Between the late 1960s and 1990s, a group of queer Chicanx artists based in Los Angeles privileged collaboration and experimentation as they contributed to significant artistic and cultural movements. These include mail art, feminist print media, the formation of alternative spaces, punk music and performance, and artistic response to the AIDS crisis. Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. contextualizes their diverse practices within intersecting fields of queer and Latinx art history.
Since its opening in 2017, Axis Mundo has traveled with ICI to six cities across the United States. The exhibition’s tour marks the first significant showing of many of these pioneering artists’ work and contributes to the expansion of research and understanding of identity while navigating an inequitable cultural landscape. Join us to discuss these aspects of the exhibition in conversation with co-curators C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz and moderated by ICI’s Becky Nahom.