This is the Winter 2017 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
To earn extra credit, simply attend event posted here, write a 200-300 blog post about the event (by the due date) and include a selfie of you at the event. Provide as much details about the event (what you saw/heard), and your response to the event (what you think/feel).
A celebration of the rich heritage of the LGBTQ individuals that populate greater Los Angeles. The films and TV shows that screen at Fusion showcase the stories of queer communities of color, including African, African American, Asian diaspora and Latinx perspectives as well as many other cultural identities. The festival enables LGBT and Genderqueer people of color to see themselves on the big screen, often for the very first time–a powerful and validating experience that underscores the universality of our lived experiences.
The first annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles is a celebration of contemporary voices honoring and expanding on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. Join us as we honor LGBTQ writers and readers with discussions, readings, entertainment, food, and mingling. All programming is FREE and open to the public!
A few years ago, mostly on the streets of Boyle Heights and Highland Park in community-run spaces like La Conxa, Avenue 50, and Mi Vida, a cultural shift was born: the birth of Chicanx. The event is a reading, performance, and Q&A from folks who are founders or at the forefront of this burgeoning movement, most of whom are under the age of 25. Curated and moderated by LA native and 2016 Lambda Literary Finalist Meliza Bañales (aka Missy Fuego) and featuring Alma Rosa Rivera, Stephanie M. Hernandez, Esperanza Cisneros, and Josefina Valadez, this will be an evening of spoken-word, music, and conversation that is guaranteed to be lit!
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves, and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home (2015 Tony Award for Best Musical) introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Click on the link for specially-priced tickets for Center supporters with code LGBT.
Danielle Paris’s canvases are wildly colorful and graphically audacious, incorporating aspects of pop art, surrealism, pop culture, and agitprop. They explode with humor, intelligence, outrage, and a gorgeous, consummate artistry. Explaining the exhibit’s title, Ms. Paris wrote: “The circles and rectangles in each painting are based on the dots and dashes of Morse Code which have been enlarged into an aesthetic design while maintaining the underlying code, theme, and message.”
This exhibition brings together five vehicles painted, or drawn on, by pop artist Keith Haring (1958-1990). Haring’s brief and prolific career from 1982-1990 documented the spirit of New York City’s underground art scene through icons and images that evoked the challenges of late Twentieth Century society. His trademark style was popularized in spontaneous chalk drawings throughout the New York City subway stations.
Winter 2016 Extra Credit
Jan 23 - May 8, 2016. Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road will be on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. Jan 30-May 22, 2016. Catherine Opie: Portraits will be featured at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood.
700 Nimes Road comprises Opie's new and recent photographs taken over the course of six months at the Bel-Air estate of the late Elizabeth Taylor. Said to be inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the collection includes images of Taylor's personal space and mementos. And yes, that means clothes, shoes and jewels. MOCA chief curator Helen Molesworth organized the collection with major support provided by J.P. Morgan Private Bank.
The Hammer Museum portion of the collaborative effort will showcase 12 portraits from Opie's recent work, including shots of Jonathan Franzen, Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Mary Kelly, Matthew Barney, Glenn Ligon, John Baldessari, Kara Walker, Miranda July, Raymond Pettibon, Ron Athey and Ryan McGinness, alongside a new abstract landscape.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 4pm at the CSRC Library, 144 Haines
TALK: GUADALUPE ESQUIVEL ROSALES PRESENTS “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHICANO PARTY CREWS AND RAVE SCENE IN THE 1990S”
Guadalupe Esquivel Rosales's collection at the CSRC consists of ephemera and memorabilia that highlight the Chicana/o underground party crews and rave scenes of Los Angeles during the 1980s and 1990s. These gatherings occurred in residential backyards and industrial warehouses throughout Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Highland Park, as well as neighborhoods in the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Southeast Los Angeles. This youth culture phenomenon also occurred in cities such as Sacramento and San Diego, and in Orange County and the U.S. Southwest. Popular party crews during this time included Aztek Nation, East LA Madness, East LA Q-Teez, Midnight Pleasure, Swing Kidz, and Operation X.
Disempowered and criminalized by the public school system and at times mainstream media, party crews allowed youth to engage in resistant cultural practices, organizing for the sake of unity. Music played a key role: these house parties and raves were driven by techno, house, new wave, and “KROQ/80’s flashbacks” music, establishing a unique form of dancing, fashion, and the creation of underground communities.
Panelists will discuss how this collection highlights the organic and resourceful ways in which Chicana/o youth cultures worked to create and promote a more culturally relevant and self-reflective space. The panel will represent individuals who were deeply involved in this cultural scene, with members from Aztek Nation and Latin Underground a DJ and a photographer for Street Beat magazine.
Panelists include Rosales, Street Beat photographer Steve “Boom Boom” Hernandez, former party crew members, plus other special guests. Sandra Ruiz, visiting lecturer in the departments of Chicana/o Studies and Spanish & Portuguese, will moderate the discussion.
This event is open and free to the public. We encourage you to wear or bring your old school party crew gear and represent!
Guadalupe Esquivel Rosales is a visual artist whose work utilizes marginalized histories and personal experiences – memory, trauma and nostalgia. She is currently working on a project dealing with the Los Angeles party crew and rave scene in the ’90s that will be exhibited in 2017 at PSSST, an artist-run not-for-profit space locate in Boyle Heights.
This event is organized by the CSRC with support from the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies.