IN LAURA AGUILAR’S PHOTO Will Work For #4, 1993, the artist is pictured holding a cardboard sign that reads ARTIST WILL WORK FOR AXCESS. She’s standing in front of a gallery’s concrete exterior, panhandling for an “in.” It would be too easy to see “Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell,” her retrospective at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles, as the obvious and final answer to this performance, or as a palliative for the paucity of representation of brown, queer, impoverished, and chronically ill folksall of whom are brought to the fore in Aguilar’s body of workin an institutional realm. Although she has inspired countless visual artists, as well as students of Chicanx and Latinx history and culture (an archive of her papers and photographs from 1981 to 1995 resides at Stanford University’s library), this is her first comprehensive monographic exhibition. As a
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