Metanoia: Transformation through AIDS Archives and Activism

On view January 17 – April 5, 2020

Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 2020 | 5:00–8:00 PM

Location: ONE Gallery, West Hollywood
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Gallery Hours
Friday through Sunday: 11:00am–2:00pm & 3:00pm–6:00pm
Closed Monday – Thursday


Metanoia: Transformation Through AIDS Archives and Activism is an archival examination of community-based responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis in America. The exhibition’s title is of Greek origin and expresses the possibility of change through transformation. Metanoia demonstrates that HIV/AIDS is a powerful agent of change and that transformation happens through community, activism, words, sex, care, and the materials that document these human efforts.

Metanoia is curated from holdings from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries (ONE Archives), as well as those of The Center Archive’s holdings. The show centers primarily on the contributions and experiences of Black cis and trans women, and cis and trans women of color who have always been at the forefront of movement work, but who are often found at the margins of AIDS archives, art shows, and histories. Locating their words, images, stories, and histories in these archives has been transformational for the curators and will be for audiences concerned with the ongoing impact of the AIDS crisis. Metanoia was exhibited at the Center in New York City in 2019 and the 2020 exhibition will be on view at ONE Gallery, West Hollywood.

This exhibition is organized by the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. and The Center. In New York (Winter 2019), it was curated by Katherine Cheairs, Alexandra Juhasz, Theodore (ted) Kerr, and Jawanza Williams for What Would an HIV Doula Do? (WWHIVDD), a collective comprised of artists, filmmakers, writers, and activists committed to ensuring that community plays a key role in the current AIDS response. The Los Angeles exhibition (Winter 2020) is curated by Katherine Cheairs, Alexandra Juhasz, and Theodore (ted) Kerr. 


Image (top): Lolita Lens Photography.
Image (bottom): San Francisco Bay Guardian. Newspaper Clipping. “To Die in Chowchilla,” 1994. Article by Noelle Hanrahan. No photo credit providedJudy Greenspan Papers, The LGBT Community Center National History Archive.
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