Teddy Sandoval and the Butch Gardens School of Art is the first museum retrospective dedicated to the inventive though overlooked artist Teddy Sandoval (1949–1995). A central figure in Los Angeles’s queer and Chicanx artistic circles, Sandoval was an active participant in both US and international avant-garde movements.
In the spirit of collectivity suggested by the "school of art," this expansive survey proposes an alternative model for the monographic exhibition by including works by an intergenerational grouping of queer, Latinx, and Latin American artists who share similar graphic sensibilities, approaches to media, or thematic interests.
As explained by exhibition curators C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz, “Our curatorial approach honors the imagination of Sandoval’s Butch Gardens School of Art and reactivates it by bringing artists in dialogue with his work and with one another. In the process, we highlight parallel approaches across the Americas among artists who largely did not have the opportunity to show with or know one another.”
The exhibition is curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, John D. Murchison Regents Professor in Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, and independent curator David Evans Frantz.
The exhibition will be up until March 2, 2024. Read more about the exhibition here.