Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism
March 17 – July 1, 2018
Thursday through Sunday: 11am-2pm & 3pm-6pm
Closed Mon – Weds
Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism examines thirty years of inspiring and defiant safer sex and harm-reduction activism. The exhibition presents safer sex posters, comics, brochures, videos, PSAs, and safer sex and clean needle kits, among other archival items, all from the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries.
While at the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s widespread public perception linked AIDS to gay men and intravenous drug users, Lost & Found reveals how activists sought to educate and empower varying publics about the pervasive epidemic. Rather than stigmatize sexuality, these educational projects often went hand-in-hand with sex positive practices. Utilizing novel and accessible forms, Lost & Found shows how the dissemination of information sought to cross cultural, economic, linguistic, and class divisions. While the majority of materials were produced in the 1980s and 1990s, the exhibition also connects these histories to the ongoing AIDS crisis through contemporary artists and activist projects.
Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism is co-curated by David Evans Frantz, curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, and independent curator Hannah Grossman, with support from exhibition consultant Neal Baer, M.D. Lost & Found is organized by the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. Generous support is provided by the Herb Ritts Foundation, The Calamus Foundation of New York, Inc. and the City of West Hollywood.
About the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc: The ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) dedicated to telling the accurate and authentic stories of LGBTQ people, history and culture through public exhibitions, educational projects and trainings, and community outreach programs. Our exhibitions, school programs, and community outreach programs are free. We depend entirely on members of the public and private foundations for support.
Image: (top) Gran Fury, Kissing Doesn’t Kill, 1989-90. Poster, 11 1/2 x 37 inches. ONE Poster Collection. ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
Image: (middle left) Color Coded safer sex poster, 1995. A collaboration between the Gay Men of Color Consortium, Los Angeles (GMOCC) and the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies (LACPS). Poster, 15 1/4 x 22 1/4 inches. Photography by Wayne Shimabukuro. Design by Roberto San Luis. ONE Poster Collection. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.
Image: (middle) AIDS Project of the East Bay safer sex poster, c. 1990s. Poster, 11 x 15 1/8 inches. Photography by Hopeton Stewart. Production, design, and layout by Valerie Papaya Mann, and Earnest Hite. ONE Poster Collection. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.
Image (middle right) Cover for the Safer Sex Comix #4, 1986. Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Artwork by Donelan, story by Greg. AIDS History Project Collection. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.
Image (bottom) San Francisco AIDS Foundation safer sex poster, 1992. Poster, 18 x 39 inches. Photography by Michele Clement. Design by Scott Sidorsky. ONE Poster Collection. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries.
September 9 – December 31, 2017
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a farreaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Axis Mundo maps the intersections and collaborations among a network of queer Chicano artists and their artistic collaborators from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. This period was bookended by the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, and feminist movements on one end, and the AIDS crisis on the other. For many artists in the exhibition, Axis Mundo marks the first historical examination of their work to date. Over two decades of artwork encompassing painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, fashion, and photography will be presented.
Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Axis Mundo is presented simultaneously at the MOCA Pacific Design Center and
ONE Gallery, West Hollywood.
MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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ONE Gallery, West Hollywood
626 N Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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The ONE Gallery portion of Axis Mundo has reopened at ONE’s newly renovated, permanent gallery at 626 North Robertson Boulevard. The exhibition will remain on view simultaneously at the MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery through December 31.