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  • Frozen Art (1982)

    Mundo Meza

    Mundo Meza and Robert Legorreta were close friends and collaborated on numerous projects beginning in the late 1960s. Here, Legorreta presents himself as Cyclona, his alter ego or performance persona; Meza has done his makeup and shot the photograph. This private semi-performance is just one iteration of Cyclona and the collaborative process between Legorreta (subject) and Meza (artist). Frozen Art recalls earlier collaborative performances by the two during the late 1960s and '70s in East Los Angeles, along with fellow artist Gronk.

    Color photograph 11 x 14 in
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Courtesy of Patricia Meza and Elizabeth Signorelli.

  • Untitled (Ballet Dancers) (date unknown)

    Sidney Bronstein

    Oil on board 7 3/4 x 5 in
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

  • Untitled Fashion Sketch (1975)

    Rudi Gernreich

    Colored pencil on paper 20 x 15 in
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

  • Eddie Ayers (1976)

    John McAlister

    Oil on board 24 x 18 in
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

  • Untitled (Athlete Supporting Seven Youths) (1943)

    Sidney Bronstein

    Oil on board 8 x 9 1/2 in
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

  • Homage to Jean Genet (1971)

    John Quitman

    Oil on canvas 49 x 61 in
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

  • Sign from Beverly Shaw's Club Laurel, a Lesbian Nightclub in Studio City, California (ca. 1940s)

    Artist Unknown

    Noted for her sultry style within the 1940s gay nightclub scene in San Francisco, singer Beverly Shaw moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s to continue her musical career.  She performed at The Flamingo, a lesbian bar in Hollywood, and later at Club Laurel in Studio City, which she eventually bought and operated for over fourteen years. During the 1940s and '50s this sign with Shaw’s portrait hung at the Club Laurel. In the late 1950s or early '60s Shaw started her own record label, Club Laurel Records, and recorded her only full-length album, Songs "Tailored to Your Taste."

    Oil and conté on board 39 x 70 in
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

  • Jim, Troopers Hall, Hollywood (1971)

    Anthony Friedkin

    Part of Friedkin's "Gay Essay," 1969–72. Between 1969 and 1972, Anthony Friedkin photographed members of the gay community in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The “Gay Essay” shows a wide-range of gay individuals living on the West Coast, including drag queens, street hustlers, performers, activists, and numerous young people. As Friedkin attests, the series captures an important transitional moment in the gay community, post-Stonewall: “The gay people I chose to photograph were willing to share their awareness with me—something not many executive gay men or women were able to do for fear of damaging their reputations. . . . The experiences I had photographing these people were vastly different and at times beyond my own imagination. I found a tremendous honesty among them, a wonderful sense of the absurd, and a fantastic passion” (Anthony Friedkin, Camera [May 1974]). Photograph from the Morris Kight Collection, ONE Archives.

    Gelatin silver print 14 x 11 in. each, overall dimension 14 x 90 in
    ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum

Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980: Wink Wink

Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles explores the relationship between artistic practices and LGBT histories through objects and documents from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. The work of gay and lesbian artists, activists, filmmakers, and community leaders living and working in Los Angeles between the end of WWII and Gay Liberation of the 1970s will be presented alongside archival materials from ONE Archives' extensive collections. As the oldest LGBT organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBT materials in the world, ONE Archives is uniquely positioned to contextualize this period often understudied within LGBT history. Cruising the Archive will be on view concurrently at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum in West Hollywood and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in West Adams. A range of programmatic activities and a fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
10/01/2011 04/01/2012
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069