provided by