They’re, Their, There

Initially a pejorative term, “queer” was reclaimed amidst the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s as a positive self-identifier for a culture and demographic that rejects heteronormative and binary definitions of gender and sexuality. Although queer culture has become more mainstream in the public eye, including the legalization of gay marriage and the growing usage of multiple pronouns, there is still a cultural ambivalence surrounding queer and non-binary identities. They’re, Their, There explores visual representations and performances of queerness through a variety of media that have historically served as a platform for the queer and non-binary community, including zines, prints, photographs, and sculpture.

The works in this exhibition illustrate various means of expression through which queer individuals combat stigmatization and assert empowered identities. This exhibition does not claim to assert a comprehensive grasp of queer performance, but to present artwork and ephemera that explore a range of individual experiences, including the first issue of VELOUR: The Drag Magazine, co-founded by Brooklyn drag legend Sasha Velour and her partner Johnny Velour; Aysen Gerlach’s Just Lookin’ zine series; and photographer Jess T. Dugan’s To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults, a collaboration with social worker Vanessa Fabbre.

This exhibition is the capstone project for Rachel Rosenfeld ’18, the 2017-18 Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Endowed Intern. The internship is a yearlong opportunity to introduce a student to post-graduate life by providing academic and practical experience in one or more areas of the Tang over the course of his or her senior year. Rosenfeld spent the fall working in the Engagement Department and the spring and summer working in the Curatorial department.
Exhibition Name
They’re, Their, There
Exhibition Type
Student Curated
Group Exhibitions
Winter Gallery
Jul 28, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
They’re, Their, There is curated by Rachel Rosenfeld ’18, the 2017-18 Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Endowed Intern.
Richard Avedon, Nayland Blake, Jess T. Dugan, A Gerlach, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Jack Pierson, Ken Regan, Hunter Reynolds, Arthur Tress, Sasha and Johnny Velour, Jack Welpott, Joel Peter Witkin
Student Staff
Rachel Rosenfeld
2017-18 Eleanor Linder Winter Endowed Intern, Student Advisory Council, Education Assistant for College and Public Programs
Past related events
Pattern by Jonnea Herman ’18
Inspired by the annual February Tang <3 Students Event
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.