Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953); detail from The Hampton Project, 2000; ink on muslin banners, audio. Photo by Arthur Evans. Museum purchase, Kathryn Hurd Fund. (M.2005.15.A-Z) x1200

Teddy Sandoval Artwork on Display in Honor of World Aids Day at The Williams College Museum of Art

For immediate release: November 17, 2011

Each year, Williams College acknowledges Day With(out) Art/World AIDS Day on December 1. It is an occasion to mourn and remember the innumerable artists who were lost to the disease before they could leave their mark on the world. This year the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) will highlight the recent acquisition of the serigraph print—Angel Baby, 1995 by Teddy Sandoval.

As one of the many Latino artists living with AIDS during a time of great loss, Teddy Sandoval depicts himself here as a tattooed winged boxer in a scene that combines popular imagery with religious iconography. Sandoval said of this work, “My print Angel Baby is about the concerns I have regarding the state of well being. There is plenty to pull from; violence, AIDS, war, and discrimination of all kinds. We as individuals must begin to change our thoughts within our hearts and our souls. We must do this if we want to live in peace and harmony. Angel Baby is a guardian angel and he is here to help you accomplish this.”

Teddy Sandoval will be featured as part of the broader network of collaborators of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco in the exhibition, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987, organized by WCMA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (where it is currently on view). Asco: Elite of the Obscure is curated by Williams College Professor C. Ondine Chavoya and LACMA Curator Rita Gonzalez and will open at WCMA on February 4, 2012.

About Teddy Sandoval

Sandoval (American, 1949—1995) lived and worked in Los Angeles, California. He was the artist chiefly responsible for conceptualizing and creating the Butch Gardens School of Fine Art in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Butch Gardens became a gathering place for a community of gay artists in the early 1980s. Sandoval’s paintings, collages, and later ceramics involved a play with Mexican iconog­raphy and Latino popular culture inflected with camp and humor.

Sandoval received his Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, and Washington, DC.

 About World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day was first held in 1988 in order to increase awareness and education about the disease and through this understanding stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It is an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died. More than 33 million people now live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Every day more than 7,000 people contract HIV—nearly 300 every hour. The Williams College Museum of Art has been an annual supporter of this project since its inception.

The Williams College Museum of Art
The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Admission is FREE. For more information, contact the museum at (413) 597-2429 or visit wcma.williams.edu.