May 3 – July 27, 2012 at the Vincent Price Art Museum
The archival display in re: present L.A. titled, “Queer Latinidad: A History of HIV/ AIDS Art Consciousness in L.A” makes visible queer Latina/o artists that have shaped social consciousness through their creative artistic forms of expression in Los Angeles. Simultaneously, the archive explores how queer Latina/o artists have been influenced by their city’s dynamics. The archive also depicts the ways in which queer Latina/o artists in Los Angeles have created a social consciousness of politics and representation while navigating their body of art throughout the city’s imaginary. Specifically, the archive demonstrates the visibility of HIV/AIDS Latina/o art cultural production prevalent in the late 80s and 90s. This area of focus emerges from a critical time in Los Angeles when AIDS rapidly took the lives of many queer Chicanos and Latinos living in L.A. The archive illuminates the fact that HIV/AIDS continues to be a silent virus in Latina/o communities. Thus, the archive not only re-visits a past of HIV/AIDS art activism in LA but serves to recall (remember) how HIV/AIDS continues to affect Latina/o communities in Los Angeles.
The archive highlights the literary work of Los Angeles writer Gil Cuadros, the literary production of Chicos Modernos and Homeboy Beautiful by Los Angeles artist Joey Terrill and the contributions of Chicana performer and writer Monica Palacios and her participation with the Los Angeles organization VIVA Lesbian and Gay Latino Artists.
Contributors of the archive: Laura Aguilar, Kevin Martin, Monica Palacios, Reina Prado, Nina Rota, Joey Terrill, and Terry Wolverton.