David Evans Frantz is an independent curator based in Los Angeles. He has previously held curatorial positions at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. His curatorial projects examine alternative art movements, queer politics and culture, historical erasure, and archival practices in contemporary art. In 2017, he co-curated with C. Ondine Chavoya the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., a collaboration between ONE Archives and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles that traveled through 2022 in an exhibition tour organized by Independent Curators International (ICI). The catalogue for Axis Mundo was the recipient of nine awards, including an Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).

He is co-editor with Christina Linden and Chris E. Vargas of the book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects, a publication of the Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA). Working again with Chavoya, he recently co-organized the exhibition Teddy Sandoval and the Butch Gardens School of Art, a collaboration between ICI, the Vincent Price Art Museum, and the Williams College Museum of Art.

In addition to curating exhibitions, Frantz has extensive experience as a writer, editor, publication manager, and program organizer. Frantz's practice as a cultural producer is artist-centric, collaborative, and committed to elevating marginalized histories.


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