Organized by Visiting Artistic Director Libby Werbel in collaboration with Sara Krajewski the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
BETWEEN. highlights artists working within the queer and trans diaspora, and the unique voices coming from between or beyond the binary. This exhibition aims to queer the curatorial process, taking into account current visibility politics and presenting the work of LGBTQIA2S+ artists in ways that challenge normative art world conventions. Chris E. Vargas and The Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) present the fourth installment of his ongoing project Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects: Transvideo Store, a selection of contemporary short art films made by trans (or trans-adjacent) artists to examine a variety of ways trans stories and experiences have been represented on screen, both from outside and within their community. Accompanying these media works will be an exhibition of work by visual artists—selected through a dialogue-based, research-and-sourcing process that touched a wide network of queer artists and writers—with the intention to broaden curatorial authorship and directly serve the community whose historically significant cultural contributions have driven the arts and shaped contemporary thought. The exhibiting artists explore narratives of identity, ranging from personal observation and portraiture to performative spaces of transformation and fantasy. BETWEEN. aims to foreground narratives that exist within, around, under and/or in opposition to the patriarchal hierarchy present in art institutions.
Featuring artwork from Vaginal Davis, MOTHA, Zanele Muholi, Christina Quarles, Jordan Reznick, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Vivek Shraya.
Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects: Transvideo Store featuring films by: Malic Amalya, eduardo restrepo castaño, Erica Cho, Cary Cronenwett, Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst, Xena Ellison, Reina Gossett, Josef Kraska, Sierra Tucker
This exhibition is part of We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments., a series of five exhibitions developed in partnership with regional artists that will activate the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Portland Art Museum with visual art, performance, screenings, and discussions. Organized by visiting artistic director Libby Werbel, the programming invites a range of artistic voices to ask questions about how the Museum can become more artist-centered and inclusive in its practices. Each exhibit invites audiences think critically about how museums have traditionally granted access to art and knowledge, and what the future of this institutional model could look like.
We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments is funded in part by the Miller Meigs Endowment for Contemporary Art and the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art and the Artist & Participatory Programs fund of the Education Department. Public programs in the series are presented in partnership with c3:initiative.