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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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Making AIDS Matter

(p.149) Conclusion
Archiving an Epidemic

Robb Hernández

NYU Press

Galvanized by Terrill’s speculative art practice, This chapter proposes an addition to the archival body/archival space study model in the form of the virtual queer archival laboratory. Taking a page from feminist art history and AIDS art activism’s institutional critique, this study concludes through a virtual shuttling across vignettes and variant strands of time and space, reimagining alternative afterlives for the collections it has surveyed. From a book fair, to a haberdashery, toa colossal pre-Columbian ruin, each site represents speculative encounters through a failed project from the museum’s past: the cast collection. Through the language of the reprint, replica, and revisitation, another engagement with the museum and archive emerges grasping Chicanx art’s queer future through a virtual key.

Keywords:   Jef Huereque, Mundos Alternos, Modern Objects, cast culture, Aby Warburg, André Malraux, Maricón Collective, Homeboy Beautiful, institutional critique, Picasso

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