Working together towards an exhibition scheduled for 2022/23 at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles, Ondine Chavoya and David Frantz are preparing a major retrospective Teddy Sandoval and the Butch Gardens School of Art. Sandoval was a central figure in intersecting queer and Chicanx 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. The forthcoming exhibition will illuminate Sandoval’s diverse creative output and signature stylistic invention by presenting approximately 100 of his prints, ceramics, mail art, and multiples. It will chart his engagement with gender play and tropes of masculinity, the (queer) domestic sphere, and camp as a tactic of political refusal. Furthermore, the exhibition will situate Sandoval’s practice within a genealogy of queer Latinx and Latin American artistic experimentation that is the focus of their current research. While some of the artists the curators plan to research are known in the US (such as Antonio Lopez and Marta Minujín), many have received little to no art historical attention outside of their home countries, and their inclusion in this show will propose an alternative model for the exhibition that will incorporate unanticipated affinities and parallel histories across the Americas. The curators plan to travel to Colombia, Brazil, Ottawa and elsewhere to visit studios of living artists or their estates and archives. They will also travel to San Francisco to meet with Geoffrey Gratz, a close friend of Sandoval who has numerous works in his personal collection that have not previously been available for research.
Philip Johnson commissioned Warhol to make a large-scale work for the exterior for his pavilion for the New York World’s Fair, along with other artists. Warhol’s provocative response, a multiple portrait of ‘Most Wanted Men’ was installed a few days before the opening but was deems too inflammatory and contrary to the upbeat image of the World’s Fair and the work was taken down.