Foucault on Acid

March 13, 2021
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

In 1975, Michel Foucault went on an acid trip at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, California. Accompanied by gay historian Simeon Wade, Foucault's trip and the effects it may have had on his thinking about the history of sexuality is something of intellectual folklore. A recent unearthing of photographs and correspondence between Foucault and Wade, discovered in a storage unit in Oxnard, California and acquired by the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, is evidence of something, but the question is, of what? Foucault on Acid takes the mythology surrounding Foucault's California trip as a prompt to consider how sex and race inform the intersection of archival and desert imaginaries. Unconcerned with truth or falsity, it is an occasion to meditate on the desires we attach to history and place.

The ONE Archives is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by queer Native artist Grace Rosario Perkins, staged with archival materials of Foucault in Death Valley.

This exhibition is curated by Jeanne Vaccaro.

Image: (top) Grace Rosario Perkins, Then I Might Just Do Something, Then I Might Just Fall