Join us for a discussion about Axis Mundo with co-curators C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz, moderated by ICI’s Becky Nahom.
Bienestar Proyecto Latino Contra El S.I.D.A.
Bienestar was a Spanish-written newsletter educating readers on the state of HIV/AIDS in Latinx communities-- emphasizing that heterosexuals were also impacted. In addition to providing comprehensible medical information, Bienestar included hope testimonials from infected community members alongside daily support activities/services for anyone interested. Listed is the newsletter's original address from 1995, although it changed throughout the newsletter's course.
Chicos Modernos was a Spanish-written comic series emphasizing the importance of practicing safe sex. Illustrated by Joey Terrill, author of queer Chicano publication Homeboy Beautiful, the comic was published between 1989 and 1992 by The CORE Program funded by the L.A. County Dept. of Health Services. The comic promoted and spread knowledge about safe sex during the A.I.D.S. pandemic, such as who was at risk of infection and how to take safety measures-- all while maintaining culturally-relevant comic elements. This information was extremely useful given the time frame and targeted demographic. Moreover, the comics were published solely in Spanish during the height of the A.I.D.S. pandemic-- a time in which Hispanic communities lost thousands due to the virus. Chicos Modernos became not only a source of entertainment, but an indirect health resource. The address listed belonged to The CORE Program, 1990's.
Homeboy Beautiful was a short-lived and influential queer Chicano publication of the late 1980’s authored by Joey Terrill. With two existing editions and only 100 copies produced, Homeboy Beautiful fostered a sense of community within the queer Chicano scene by presenting relevant cultural content, such as featuring the problems in los barrios (neighborhoods) and highlighting the homo-homeboy lifestyle that was specific to how local Chicanos approached homosexuality. Included in both editions are “Ask Lil Loca”, a segment serving as a "letters-to-editor" feature, fashion tips relevant to cholo/a culture, art entries, and “exposés” such as a homo-homeboy party or a gang-planned kidnapping. This magazine served as safe space for Chicanos in the predominantly white gay scene. Address listed was author Joey Terrill's P.O. Box for mail art submissions.
The powerful work of queer Chicana/o artists in Los Angeles is explored in this exciting and thoughtful book published in conjunction with the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.
In this workshop led by artists Nicole Rademacher and Jerri Allyn, participants will together record their unique histories and shared experiences through the production of a communal deck of divination cards
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.