Policing Gender in "Transhirstory in 99 Objects" at the Henry Art Gallery, curated by Chris E. Vargas.

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

The Portland Biennial at Disjecta, curated by Michelle Grabner

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. 

A selection from Policing Gender is on view at Disjecta through September 18th, 2016.

A selection from Policing Gender is on view at Disjecta through September 18th, 2016.

 

 

 

Policing Gender, Columbia College Arcade Gallery

I am pleased for Policing Gender to be included in the show, He, She, They, Ze at the Columbia College Arcade Gallery. Curator Anna Rathman has put together a fierce line-up of artists - Jess Dugan, JJ Levine, Leon Mostovoy, Melissa H. Potter, Emmett Ramstad, Coco Riot, Tuesday Smillie -  for a show that's not to be missed. Opening Reception Tuesday, February 9th from 4-6pm.

Probing gender as both an individual bodily experience and the relationship between one body and a collection of bodies, the exhibition’s title—consisting of gender pronouns—simultaneously alludes to the widening pool of personal pronouns used by trans-identified and queer peoples that inspired the exhibition as well the process by which we learn to define ourselves and communicate our identities at a societal level, thereby rendering gender as both private and public, spectacle and invisible.