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CONSTRUCTION OF IDENTITY THROUGH APPEARANCE

Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today is the country’s first survey of contemporary North American artwork that explores the many outward appearances of gender identity. This groundbreaking exhibition broadens the canon of art history by showcasing artists and their subjects—often underrepresented individuals committed to expressing their authentic selves.

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, a catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ movement, Transamerica/n celebrates transformative, transcendent, and trans-historical artwork that embraces the spectrum of gender expression across visual mediums. The exhibition proudly reflects San Antonio’s culturally diverse landscape by featuring commissioned artworks by Latinx artists from this community.

Transamerica/n is an inclusive experience and, accordingly, signals the McNay as a welcoming and safe space for everyone. Visitors are encouraged to find artworks throughout the Museum whose stories mirror their own. This presentation and its related programs promote open dialogue about gender, identity, appearance, community, and love—topics that reflect society’s universal truths and shared vulnerabilities. Art museums can bridge their communities. Transamerica/n helps the McNay do that better.

Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today is organized by the McNay Art Museum, conceived by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs; and organized with Jackie Edwards, Assistant Curator; Bianca Alvarez, 2017-2018 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies; and Lauren Thompson, 2018-2019 Semmes Foundation Intern in Museum Studies.

Lead funding is most generously provided by the Ford Foundation. Major funding is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

Additional support is provided by Metropolitan Methodist Hospital,“Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality;” and the Host Committee, chaired by Dr. Carlos E. Alvarez-Meraz.

GALLERY

How lovly is me being as I am

Jacolby Satterwhite, How lovly is me being as I am, 2014. Neon. Courtesy of the artist and Morán Morán, Los Angeles. © Jacolby Satterwhite

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Dedicated to La Duquesa de Alba/Black Alba

Yasumasa Morimura, Dedicated to La Duquesa de Alba/Black Alba, 2004. Chromogenic print mounted on canvas. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum. © 2019 Yasumasa Morimura

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Totem for Light I (Carlos)

Carlos Betancourt, Totem for Light I (Carlos), 2009. Digital print. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from Barbara and Harvey Goldstein. © 2019 Carlos Betancourt

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Poem Dress for a Hermaphrodite

Lesley Dill, Poem Dress for a Hermaphrodite, 1995. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and Nohra Haime Gallery, New York. © 2019 Lesley Dill

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Switch 1

JJ Levine, Switch 1, 2009. C-prints. Courtesy of the artist. © 2019 JJ Levine

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The Silent Woman

Lezley Saar, The Silent Woman, 2015. Acrylic on fabric on panel. Courtesy of the artist and Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles. Photograph by August Augustsson. © 2019 Lezley Saar

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Robert

James Gobel, Robert, 2007. Felt, yarn, thread, and acrylic on canvas. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum. © 2019 James Gobel

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Double Double Yentl (My Elvis)

Deborah Kass, Double Double Yentl (My Elvis), 1993. Silkscreen and acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist. © 2019 Deborah Kass / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Anxiety, My Love!

Roey Victoria Heiftez, Anxiety, My Love!, 2018. Graphite, charcoal, and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist and Israeli Art in Los Angeles. © 2019 Roey Victoria Heiftez

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this is how we (you) do it
Zoe Avery Nelson (They/them)
this is how we (you) do it   2019
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and The Rubber Factory, New York
The Measure of a Boy
Zoe Avery Nelson (They/them)
The Measure of a Boy   2019
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and The Rubber Factory, New York
I Dance
Zoe Avery Nelson (They/them)
I Dance   2019
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and The Rubber Factory, New York
Elegy for Z
Zoe Avery Nelson (They/them)
Elegy for Z   2019
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and The Rubber Factory, New York
Counterpoint
Zoe Avery Nelson (They/them)
Counterpoint   2019
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and The Rubber Factory, New York
Backed Up
Zoe Avery Nelson (They/them)
Backed Up   2019
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and The Rubber Factory, New York
Avery
Zoe Avery Nelson (They/them)
Avery   2019
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and The Rubber Factory, New York
132 BPM
Zoe Avery Nelson (They/them)
132 BPM   2019 
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and The Rubber Factory, New York
Replenishing Alchemy
Leslie Martinez (They/them)
Replenishing Alchemy   2019
Cotton hospital bed sheets, canvas drop cloth, aluminum foil, gold paper, polyester thread, thumb tacks, washers, latex paint, tempera paint
Courtesy of the artist and ex ovo
Replenishing Alchemy (Detail)
Leslie Martinez (They/them)
Replenishing Alchemy   2019
Cotton hospital bed sheets, canvas drop cloth, aluminum foil, gold paper, polyester thread, thumb tacks, washers, latex paint, tempera paint
Courtesy of the artist and ex ovo
Splayed in the Shadow
Leslie Martinez (They/them)
Splayed in the Shadow   2018
Canvas, wood, paper, rubber, vinyl, plaster, acrylic, oil, iron oxide, steel, cotton webbing, D rings, Chicago screws, thread, carabiners
Courtesy of the artist and ex ovo
Splayed in the Shadow (Detail)
Leslie Martinez (They/them)
Splayed in the Shadow   2018 (Detail)
Canvas, wood, paper, rubber, vinyl, plaster, acrylic, oil, iron oxide, steel, cotton webbing, D rings, Chicago screws, thread, carabiners
Courtesy of the artist and ex ovo
Stealth Bomber
Leslie Martinez (They/them)
Stealth Bomber   2017
Plaster dipped canvas, ink, glitter, reflective trail marking tacks, Chicago screws
Courtesy of the artist and ex ovo
Hole at the Top of the Sky
Leslie Martinez (They/them)
Hole at the Top of the Sky   2017
Cast iron, rubber, and Chicago screws
Courtesy of the artist and ex ovo
State of Emergence
Leslie Martinez (They/them)
State of Emergence   2017
Acrylic, sumi ink, sand, paper pulp, glitter and oil on canvas diptych
Courtesy of the artist and ex ovo
Fear of Clearing Fog
Leslie Martinez (They/them)
Fear of Clearing Fog   2017
Paper pulp, flashe paint, tempera paint, canvas strips, latex paint, shredded paper, Chicago screw on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and ex ovo
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM
Jordan Eagles (He/him)
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM   2018
Blood of a transgender, pansexual, active service member; paper
Courtesy of the artist
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM
Jordan Eagles (He/him)
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM   2018
Blood of a transgender, pansexual, active service member; paper
Courtesy of the artist
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM
Jordan Eagles (He/him)
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM    2018
Blood of a transgender, pansexual, active service member; paper
Courtesy of the artist
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM
Jordan Eagles (He/him)
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM   2018
Blood of a transgender, pansexual, active service member; paper
Courtesy of the artist
OUR BLOOD CAN SAVE THEM
Jordan Eagles (He/him)
Untitled   2018
Original 1943 WWII poster, blood bag, residual blood, preserved in resin
Courtesy of the artist
me long you love time DRAFT VERSION
Ching-In Chen (They/them)
me long you love time DRAFT VERSION from Underbelly   2018
Courtesy of the artist
me long you love time FINAL VERSION
Ching-In Chen (They/them)
me long you love time FINAL VERSION   2018
Commissioned by Lawndale Art Center
Courtesy of the artist
me long you love time FINAL VERSION 2
Ching-In Chen (They/them)
me long you love time FINAL VERSION 2   2018
Commissioned by Lawndale Art Center
Courtesy of the artist
yêu em dài lâu
Antonius-Tín Bui (They/them)
u em dài lâu at Lawndale Art Center   2018
Hand-cut paper
Courtesy of the artist
yêu em dài lâu
Antonius-Tín Bui (They/them)
u em dài lâu at Lawndale Art Center   2018
Hand-cut paper
Courtesy of the artist
yêu em dài lâu
Antonius-Tín Bui (They/them)
u em dài lâu at Lawndale Art Center   2018
Hand-cut paper
Courtesy of the artist
yêu em dài lâu
Antonius-Tín Bui (They/them)
u em dài lâu at Lawndale Art Center   2018
Hand-cut paper
Courtesy of the artist
yêu em dài lâu
Antonius-Tín Bui (They/them)
u em dài lâu at Lawndale Art Center   2018
Hand-cut paper
Courtesy of the artist
yêu em dài lâu
Antonius-Tín Bui (They/them)
u em dài lâu at Lawndale Art Center   2018
Hand-cut paper
Courtesy of the artist
yêu em dài lâu
Antonius-Tín Bui (They/them)
u em dài lâu at Lawndale Art Center   2018
Hand-cut paper
Courtesy of the artist
yêu em dài lâu
Antonius-Tín Bui (They/them)
u em dài lâu at Lawndale Art Center   2018
Hand-cut paper
Courtesy of the artist

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