“Cruising the Archive” Closes

The last part of Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 closed June 23, 2012. ONE Archives would like to thank everyone involved in this monumental project for their time, support and commitment.

In case you missed the exhibition, we would encourage you to purchase the comprehensive exhibition catalogue published by ONE, which includes eight essays by artists and scholars, information on artworks and archival materials included in the exhibition, reprints from early queer publications from Los Angeles including ONE Magazine, an introduction by the exhibition’s co-curators, a map of historical sites referenced in the publication, and a limited edition poster that functions as a book jacket created by artist Onya Hogan-Finlay. Find out more information about the exhibition catalogue here.

Please check ONE Archives’ website for information on exhibitions organized by ONE currently on view here.

Image: Sister Corita Kent, E eye love, 1968. Serigraph, 22 3⁄4 x 22 3⁄4 inches. Morris Kight Collection. ONE Archives.

This Thursday! “Transactivation: Revealing Queer Histories in the Archive”

Transactivation: Revealing Queer Histories in the Archive

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6-9pm

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

909 West Adams Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90007


Do not miss this amazing event! In conjunction with Cruising the Archive, artists Heather Cassils, Zackary Drucker, Wu Tsang and Chris Vargas will present a series of live performances and video projects inspired by the collections at ONE Archives. These artists explore trans content in their multidisciplinary work and are interested in a discussion about LGBTQ archives and the “Ts” and “Qs” often missing from historical records. The performance will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dean Spade, assistant professor at the Seattle University School of Law.


Also come to see Catherine Lord’s To Whom It May Concern, in its last week on view at ONE Archives.


Presented by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative

Organized by Onya Hogan-Finlay, David Frantz and Mia Locks. co-sponsored by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)

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.