New Doheny Library Exhibition to Explore LGBT Activism & Culture in Postwar L.A.
Selected ONE Magazine covers from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.
Though sometimes overlooked, the LGBT experience in postwar L.A. forms an important part of national LGBT history. Now, a new exhibition opening January 24 in Doheny Memorial Library's first-floor Treasure Room will explore the activism and artistic contributions of L.A.'s LGBT community from the 1940s to the 1980s. Held in conjunction with the Getty's Pacific Standard Time initiative, Queer Worldmaking features photographs, scrapbooks, recordings, films, and other documents—as well as costumes and other ephemera—from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.
Two events on Tuesday, January 24 mark the opening of the exhibition. At 5:00 p.m., the USC Libraries host an opening reception on the first floor of Doheny Memorial Library. Refreshments will be served. Then, at 7:00 p.m., Visions & Voices will present Queer Aesthetics and Archival Practices, a panel discussion in the Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240) about archives and their relationship to contemporary art.
Queer Worldmaking is part of Cruising the Archive, a multi-venue exhibition from the ONE Archives. Its two companion exhibitions, Wink Wink and Rare Looks, are currently on display at the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum in West Hollywood and at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives headquarters in West Adams, respectively.
A pink leather motorcycle outfit worn by Lee Leonard in a Christopher Street West pride parade, from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.
Protesters outside Silver Lake's Black Cat Bar in February 1967. Photo from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.