Pride Publics: Words and Actions

626 North Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Jun 05, 9 AM - 10 PM — ends Jul 01, 2021
Pride Publics: Words and Actions, organized by ONE Archives Foundation and curated by Rubén Esparza, stages a visual dialogue between historical and contemporary LGBTQ changemakers.Twenty-eight large-scale (4’ x 5’) black-and-white posters are wheatpasted in public spaces, with hand-applied accent colors unique to each site of installation. The outdoor exhibit is located along Robertson Boulevard on the east side of the street (next to The Abbey), close to the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.

These posters feature dynamic and engaging portraits of contemporary LGBTQ+ artists, writers, and community organizers, along with two quotes: one from the selected artists themselves, and the other from an LGBTQ+ trailblazer who inspires them. Esparza’s design inspiration comes from queer lineages of activist-artists, including Gran Fury member Robert Vásquez Pacheco’s method of propaganda making, inspired by advertising strategies, and Zoe Leonard’s analogue typeset work, “I want a president” (1992).

Featured artists include: ¿LA PREGUNTA?, Derrick Austin, Rocío Carlos, Cassils, Rick Castro, Ani Cooney, Patrisse Cullors, Durk Dehner, Angela Divina, Ramy El-Etreby, Raquel Gutierrez, Peter Kalisch, traci kato-kiriyama, Fernando Lopez, Jennifer Moon, Thinh Nguyen, Paul Outlaw, Paul Pescador, Rogelio Ramires, Marval A Rex, Jaklin Romine, Sheree Rose, Irene Suico Soriano, Joey Terrill, Jenevieve Ting, Imani Tolliver, C. Jerome Woods, and Yozmit.

With free and accessible outdoor installations, a window installation at ONE Gallery in West Hollywood, a web guide with media components, printed matter with thematically relevant artworks, and programming, Pride Publics: Words and Action aims to give visibility to LGBTQ+ life in the public through the lens of history, community, and activism. This exhibit is supported by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division as part of the City's One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (May 22 - June 30). More info at www.weho.org/pride or @wehoarts.