VPAM guest curators awarded Warhol Foundation Grant

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Monterey Park, California — The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded a $42,000 Curatorial Fellowship to C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz to prepare their exhibition “Teddy Sandoval and the Butch Gardens School of Art” scheduled for 2022–23 at the Vincent Price Art Museum and Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts.

Teddy Sandoval (1949–1995) was a central figure in intersecting queer and Chicano artistic circles in Los Angeles, as well as an active participant in international avant-garde movements. His life and career were cut short by HIV/AIDS in 1995. 

This prestigious fellowship will support curatorial research and travel for the project, enabling Chavoya and Frantz to examine Sandoval’s diverse creative output while situating his practice within a genealogy of queer Latinx and Latin American artistic experimentation. The curators plan to travel to Colombia, Brazil, Ottawa, San Francisco, and elsewhere to visit studios of living artists or their estates and archives.

Chavoya and Frantz previously co-curated the critically-acclaimed exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., jointly organized by ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA inititative in 2017. The exhibition, which featured work by Sandoval, explored the intersections among a network of more than 50 artists and was the first of its kind to excavate histories of experimental art practice, collaboration, and exchange by a group of Los Angeles-based queer Chicano artists between the late 1960s and early 1990s.

“Throughout the process of organizing Axis Mundo, we always had our eye on revisiting Teddy’s work and showing it in greater depth,” the curators explain. “This fellowship enables us to further explore his importance while charting new trajectories for thinking about intersectional Latinx and queer art histories across the Americas.”

“The VPAM team is thrilled to partner with Ondine Chavoya, David Evans Frantz, and the Williams College Museum of Art to showcase the incredibly important work of artist Teddy Sandoval,” said VPAM representative Joseph Valencia. “We are immensely grateful to the Warhol Foundation for its support of this project and look forward to bringing it to the communities we serve at East Los Angeles College and beyond.”

More information on the Curatorial Fellowship can be found at warholfoundation.org.


About the Curators

C. Ondine Chavoya is a Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies at Williams College, where he teaches courses in contemporary art and visual culture. A specialist in Chicanx and Latinx art, Chavoya’s writings have appeared in Afterimage, Artforum, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, CR: The New Centennial Review, Performance Research, Wide Angle, and in numerous exhibition catalogues and edited volumes. He is also co-editor of Chicano and Chicana Art: A Critical Anthology (Duke University Press, 2019).  His curatorial projects have addressed issues of collaboration, experimentation, social justice, and archival practices in contemporary art. Recent exhibitions include Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 (with Rita Gonzalez, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Williams College Museum of Art, 2011), Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography (with Lisa Dorin, Williams College Museum of Art, 2017), and Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. (with David Evans Frantz, 2017). Chavoya served as the International Consulting Curator to the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) in Perú from 2018-2020.

David Evans Frantz is an independent curator based in Los Angeles. He was Associate Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum from 2018 to 2019 and curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries from 2011 to 2018. His curatorial projects examine alternative art movements, queer politics and culture, historical erasure, and archival practices in contemporary art. In 2017 he co-curated with C. Ondine Chavoya the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., a collaboration between ONE Archives and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Axis Mundo has traveled to multiple venues across the United States and the catalogue has been the recipient of nine awards, including an Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).

About the Vincent Price Art Museum 

The Vincent Price Art Museum is located on East Los Angeles College’s campus. It serves as a unique educational resource for the diverse audiences of the college and the community through the exhibition, interpretation, collection, and preservation of works in all media of the visual arts. VPAM provides an environment to encounter a range of aesthetic expressions that illuminate the depth and diversity of artwork produced by people of the world, both contemporary and past. By presenting thoughtful, innovative and culturally diverse exhibitions and by organizing cross-disciplinary programs on issues of historical, social, and cultural relevance, VPAM seeks to promote knowledge, inspire creative thinking, and deepen an understanding of and appreciation for the visual arts. The museum building is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19. Learn more at http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org.

About the Williams College Museum of Art

The Williams College Museum of Art makes dynamic art experiences to incite new thinking about art, museums, and the world. At the heart of the Williams College campus, the museum draws on the collaborative and multidisciplinary ethos of the surrounding college to enliven the more than 15,000 works in its growing collection. The museum and its collection are a catalyst for student learning and community engagement. WCMA is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. WCMA is free and open to all. The museum building is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19. Learn more at http://artmuseum.williams.edu.

Press Contacts

Joseph Valencia, Exhibitions & Programs Coordinator, jvalencia@vincentpriceartmuseum.org 

Andrea Gonzalez, Communications Assistant, info@vincentpriceartmuseum.org 

Caption: Teddy Sandoval, Las Locas, c. 1980. Acrylic and mixed media on unstretched canvas. Courtesy of Paul Polubinskas. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen.

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