The Living Queer Archive at LACE
October 19, 2023 7–9pm
Advocate and Gochis Galleries from the LA LGBT Center Village at Ed Gould Plaza Courtyard
1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90038
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Situated on Hollywood Blvd, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) has served as an incubator for queer artistic experimentation in Los Angeles since its founding in 1978. Within the organization’s history is a living queer archive which highlights moments of queer cultural production within LACE’s exhibition and programming history. Gathering artists, curators, and creatives who have contributed to this archive, panelists will share their connections to LACE and converse about the archive, and the present and future of queer art in Los Angeles.
Cat Jones (he/him) is a Los Angeles-based artist whose projects use different mediums to resist western cultural binaries. Black queer artistry is fundamental to these visual and auditory narratives that encourage a sharing of truths that result in healing. Jones was selected as LACE’s 2022 Emerging Curator; he curated the performance series Reclaiming Performance as a Revolutionary Act to highlight transmasculine and nonbinary artists who use their practice to heal, release, and celebrate their lives and importance in our world.
Jerri Allyn (she, he, shimm/her) is an activist artist and educator, explores themes of social justice and community empowerment, often challenging gender norms and questioning power structures. S/He addresses issues related to labor, sexuality, women’s rights, queer rights. Often collaborating, with an interest in civic engagement, s/he works extensively with site-oriented performance and installation art, sculptural tableaus; audio, video and billboards; artists books, graphic multiples and page art. Most of Allyn’s work is in a narrative, storytelling form. S/He strives for aesthetic innovations, incorporating historical facts, community insights, and satiric wit. Internationally exhibited, s/he has been grant funded and commissioned for 30 years.
Matias Viegener (he/him) is a writer, artist and critic who teaches at CalArts. He’s the author of 2500 Random Things About Me and The Assassination of Kathy Acker, editor of I’m Very Into You, the correspondence of Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark, and co-editor of Séance in Experimental Writing and The Noulipian Analects. He has exhibited and curated art at LACE, LACMA, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Yerba Buena Center, ARCO/Madrid, Ars Electronica, and the Badischer Kunstverein. His work has been written about in The New Yorker, salon.com, The New York Times, Art in America, Frieze, Art:21, The Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, and The Huffington Post.
The Living Queer Archive at LACE panel will be moderated by LACE’s Assistant Director of Programming, Juan Silverio.
This program is part of ONE Archives’ CIRCA Festival. To learn more about the festival and see program listings, visit https://www.onearchives.org/circa-queer-histories-festival/
ABOUT CIRCA Queer Histories Festival
Celebrating seven decades of service to the LGBTQ+ community, ONE Archives Foundation presents Circa, the first and only LGBTQ+ histories festival in the United States. Kicking off at the start of LGBTQ+ History Month, October 2023, the month-long programming series will showcase the trailblazing histories and vibrant cultural contributions of LGBTQ+ communities through the lens of present-day challenges and triumphs. Spanning the arts, humanities, politics, and culture, Circa will feature queer and trans thinkers and doers leading the movement for LGBTQ+ liberation.
About ONE Archives Foundation
ONE Archives Foundation is the independent community partner that supports ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952 as ONE Inc., the publisher of ONE Magazine, ONE Archives Foundation is the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States. In 2010, ONE Archives Foundation deposited its vast collection of LGBTQ historical materials with the USC Libraries. Today, the organization is dedicated to promoting this important resource through diverse activities including educational initiatives, fundraising, and range of public programs.