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A Tribute to Loren Rex Cameron (NYC and Virtual)
In-person and online
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, 26 Wooster St, New York NY 10013
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Loren Rex Cameron, August 28, 1959 – November 18, 2022, was a pathmaking photographer, author and transgender activist. His work is credited by many for its influence in bringing attention to the social and embodied realities of transsexual people, including portraits and self-portraits along with the personal transition stories of those he photographed, particularly with his book Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits (Cleis Press, 1996). Cameron was a pivotal organizer in the FTM community in the San Francisco Bay Area and designed the banner the FTM group and allies first marched with at a 1994 Pride march. Later in his life, he was more solitary. Still, his impact on the transgender community cannot be understated. Most recently a growing interest in his work has further illustrated the importance of his contributions to the LGBTQIA+ community. Selections of his work in On Our Backs magazine, and from his first exhibition Our Vision, Our Voices: Transsexual Portraits and Nudes is on view at Leslie-Lohman inside Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s. His entire collection of books and private papers are archived at Cornell University in the Kroch Library.
On Saturday, July 15, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art will host the second in-person and online follow-up tribute event dedicated to the late artist in which artists and scholars will pay homage to the personal impacts of his life and art. The event will be hybrid so that members of the NYC LGBTQIA+ community and beyond can participate. Speakers for this event include Tobaron Waxman, Texas Isaiah, Ben Singer, Kate Bornstein, David Harrison, Kris Grey, and Anaïs Duplan.
Tobaron Waxman is a visual artist and curator who sings. Waxman composes performances for photographs, video, and site-specific installations, and is also a trained vocalist in Jewish liturgical music. Through a trans, Jewish, disability lens, their projects grapple with migrancy and houselessness, nation and the state, and issues of border and embodiment, such as gender and racial passing. Waxman also produces curatorial projects internationally, including The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency, a combined curatorial, relational/live art, and sociopolitical praxis. Since 2017, Tobaron has developed the Trans Collections at The ArQuives in Toronto.
Texas Isaiah (He/They) has two first names and is an award-winning first-generation visual narrator born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He is an autodidact with a giant appetite for traveling, so his process and work aren’t tethered to one geographical location.
Ben Singer (he/him) is an early activist for trans rights who helped build a trans health movement by and for trans folks in the early 1990s. In the early 2000s, he co-founded and directed the first federally funded peer-to-peer transgender health harm reduction program in Philadelphia. That program became a model for other initiatives across the country.
Kate Bornstein is an author, actor, and performance artist. She has been touring her solo shows around the world for over thirty years, has appeared on Broadway, and on NBC’s The Blacklist. She’s well known for her pioneering books on nonbinary gender, Gender Outlaw, and My New Gender Workbook, as well as her life-saving book Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws.
David Harrison (he/him) – actor & writer – has been creating original touring work for many years. He can also be seen in his recurring guest star role as Ivan Stepanov on Season 8 of The Blacklist.
Kris Grey (they/she/he) is a New York City based gender-queer artist whose cultural work includes curatorial projects, performance, writing, and studio production.
Anaïs Duplan (he/they) is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of the book I NEED MUSIC; Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture; Take This Stallion; and the chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs fellow at the MoMA and the Studio Museum in Harlem, and in 2021 received a Marian Goodman fellowship from Independent Curators International for his research on Black experimental documentary. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. He is the recipient of the 2021 QUEER|ART|PRIZE for Recent Work, and a 2022 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. Duplan is a professor of postcolonial literature at Bennington College, and has taught poetry at The New School, Columbia University, and Sarah Lawrence College, and others.
On Sunday, July 9 , SF Camerawork, in collaboration with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, will host an in-person and online tribute event dedicated to the late artist in which close community members, including Susan Stryker, Paula Ky Santos, Jamison Green, and Percy Wise, will pay homage to his life and art. The event will be hybrid so that members of the Bay Area LGBTQIA+ community and beyond can participate. Please find more details for the hybrid event here.
Event Entry: Free