A three-part exhibition of artworks alongside archival items culled from the collections at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
October 1, 2011 – April 1, 2012
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, West Hollywood
October 1, 2011 – May 31, 2012 (Extended through June 23, 2012)
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, University Park
January 11 – May 31, 2012
USC Doheny Memorial Library Treasure Room, University Park
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 at the USC Libraries. 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.