Organized by David Frantz, curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles
Since his death from complications of AIDS in 1990, artist Tony Greene’s work has gone largely unrecognized. This year marks the first time his work has been exhibited since 1995.
Amid Voluptuous Calm seeks to excavate Greene’s oeuvre, placing it in dialogue with other queer artists in Los Angeles whose work similarly tackled issues of desire, mortality, and trauma. This concise “show-within-a-show” only hints at the numerous ways visual art, poetry, activism, performance, and S&M converged, and how notions of queerness—a term just making its way into the lexicon—informed artistic production for a community of artists.