TRANSISTORS: FEB 21 - MARCH 22, 2019
ARTISTS ON VIEW:
Jacob Blank, Jared Brown , Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Cameron Clayborn, Andi Crist, Oscar Chavez, Darryl Terryl D’angelo, Ryan Edmund, Maryam Faridani, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Zachary Hutchinson, Elnaz Jivani, Betsy Johnson, Luan Joy Sherman , Diana Torres, A. Klass, Marina Labarthe del Solar, Marlo Koch, Jessie Mott, Marissa Neuman, Michelle Nordmeyer, Sheri Rush, Emilio Rojas, Amina Ross, Anna Showers-Cruser, Derrick Woods Morrow, Katie Vota and Caleb Yono.
Many thanks to Luan Joy Sherman and Andi Crist for their install & prep help during this project install.
Image Above: Trans in public, 2018 by A. Klass
MARCH 7 - 9 | 12 - 5PM | BY APPOINTMENT
MARCH 9 | 6 - 8PM | DROP IN!
Dubbed fondly “The Chart” after the plot device on The L Word, character Alice Pieszecki uses a graph to track the interconnected relationships of the lesbian community. It begins as a whiteboard, becomes an online network, & a NPR talk show within the show. Utilizing this mechanism, we seek to find our through lines to each other via queerness and art.
During a road trip this summer, Klass and Gentalen found themselves informally traveling the Chart through Instagram while driving from Chicago to Oakland. We saw the joy of what it meant to be seen by others in towns and cities across the country, through drive through windows and gas station pit stops.
On site at Ralph Arnold Gallery, Klass will be photographing queer artists and art-laborers while Gentalen will complete short interviews to be compiled for web & print. We consider this a very large umbrella & if you want to participate, we want to see you! We will also have a form online to accept submissions from queer artists + laborers from the United States & Internationally..
It is the goal of these projects to connect us to further collaborate together and make it possible for us to build opportunities & joy for our community, adjacent to the one we are required to exist within.
Do you want to be added to the Transistors list serv? It is an email network of queer artists and art-laborers in Chicago + beyond sharing opportunities, work, and inspiration with each other. (Like our very own, private, e-flux for organizing & sharing!)
Join by requesting access from firstname.lastname@example.org
MICRO STUDIO VISITS
MARCH 21 | 12 - 5PM | BY APPOINTMENT
SIGN UPS TO BE UPDATED SHORTLY!!!
Queer artists can begin more intimate, layered and meaningful conversations with other queer curators, as they can begin either past an inherent 101 understanding of queer culture and grow from a more nuanced place.
Queer artists and curators Ariel Gentalen and Amina Ross will be on site at Ralph Arnold Gallery doing micro student visits with artists in Chicago.
TRANS IN RESIDENCE
FRIDAYS WITH A. GENTALEN | 12 - 5PM
MARCH 7 - 9 WITH A. KLASS | 12 - 5PM
In recent years, trans visibility has “increased” within the pop culture conversation, transforming social platforms into advocacy soap boxes. The three editors of the recent publication Trap Door:Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, write:
“In today’s complex cultural landscape, trans people are offered many “doors”—entrances to visibility, to resources, to recognition, and to understanding. Yet…these doors are almost always also “traps”—accommodating trans bodies, histories, and culture only insofar as they can be forced to hew to hegemonic modalities. Yet, in addition to doors that are always already traps, there are trapdoors, those clever contraptions that are not entrances or exits but secret passageways that take you someplace else, often someplace as yet unknown.”
Working with trans artists, often means putting trans bodies on display but for who? This was Gentalen’s most sincere question when embarking on the thought project that became Transistors. To investigate “visibility” while also carving out time for their own creative trans-imaginative work, Gentalen will be on site reading, writing, and researching in the gallery space on Fridays through the exhibition’s run. They will also be building a website for The Chart project, to be undertaken with artist in residence A. Klass, building “T-Stor” a trans art and writing database, and growing a queer artist/laborers email listserv.
FREE & PUBLIC EVENTS: PLEASE JOIN US @ THE GALLERY
PRIVATE CONVERSATION: TRANS/MASC ROUNDTABLE
curated and moderated by: Ariel Gentalen & Luan Joy Sherman
As white trans individuals, Gentalen and Sherman actively interrogate questions of masculinity, misogyny, and white fragility within society and the white transgender community.
It is our goal to bring together a spectrum of fellow trans and queer individuals sitting at the intersection of trans/white/queer/non-binary/athlete/artist/activist/educator to discuss and critique the following:
> trans misogyny
> decolonizing non-binary narratives
> social media/social justice and cultural capital/competition
> tokenization/inherent violence within the community
> inheriting masculinity through "passing"/de-toxic masculinity: how? it's not just replacing it with femininity?
> whiteness & white trans masculinity
To insure the quality of conversation and tenderness of space is held for our personal experiences, this conversation will be private. However, we are recording it to be both transcribed, edited and made available in print, online and for listening.
Current guests include: composer Allie Steven, poet Eli Ryn Brown, theorist Adam J. Greteman, and artists Betsey Johnson and Jared Brown. More guests to be announced shortly.