I signed and sold the new Transportraits catalogue at the SVA MFA Photo and Related Media Book Signing and Fair! I also caught up with some old friends -- shout out to Rachel Papo and Kate Cunningham -- and met some new talented artists as well!
Curator's Statement- Where We Find Ourselves is an exhibition that explores the at-times unexpected ways in which queerness intersects with the quotidian and how queer individuals look to see ourselves reflected in the mirror of mainstream culture, often through inference and interpretation. The exhibition includes works in photography, painting, video, digital collage and mixed media, and presents a variety of cultural lenses through which one can see the manner in which queer identity is both formed and affirmed in everyday life and the common ground we all share in finding ourselves.
This exhibition includes work from Adrain Chesser & Steven Miller, Kelli Connell, Zackary Drucker & Amos Mac, Chitra Ganesh, Jamil Hellu, Ryan Wilson Kelly, Brice Peterson, Tuesday Smillie, Chad States, Lorenzo Triburgo and Jonathan Van Dyke.
I spent a week with the folks at Humboldt State University where I hosted an arts and activism workshop, attended the opening, gave an artist talk to a packed house, and inspired an impromptu queer dance party!
Transportraits will be exhibited at HSU's Third Street Gallery, directed by Jack Bentley, January 31-March 5th 2017.
They published a beautiful catalogue of the show with a forward by the brilliant queer studies/cultural critic Eliza Steinbock !
Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects runs August 13, 2016 -- June 04, 2017
Although I had been aware of and admired his work for some time, I first met Chris E. Vargas in the fall of 2014. I am a huge fan of his collaborative film/video projects - Falling in Love...with Chris and Greg (with Greg Youmans), Homotopia, and Criminal Queers (with Eric Stanley). Chris is also the Executive Director of the Museum of Transhirstory and Art (MOTHA) - a creatively brilliant and politically poignant model of critique -- and the curator of Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects.
The Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, or MOTHA, was founded in 2013, with the mission of bringing a cohesive visual history of transgender culture into existence....MOTHA also critically interrogates contemporary arts institutionalization and developments within museum practices, with an eye to the transgender artist’s relationship to them. MOTHA is an imaginary museum. While it is forever “under construction,” it takes the form of temporary autonomous events..."
The exhibition Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects gathers archival materials and works by contemporary artists that narrate the history of transgender communities. Selections from Policing Gender are included in the exhibition along with artworks by Ria Brodell, micha cárdenas, Rhys Ernst, Darius X, The Transfused, Jono Vaughan, and Storme Webber.
Henry Art Gallery is the art museum of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington located at 4100 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
A major survey of work by artists who are defining and advancing contemporary art practices, Portland2016 will include exhibitions, events and performances in multiple locations from July 9 through September 18, 2016. Disjecta’s 6,000-square-foot exhibition space in north Portland’s diverse Kenton neighborhood will be the central venue for Portland2016. And for the first time, Portland2016 will include venues across Oregon in addition to satellite locations in all five “quadrants” of Portland.
Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour of the dynamic collaborative art duo GarthandPierre graciously invited me to speak to their Western Washington University students during their epic trip to NYC! We met at The Center in Chelsea and had a lively discussion on the politics of representation. Thank you WWU MetroArts!