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Preserving our lives : Cruising the Archive and radical queer assemblage
Amelia Rose Righi
May 7, 2012
Department or Program
Jan Christian Bernabe
Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty Research Institute spanning sixty-nine cultural institutions across Southern California that seeks to assert the art historical and cultural significance of Southern California, and specifically, of Los Angeles. Open from October 2011 to April 2012, the unprecedented initiative brings together various cultural institutions, such as museums, galleries, colleges and universities, archival institutions, and community centers, and in doing so, transforms these spaces into exhibitional sites of discursive and narrative engagement. The only queer-specific exhibition within Pacific Standard Time, Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980: Rare Looks; Wink, Wink; and Queer Worldmaking is an expansive retrospective of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Cruising the Archive is a space for broader critiques of the queer archive and an embodiment of constantly becoming queer assemblage. The exhibit is a catalyst for reformations of Los Angeles’ queer historiography and queer knowledge production. Cruising the Archive possesses homonormative and radical significance and broadens notions of queerness, specifically through the inclusion of Sister Corita Kent and her serigraphs, E eye love and damn.