On view: Gallery of Illustrious Queers James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center 100 Larkin Street San Francisco, Calif.
Opening reception: October 22 Exhibition dates: October 22, 2019 – January 16, 2020 More info /index.php?pg=1040003801
Gallery of Illustrious Queers pictures the breadth of trans people’s embodiments and life experiences. The title of the project references Mathew Brady’s nineteenth century “Gallery of Illustrious Americans” that made the act of sitting for one’s portrait a moral act of nation-building for white Americans. As a counter-archive, these portraits intervene in the normalizing power of typical cultural icons. Impudent gazes command the respect due to gender outlaws. Gentle gestures invite us to sense the fragility of human life. The large-scale prints made from medium format film amplify the tension between impudence and invitation. They both tower over the viewer and also offer every pore for careful consideration. My hope is that they present the dignity of trans experience without sacrificing the strangeness and ordinariness that characterizes each of us.