Thursday, May 7, 2015
My View on VIVA
In VIVA, Hernandez recounts the achievements of the Organization as a pioneer of a Los Angeles based Gay and Lesbian center where queer artists could come and express their views on politics and the AIDS epidemic. Also, Hernandez enumerates the conflicts the center had with other organizations and with the law, especially in the way artists chose to portray homoeroticism through art.
What I find fascinating is how despite the efforts of subjugating the organization, the founders, mainly Palencia and Palacios, continued to seek for innovative ways to keep the organization alive through the late 90s by adding different performance arts, exhibitions, and adding people to spark the creativity of lesbians from the surrounding areas of Los Angeles. The detailed and thorough research of exhibitions, receipts, and meeting minutes adds validity to Hernandez's claim, which in turn corroborates most of the major events found in "Gay L.A." (Something that is also briefly brought up in "When we were Outlaws").