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Archiving an EpidemicArt, AIDS, and the Queer Chicanx Avant-Garde$
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Robb Hernández

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479845309

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479845309.001.0001

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Archiving an Epidemic

Robb Hernández

NYU Press

The death of the artist Mundo Meza at age twenty-nine is one of the greatest tragedies of the AIDS crisis. After his death, his extant work was scatteredand all but removed from public access, scholarly documentation, or the broader annals of Chicanx art history. Located in photographic glimpses and media clips, the detritus constituting his archival body of record demands another way of understanding an incomplete and little known oeuvre.. What is revealed in Meza’s marginality are creative practices derived from the trendy underground of Hollywood fashion, shocking window tableaus, and gender nonconforming performance art in East LA. This chapter uncovers the tenuous system ofpartial visions stewarded by his former lover and collaborator, Simon Doonan, and the plastic world of mannequins surrogating his life and memory.

Keywords:   window dressing, mannequins, New Romantics, Jeff Bridges, Eddie Murphy, Simon Doonan, Beverly Center, Frozen Art, Luis Jimenez, Ed Kienholz

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