Onya Hogan-Finlay’s “Lez Con” at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

Lez Con: An Exhibition by Onya Hogan-Finlay

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Toronto

January 20 – April 10, 2012


ONE Archives’ collaborator and sister Onya Hogan-Finlay currently has an exhibition, Lez Con, on view at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) in Toronto. Lez Con is a satellite exhibition in conjunction with Coming After, an international group exhibition on queer time at The Power Plant, also in Toronto  (December 10, 2011 – March 4, 2012), for which Onya produced the 2012 calender Periods, with image from calenders at ONE Archives.


A description of the exhibition Lez Con:

“Where is the lesbian content? Artist, Onya Hogan-Finlay, presents an explorative and humorous exhibition that unearths lesbian representation in the CLGA. Groupings of lesbian books, periodicals, journals, photos, buttons, paintings from the CLGA National Portrait Collection and ephemera appear along side Onya’s limited edition artist multiples, screen prints, photo collages, ink drawings and videos.

“While Canadian Content (Can Con) regulations shape the fabric of Canada culture, Lez Con exposes the often overlooked indexical record of the political, aesthetic and sex lives of lesbians. Much like the museum, LGBTQ archives often reproduce institutional sites of hegemonic masculinity that enjoy the same pervasive conditions of white male privilege that underpin Western historical canons. The works in Lez Con represent a platform for lesbians and the artist-curator to image and represent their own eroticisms, lifestyles, desires, and fantasies through a lesbian-to-lesbian gaze which actively challenges the potential misogynist and conventional heteronormative male consumption of women’s bodies.”

So if you are in Toronto in the coming months make sure to check out these shows! More information on Lez Con can be found here. Information on Coming After at the Power Plant can be found here.

Above: Onya Hogan-Finlay, Cover of the 2012 Calender Periods, 2012, and Poster created for Lez Con at the CLGA, 2012.

Upcoming Reception and Panel at the USC Doheny Memorial Library

In celebration of the opening of Cruising the Archive: Queer Worldmaking, the third part of the ONE Archives’ Pacific Standard Time exhibition, the USC Libraries will host a reception on January 24th from 5-7pm at the Doheny Memorial Library Treasure Room. Following the reception, the panel discussion “Queer Aesthetics and Archival Practices” will also be held at the Doheny Library from 7-9pm, addressing the practical and theoretical aspects of “the archive” and its relationship to contemporary art today.  Moderated by Malik Gaines, curator, performance artist and assistant professor of combined media at Hunter College, the panel will feature Ann Cvetkovich, professor of English and women’s and gender studies at the University of Texas at Austin; Catherine Lord, professor of studio art at UC Irvine; and Ulrike Müller, artist and coeditor of the queer feminist art journal LTTR. Both events are free and opening to the public. Hope to see you there!

Doheny Memorial Library
University of Southern California (University Park Campus)
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0185

Opening Reception for Cruising the Archive: Queer Worldmaking
Doheny Memorial Library, Treasure Room

Panel Discussion: Queer Aesthetics and Archival Practices
Doheny Memorial Library, Friends Lecture Hall

The Doheny Memorial Library is located in the center of campus at USC, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium. The closest available public parking is located at Parking Structure 2 (PS2). Enter garage off of Flower Street north of Exposition Boulevard.

The reception for Cruising the Archive: Queer Worldmaking is presented by the USC Libraries. “Queer Aesthetics and Archival Practices” is presented by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative.

Holiday Hours for “Cruising the Archive”

Happy Holidays from ONE Archives! Below are the holiday hours for both the main archive and gallery. If you haven’t already seen Cruising the Archive or To Whom It May Concern, we hope you get to the shows in 2012. The image above is from Robert Opel’s Fuck You Santa Claus, on view in Cruising the Archive: Wink Wink.

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007

CLOSED December 23, 2011 – January 3, 2012


ONE Archives Gallery & Museum

626 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

CLOSED December 23-25, 2011 and January 1, 2012


Above: Still from Fuck You Santa Claus, c. 1978. Digital transfer of 16mm film, 19
minutes. Produced and directed by Robert Opel, Fey Way Productions, Los Angeles. ONE Archives Collection of Film and Video at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, Los Angeles. Donated by the Center for Visual Music, Los Angeles. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives


Rap-A-Log with Jeanne Córdova Sunday, December 18th

Join us this Sunday, December 18, 2012 from 2-4pm for a rap-a-log with writer, activist, organizer and founder of The Lesbian Tide, Jeanne Córdova, for a reading from her new book When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution. A historical photo-show plus stories from the ’70s will take us into an in-depth Q&A about the State of the Union—the Gay, Feminist, Lesbian, and GenderQueer Movements. What’s on your mind? Bring a written question.

More information on Jeanne can be found here.

December 17-18th is also the Pacific Standard Time Downtown/Expo Focus Weekend. Information on special events related to PST in the Downtown area can be found on a downloadable PDF here.

Hope to see you at ONE Archives this Sunday!

See “Cruising the Archive” Thanksgiving weekend!

If you haven’t seen Cruising the Archive, two-parts of the exhibition will be open this Thanksgiving weekend. Be sure to check out the shows! ONE Archives’ Thanksgiving weekend hours are below:

Cruising the Archive: Wink Wink at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum in West Hollywood will be open during normal hours this weekend: Friday, 4:30-8:30pm and Saturday/Sunday, 1-5pm. More info here.

Cruising the Archive: Rare Looks at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th, but will be open Saturday, November 26th, from 11-5pm. More info here. If you stop by the archive, be sure to see Catherine Lord’s installation To Whom It May Concern.

Above: John Quitman, Unknown (Four legs, two arms), c. 1960s. Ink, charcoal, pencil, and chalk on paper, 25 x 19 inches. John Quitman Lynch Collection. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

Walk-through with the Curators of “Cruising the Archive: Wink Wink”

Don’t miss a walk-through of Cruising the Archive: Wink Wink with Guest Curators David Frantz and Mia Locks this Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 2-3pm at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum in West Hollywood. The curators will lead an informal discussion about Cruising the Archive and share information about artworks and archival materials included in Wink Wink. Hope to see you there!

The ONE Archives Gallery & Museum is located at 626 North Robertson Boulevard,
West Hollywood, CA 90069
. Enter gallery on El Tovar Place. Parking is free for the first hour at a parking garage located at the end of El Tovar Place. Admission is free – suggested donation of $5.

Above: Installation photograph of Cruising the Archive: Wink Wink.  photograph: David Frantz.

Have a look at Catherine Lord’s installation “To Whom It May Concern”

To Whom It May Concern, a site-specific installation by artist Catherine Lord, is on view at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives near USC through March 3, 2012. Be sure to check it out! More information here.



Catherine Lord, To Whom It May Concern, 2011. Laminated inkjet prints, paint. Installation photographs: Nori Minami.


The Catalogue has Arrived

The exhibition catalogue for Cruising the Archive has arrived! Featuring essays by Ann Cvetkovich, Vaginal Davis, Jennifer Doyle, Judith “Jack” Halberstam, Catherine Lord, Richard Meyer, Ulrike Müller, and Dean Spade, this 208-page publication includes information on all of the artworks and archival items included in the exhibition, as well as additional materials from ONE Archives. The catalogue also includes a limited edition poster that doubles as a book jacket produced by artist Onya Hogan-Finlay, featuring a photograph of the friends of ONE Archives.

Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980
$32.50 (includes tax)

Available for purchase at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives near the University of Southern California or at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum in West Hollywood.


Purchase the catalogue online for $37.50 (includes shipping and tax) by clicking here. Choose your method of payment and check “Exhibition Catalogue” in the Donation Information section. To purchase multiple catalogues, please contact ONE Archives at askone@onearchives.org or call (213) 741-0094.