Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. will be the first exhibition of its kind to examine work by a group of Los Angeles based queer Chicano artists between the late 1960s and early 1990s. The exhibition excavates histories of experimental art practice, collaboration, and exchange among a network of artists. In so doing, Axis Mundo complicates and expands narratives about the development of the Chicano Art Movement, performance art, queer aesthetics and practice, and art in Los Angeles. While the exhibition’s heart looks at the work of L.A. queer Chicano artists in L.A., the exhibition encompasses contributions by artistic collaborators from many different communities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and urban centers.
Axis Mundo: Organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz. Part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. On view September 9 – December 31, 2017 simultaneously in two locations:
MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
and ONE Gallery, West Hollywood, 9007 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Art above: Anthony Friedkin, Jim and Mundo, Montebello, East Los Angeles, 1972. From The Gay Essay, 1969–73. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Gift of Anthony Friedkin. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. Courtesy of Anthony Friedkin