David Evans Frantz is a curator based in Los Angeles. He is currently a Collections Research Specialist at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. From 2018 to 2019 he was Associate Curator at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and from 2011 to 2018 he was Curator at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. 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 2021 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 forthcoming book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects, a publication of the Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA).

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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