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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

October 1, 2011 - May 31, 2012

Los Angeles, CA

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
presents:

Cruising the Archive:

Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles 1945 - 1980


Mundo Meza, Unknown
(Drawing on reverse of school bell schedule),
c. 1969. Ink on paper, 4 1⁄2 x 6 3⁄4 inches.
Cyclona Collection.
Collection of ONE
National Gay & Lesbian Archives.
Courtesy of Pat Meza and Elizabeth Signorelli

Organized by David Frantz and Mia Locks, Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles 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. 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.

Opening Reception for Cruising the Archive: Wink Wink Saturday, October 15, 2011, 5-8pm ONE Archives Gallery & Museum 626 North Robertson Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069 Join us for the opening reception of Cruising the Archive: Wink Wink at ONE Archives Gallery & Museum. ______________________________________________________________________ Walkthrough with the curators of Cruising the Archive Sunday, October 16, 2011, 2-4pm ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives 909 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007 Join Guest Curators David Frantz and Mia Locks for a discussion about the exhibition followed by a walkthrough of Cruising the Archive: Rare Looks. Presented as part of ONE Archives' monthly Culture Series ______________________________________________________________________ Opening Reception for Cruising the Archive: Rare Looks and To Whom It May Concern Saturday, October 22, 2011, 5-8pm ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives 909 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007 Join us for the opening reception of Cruising the Archive: Rare Looks and To Whom It May Concern, a site-specific project by Catherine Lord, at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. ______________________________________________________________________ Opening Reception for Cruising the Archive: Queer Worldmaking Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 5-7pm Doheny Memorial Library, Treasure Room University of Southern California (University Park Campus) 3550 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA 90089-0185 Join us for the opening reception of Queer Worldmaking at the USC Doheny Memorial Library Treasure Room followed by the panel discussion Queer Aesthetics and Archival Practices. Reception presented by USC Libraries. ______________________________________________________________________ Panel Discussion: Queer Aesthetics and Archival Practices Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 7-9pm Doheny Memorial Library, Friends Lecture Hall, Room 240 University of Southern California (University Park Campus) 3550 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA 90089-0185 "Queer Aesthetics and Archival Practices" is a panel discussion with artists and scholars who will address the practical and theoretical aspects of "the archive" and its relationship to contemporary art today. Moderated by curator and performer Malik Gaines, the panel will feature Ann Cvetkovich, professor of English and women's and gender studies at the University of Texas at Austin; Catherine Lord, professor of studio art at UC Irvine; and Ulrike Müller, artist and coeditor of the queer feminist art journal LTTR. Please join us before the panel for an opening reception for Cruising the Archive: Queer Worldmaking in the Doheny Memorial Library Treasure Room from 5 to 7pm. Presented by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative Co-sponsored by USC Libraries ______________________________________________________________________ Transactivations: Revealing Queer Histories in the Archive Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6-9pm ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives 909 W. Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90007 Artists Heather Cassils, Zackary Drucker, Wu Tsang and Chris Vargas will present a series of live performances and video projects inspired by the collections at ONE Archives. These artists explore trans content in their multidisciplinary work and are interested in a discussion about LGBTQ archives and the "Ts" and "Qs" often missing from historical records. The performance will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dean Spade, assistant professor at the Seattle University School of Law. Presented by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative Organized by Onya Hogan-Finlay and co-sponsored by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) ______________________________________________________________________ ONEoff: Don Bachardy in Conversation with Susan Morgan Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 7-9pmDoheny Memorial Library, Friends Lecture Hall, Room 240 University of Southern California (University Park Campus) 3550 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA 90089-0185 Join us for a discussion with acclaimed portrait artist Don Bachardy and writer Susan Morgan.


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ABSTRACT ART
“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual.” — Tom of Finland