Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Transactivation: Revealing Queer Histories in the Archive

Tomorrow evening, a fantastic event, Transactivation: Revealing Queer Histories in the Archive will be taking place at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. This event will use a mixture of art, historical documents, and discussion to explore the issues of transgender representations in LGBTQ archives and historical records. The event is taking place in collaboration with the three part exhibition Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980. This exhibition explores the relationship between artistic practices and LGBTQ histories through artworks, objects, and archival documents culled from the collections at the archive. This exhibition is presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.

Transactivation will present a series of live performances and video projects inspired by the collections at ONE Archive by the artists Heather Cassils, Zackary Drucker, Wu Tsang and Chris Vargas. The artists' multidisciplinary work will examine transgender content and grapple with the issue of the "forgotten" transgender history in archives and historical records. These performance pieces will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dean Spade, Assistant Professor at the Seattle University School of Law.

This event is presented by Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative, organized by Onya Hogan-Finlay, David Frantz and Mia Locks, and co-sponsored by LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions).

Date - Thursday, March 1st
Time - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Place - ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
           909 West Adams Boulevard
           Los Angeles, CA 90007

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