Organized by David Frantz and Mia Locks, Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 is a three-part exhibition that explores the relationship between artistic practices and LGBTQ histories through artworks, objects, and archival documents culled from the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. By presenting works of art alongside archival materials from the social and historical context of their production, the exhibition explores the divergent, ambiguous, and sometimes humorous ways in which queer artists and activists in Los Angeles have contributed to the aesthetic and political field of cultural production. Cruising the Archive presents artworks by both established and unknown artists and is the most comprehensive showing of ONE Archives’ art collection to date.


Cruising the Archive is part of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.

For more information, please visit pacificstandardtime.org.

Cruising the Archive is organized by David Frantz and Mia Locks. Major support for the exhibition is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Kathleen Garfield and the Aldridge Families. Additional support is provided by the University of Southern California Libraries, and Jehan Agrama and Dwora Fried. Select public programming is made possible by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative.

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Above (left to right): Sister Corita Kent, E eye love, 1968. Serigraph, 18 x 24 inches. Collection of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Immaculate Heart Community, Los Angeles; Patssi Valdez, Cyclona, 1982. Hand-painted photograph, 13 x 7 3⁄4 inches. Cyclona Collection, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, courtesy of the artist; Steven Arnold, The Advantages of Modern Marriage, c. 1980s. Gelatin silver print, 8 x 7 3⁄4 inches. Collection of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, courtesy of the Steven Arnold Archives