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Androgyne by Patrick MauriesIn January 2011, Jean Paul Gaultier's haute couture runway show ended with the image of a willowy blonde bride in a diaphanous gown. The bride was a man, and one of the first models to walk for both men's and women's collections. The event marked the start of a trend. "This ad is gender neutral," proclaimed a 2016 poster for the fashion brand Diesel; "I resist definitions," announced a Calvin Klein ad in the same year, while a Louis Vuitton shoot featured Jaden Smith wearing a skirt.The art of Edward Burne-Jones and Gustave Moreau, the writings of Oscar Wilde, and the mystic Josephin Peladan prove that the turn of the previous century was as compelled by androgyny as this one. Patrick Mauries presents a cultural history of androgyny--accompanied by a striking selection of more than 120 images, from nineteenth-century painting to contemporary fashion photography--drawing on the worlds of art and literature to give us a deeper understanding of the strange but timeless human drive to escape from defined categories.
Call Number: Folio NX650.G44 M38 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Body Alchemy by Loren CameronBody Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits is a unique and extraordinary photographic collection by artist Loren Cameron. Body Alchemy is Loren Cameron's intensely personal photo documentary of female-to-male transsexuals (FTMs). A transsexual himself, Cameron brings a sensitive, sophisticated insider's eye to his subject matter. Using documentary style, a series of before-and-after photographs documenting the transformation of a number of FTMs in Cameron's transsexual community, his own striking self-portraits, and intimate autobiographical text, Loren invites the viewer to experience this transformational rite of passage. Loren Cameron's work strikes a warm, familiar tone that invites the viewer's participation - even when the subject matter is quite startling.
Call Number: HQ77.95.U6 C36 1996
Publication Date: 1996
Every Breath We Drew by Jess T. DuganJess T. Dugan has created intimate portraits that engage with issues of identity, sexuality, gender, and community. Every Breath We Drew works within the framework of queer experience and actively constructed masculinity. These portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity and the search for intimate connection with others.
Call Number: Folio TR647.D853 A4 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Gender and the Body in Greek and Roman Sculpture by R. J. BarrowThis book offers incisive analysis of selected works of ancient art through a critical use of cutting-edge theory from gender studies, body studies, art history and other related fields. The book raises important questions about ancient sculpture and the contrasting responses that the individual works can be shown to evoke. Rosemary Barrow gives close attention to both original context and modern experience, while directly addressing the question of continuity in gender and body issues from antiquity to the early modern period through a discussion of the sculpture of Bernini. Accessible and fully illustrated, her book features new translations of ancient sources and a glossary of Greek and Latin terms. It will be an invaluable resource and focus for debate for a wide range of readers interested in ancient art, gender and sexuality in antiquity, and art history and gender and body studies more broadly.
Call Number: NB1952.G46 B37 2018
Publication Date: 2018
The Gender Frontier by Mariette Pathy AllenMariette Pathy Allen documents the lives of extraordinary individuals, their partners, families and friends. Through photographs and short texts, the reader is offered an intimate connection to the book’s subjects and -insight into how their own lives are affected by gender. As Allen says: "Trans-gendered people offer the rest of us a potentially exhilarating -vision of fluidity, freed from traditional roles or definitions. They make vivid the questions: What is the essence of humanness beyond masculinity or femininity?"
Call Number: HQ77.95.U6 A38 2003
Publication Date: 2003
In a Queer Time and Place by J. Jack HalberstamIn her first book since the critically acclaimed Female Masculinity, Judith Halberstam examines the significance of the transgender body in a provocative collection of essays on queer time and space. She presents a series of case studies focused on the meanings of masculinity in its dominant and alternative forms’ especially female and trans-masculinities as they exist within subcultures, and are appropriated within mainstream culture.
Call Number: HQ75.5 .H335 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Indigenous Woman by Martine Gutierrez"This is not a magazine about fashion, lifestyle, or celebrity. Indigenous Woman is an independent art publication dedicated to the celebration of Mayan Indian heritage, the navigation of contemporary indigeneity, and the ever-evolving self-image. It is a vision, an overture, a provocation. The word "indigenous" here is used to refer to native cultures from a particular region, but also as a synonym for the natural and innate. It signifies a real, authentic, native-born woman. There was a time when I believed there was no such title for me to claim. I was driven to question how identity is formed, expressed, valued, and weighed as a woman, as a transwoman, as a latinx woman, as a woman of indigenous descent, as a femme artist and maker? It is nearly impossible to arrive at any finite answers, but for me, this process of exploration is exquisitely life-affirming. ... Indigenous Woman marries the traditional to the contemporary, the native to the post-colonial, and the marginalized to the mainstream in the pursuit of genuine selfhood, revealing cultural inequities along the way. This is a quest for identity. Of my own specifically, yes, but by digging my pretty, painted nails deeply into the dirt of my own image I am also probing the depths for some understanding of identity as a social construction"--Artist's statement
Call Number: XFolio TR681.W6 G88 2018
Publication Date: 2018
Kiss My Genders by Amrou Al-Kadhi; Renate Lorenz; Manuel Segade; Jack Halberstam; Travis Alabanza"Kiss My Genders celebrates more than 30 international artists whose work explores and challenges traditional gender categories. The book features works from the late 1960s through to the present, and focuses on artists who draw on their own experiences to create works that challenge accepted or stable definitions of gender. Working across painting, installations, sculpture, text, photography and film, many of these artists treat the body as a sculpture, and in doing so open up new possibilities for gender, beauty and representations of the human form. The publication includes texts from writers, theorists, curators, poets and artists who have made key contributions to thinking in the field. From pop culture and gender dissidence to the embrace of the 'monstrous' or 'freaky', from the politics of pose to transfeminism and politics on the street, each of these writers throws light on a different way of seeing."--Provided by publisher.
Poetic Operations by micha cárdenas"Artist and theorist micha cárdenas considers contemporary digital media, artwork, and poetry in order to articulate trans of color strategies of safety and survival."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: NX652.T73 C373 2022 E-Book
Publication Date: 2021
Queer and Trans Artists of Color by Nia King; Terra Mikalson; Jessica Glennon-ZukoffA collection of sixteen unique and honest conversations you won't read anywhere else... Mixed-race queer art activist Nia King left a full-time job in an effort to center her life around making art. Grappling with questions of purpose, survival, and compromise, she started a podcast called We Want the Airwaves in order to pick the brains of fellow queer and trans artists of color about their work, their lives, and "making it"--both in terms of success and in terms of survival. In this collection of interviews, Nia discusses fat burlesque with Magnoliah Black, queer fashion with Kiam Marcelo Junio, interning at Playboy with Janet Mock, dating gay Latino Republicans with Julio Salgado, intellectual hazing with Kortney Ryan Ziegler, gay gentrification with Van Binfa, getting a book deal with Virgie Tovar, the politics of black drag with Micia Mosely, evading deportation with Yosimar Reyes, weird science with Ryka Aoki, gay public sex in Africa with Nick Mwaluko, thin privilege with Fabian Romero, the tyranny of "self-care" with Lovemme Corazón, "selling out" with Miss Persia and Daddie$ Pla$tik, the self-employed art activist hustle with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha, and much, much more. Welcome to the future of QPOC art activism.
Call Number: NX652.G38 Q44 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Queer Communion by Amelia Jones; Andy CampbellRon Athey is one of the most important, prolific, and influential performance artists of the past four decades. A singular example of lived creativity, his radical performances are odds with the art worlds and art marketplaces that have increasingly dominated contemporary art and performance art over the period of his career.Queer Communion, an exploration of Athey's career, refuses the linear narratives of art discourse and instead pays homage to the intensities of each mode of Athey's performative practice and each community he engages. Emphasizing the ephemeral and largely uncollectible nature of his work, the book places Athey's own writing at its center, turning to memoir, memory recall, and other modes of retrieval and narration to archive his performances.
Call Number: N6797.A84 Q44 2020
Publication Date: 2020
Relationship by Zackary Drucker; Rhys ErnstDocumenting a six-year relationship with photos, video stills, letters and ephemera, this book is a stunning, intimate, and wholly original visual narrative by two rising artists who “put[s] queer consciousness on the front burner.”
Call Number: TR681.A7 R465 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Reynaldo Rivera by Reynaldo Rivera; Hedi El Kholti; Lauren MacklerThroughout the 1980s and 1990s, Reynaldo Rivera took personal photos of the Los Angeles that he lived in and knew: a world of cheap rent, house parties, subversive fashion, underground bands, and a handful of Latino gay and transvestite bars: Mugi's, The Silverlake Lounge, and La Plaza. Most of these bars are long closed and many of the performers have died. But in Rivera's photographs, these men and women live on in a silvery landscape of makeshift old-style cinematic glamour, a fabulous flight from unacceptable reality.
Call Number: Folio TR655 .R58 2020
Publication Date: 2020
Selfie Aesthetics by Nicole Erin Morse"In Selfie Aesthetics, Nicole Erin Morse argues that selfies, and selfies by trans feminine creators specifically, interpellate viewers in politically committed encounters. Morse's close readings of individual selfies uncover complex formal strategies that belie the sense that these are artless or disposable media. Rather than narcissistic or frivolous, selfie creators are artists in political networks who present improvisational identities and new modes of performative resistance. Focusing on four formal strategies-doubling, seriality, collaborative improvisation, and nonlinear temporalities-Selfie Aesthetics shows not only the art of the polysemic form, but also the materialities of trans life that selfies convey. Tracing these strategies in selfies and self-representational art by artists including Zackary Drucker, Vivek Shraya, Tourmaline, Alok Vaid-Menon, Zinnia Jones, and Natalie Wynn, Selfie Aesthetics demonstrates the aesthetic depth and political utility of selfie creation, distribution, and reception. Contributing to trans feminist political analysis, Selfie Aesthetics shows how digital self-representational art can nuance key insights of queer theory, expand our understanding of self-representation, and construct collective and collaborative modes of being"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: TR575 .M59 2022 E-Book
Publication Date: 2022
Shimmering Images by Eliza SteinbockEliza Steinbock traces how cinema offers alternative ways to understand gender transitions through a specific aesthetics of change, thereby opening up new means to understand transgender ontologies and epistemologies.
Call Number: E-Book PN1995.9.S47 S47 2019eb
Publication Date: 2019
Trans Exploits by Jian Neo ChenExplores the cultural practices created by trans and gender-nonconforming artists and activists of color. They argue for a radical rethinking of the policies and technologies of racial gendering and assimilative social programming that have divided LGBT communities and communities of color along the lines of gender, sexuality, class, immigration status, and ability. Focusing on performance, film/video, literature, digital media, and other forms of cultural expression and activism that track the displaced emergences of trans people of color, Chen highlights the complex and varied responses by trans communities to their social dispossession. Through these responses, trans of color cultural workers such as performance artist Yozmit, writer Janet Mock, and organizer Jennicet Gutiérrez challenge dominating perceptions and institutions that kill, confine, police, and discipline trans people.
Call Number: HQ77.9 .C44 2019
Publication Date: 2019
Trap Door by Reina Gossett; Eric A. Stanley; Johanna BurtonThe increasing representation of trans identity throughout art and popular culture in recent years has been nothing if not paradoxical. Trans visibility is touted as a sign of a liberal society, but it has coincided with a political moment marked both by heightened violence against trans people (especially trans women of color) and by the suppression of trans rights under civil law. 'Trap Door' grapples with these contradictions.
We Are Here: visionaries of color transforming the art world by Jasmin HernandezSummary: Curated by Jasmin Hernandez, the dynamic founder of Gallery Gurls, We Are Here presents the bold and nuanced work of Black and Brown visionaries transforming the art world, with a particular focus on queer, trans and nonbinary artists. This collection features fifty of the most influential voices in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. Striking photography of art, creative spaces, materials, and the subjects themselves is paired with intimate interviews that engage with each artist and influencer, delving into their creative process and unpacking how each subject actively works to create a more radically inclusive world across the entire art ecosystem.
Call Number: N6490 .H4645 2021
Publication Date: 2021
Wu Tsang: Not in My Language by Jansen et. al.Not in My Language is a new monograph on the oeuvre of Los Angeles-based filmmaker and performer artist Wu Tsang (born 1982). In his multifaceted work, Tsang deals primarily with queer and transgender issues as well as with the immigrant milieu in Los Angeles.
Call Number: N6537.T73 A4 2015
Publication Date: 2016
Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases 2006-2014 by Zanele MuholiIn Faces and Phases, Zanele Muholi embarks on a journey of "visual activism" to ensure black queer and transgender visibility. Despite South Africa's progressive Constitution and 20 years of democracy, black lesbians and transgender men remain the targets of brutal hate crimes and so-called corrective rapes. Taken over the past eight years, the more than 250 portraits in this book, accompanied by moving testimonies, present a compelling statement about the lives and struggles of these individuals. They also comprise an unprecedented and invaluable archive: marking, mapping and preserving an often invisible community for posterity.