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Read LACE Publications Online

April 8, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Welcome to LACE Publications: Read a selection of  LACE publications for free.


As a non-profit, our goal is to provide visitors with new experiences and art forms so that they can find new ways to engage with the community and the world. Here you will find all of LACE’s publications. They are free to read, and we encourage you to search the archive for more information on the exhibitions that accompanied the publications.



Against Nature

A Group Show of Work by Homosexual Men

January 6 – February 12, 1988

A publication from Against Nature (LACE, 1988)

This seminal exhibition, curated by Dennis Cooper and Richard Hawkins, examined decadent seclusion and syphilitic deterioration as modes of social rebellion and was informed by J.K. Huysmans’ novel À Rebours. This exhibition exposed the margins of the already marginalized world of gay men. The curators translated Huysmans through the lens of AIDS in a politically and socially conservative era, and displayed rich, decadent and inherently morbid work. They reacted against aesthetics that seemed polemically overwrought, privileging activism over the individual.

This catalog was published in 1988 and made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.

See more about “Against Nature” from the LACE Archive.


Exhausted Autumn

A Collection of Fiction, Criticism and Testimony with Plates from Paintings by Tony Greene

June 21 – August 4, 1991

Catalogue of the exhibition Sweet Oleander (LACE, 1991)

A retrospective of Tony Greene’s work spanning the years from 1984 to 1990. The exhibit was comprised of over 100 paintings as well as sculptures and installations. Exhausted Autumn was a collection of poetry and prose edited by Richard Hawkins and featured works by Brian Baltin, Dodie Bellamy, Tom Christie, Dennis Cooper, Fred Fehlau, Lawrence Gipe, Robert Glick, Tony Greene, John Greyson, Richard Hawkins, Hudson Doug Ischar, Liz Kotz, Matias Viegener and Millie Wilson.

See more about “Sweet Oleander” from the LACE Archive.


High Performance

The First Five Years 

February 1 –  March 30, 2003

Brochure produced for the exhibition High Performance (LACE, 2003)


Utilizing material from the High Performance archive, housed in Santa Monica, CA, as well as from the artists themselves, the exhibition examines the first five years of the magazine’s history through correspondence, layouts, photographs, videos, artists’ books, and other objects. With its radical, non-commercial status, performance art was, for much of the 1970s, an unrecognized discipline flourishing in both New York and Los Angeles, and Western Europe. 

Assembling performance documentation from a wide range of established and emerging artists, High Performance offered coverage to artists whose practices often challenged the boundaries, conventions, and silences of the established art world. Through live, body-based works, artists engaged experiences of autobiography, catharsis, and social injustice, challenging the ideological separations between art and life.

See more about High Performance from the LACE Archive.


Home Away From

Jimena Sarno

July 1- August 13, 2017

Curated by Daniela Lieja Quintanar


home away from addresses experiences of borders, displacement, and immigration procedures as they manifest in the everyday lives of immigrants. The space is defined with architectural elements, video, sound and scent. In the space, a wall forms a loop, an architectural operation walls usually don’t do. The installation creates an opening leading through a narrow corridor back into and out of itself. The project is inspired by Hollywood flats, used as backdrops in film and scenic design; lath and plaster (wooden strips that were traditionally used to construct interior walls in domestic architecture) and borders’ checkpoint areas. The 2 channel videos are composed of the scanning process of remnants of self-portraits of the artist’s middle school students.


In Search of Paradise

Or, Anywhere But Here

January 18 – February 24, 1990

Program produced for the video exhibition In Search of Paradise (LACE, 1990).


Exhibition organized by Steve Fagin and Bill Horrigan. Bicoastal presentation with Artists Space, New York. Features work by Leslie Thornton, Alexander Kluge, Mike Anderson, and Annette Barbier.

See more about In Search of Paradise from the LACE Archive.



An Exhibition of Video, Photography, and Installations 

February 27 – April 12, 1987

Catalog produced for Surveillance (LACE, 1987)


This exhibition featuring video, photography, and installations, brings to our attention to the technology and policies that currently affect our constitutional rights, and how such technology impacts and reconfigures the concept of the artist as an active observer that gathers information, processes it, and ultimately presents it. Curated by Branda Miller-video, installations; Deborah Irmas-photography.

See more about Surveillance from the LACE Archive.

TV Generations

February 21 – April 12, 1986

Catalog produced for the exhibition TV Generations (LACE, 1986)

Curated by John Baldessari and Bruce Yonemoto, the show showcased the work of artists who grew up with television and have translated that vision to their work. 


Artists include:

Max Almy, Dennis Balk, Dede Bazyk, Ericka Beckman, Gretchen Bender, Cindy Bernard, Barbara Bloom, Kathe Burkhart, Jim Casebere, Meg Cranston, Peter D Agostino, Connie Hatch, Perry Hoberman, Douglas Huebler, Alan Irikura, Jim Isermann, Julia Kidd, Ed Kienholz, John Maggiotto, Ann Magnuson, MANUAL (Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom), Bruce Nauman, Ed Paschke, Luciano Perna, Stephen Prina, Richard Prince, Jim Shaw, Mark Stahl, Mitchell Syrop, Nick Taggart, Jeffrey Vallance, Lisa Weger, Lawrence Weiner and Christopher Williams. 


Writers and poets included: 

Frederick Barthelme, Robert Cumming, Guy de Cointet, Lydia Davis, Tim Dlugos, Kenward Elmslie, Elaine Equi, Amy Gerstler, Ron Koertge, Ilene Segalove, Jack Skelly, Ed Smith, Benjamin Weissman


Border Art Workshop

or, Destination L.A.

December 20, 1991 – February 9, 1992

An interdisciplinary installation, performance, and video about Los Angeles as a destination for migrating people and undocumented workers. Artists featured: Narcisco Arguelles, Kirsten Aaboe, Carmela Castrejon, Stephanie Heyl, Jorge Pena Cabrera, Edgardo Reynoso, Michael Schnorr, Juan Carlos Toth, Susan Yamagata and Zopilot (Manuel Mancillas).

See more about Border Art Workshop from the LACE Archive.


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