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 the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood, and MOCA Pacific Design Center

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 ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as a part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. The exhibition is co-curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, and David Evans Frantz, Curator at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
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Image: Anthony Friedkin, Jim and Mundo, Montebello, East Los Angeles, 1972. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches. Morris Kight Collection. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. Courtesy of the artist