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USC and ONE National Archives unveil exhibit exploring LGBT history in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- Then University of Southern California (USC) will unveil an exhibit today that looks at the post-World War II experience of the LGBT community in L.A.

The exhibit, which will be housed in USC's Doheny Memorial Library, will explore the activism and artistic contributions of the LGBT community in Los Angeles from the 1940s to the 1980s, which organizers say is an often overlooked, but important part of the national history of the movement.

The exhibit, called "Queer Worldmaking," will explore the activism and artistic contributions of the time and feature photographs, scrapbooks, recordings, films and other documents, along with costumes and other ephemera from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.

"Queer Worldmaking" is part of Cruising the Archive, a multi-venue exhibition from the ONE Archives. Its two companion exhibitions, "Wink Wink" and "Rare Looks," are currently on display at the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum in West Hollywood and at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives headquarters in the West Adams area of L.A., respectively.

The university is kicking off the exhibit with two events happening this evening, including a reception and a panel discussion at 7 pm called "Queer Aesthetics and Archival Practices." The presentation will focus on archives and their relationship to contemporary art.

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