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Butch Gardens

1971 1980
3037 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Inspiration for "The Butch Gardens School of Fine Art," an imaginary gay bar and performance space conjured by Teddy Sandoval, an artist whose own work encompassed performance, mail art, and ceramics.

Richard T. Rodriguez describes the actual Butch Gardens as a place where “mostly gay and lesbian cholos and cholas congregated,” including such artists as Jack Vargas and Gronk (Glugio Nicandro).

Butch Gardens on Sunset in Silver Lake was one of the first gay bars visited by political candidates, including Vince Bugliosi, Burt Pines, and even Paul Lamport, who were driven from office by L.A.’s gay vote.

Attr — The Gay Guide '71; Bob Damron '74-75; Benavidez, Max and Steve La Ponsie, Gronk, pp. 52; "A Maricón Beauty," Artforum.