Queering the Muse

Identity and Desire in the Photography of Lissa Rivera

February 11– April 16

Queering the Muse features the work of contemporary photographer, Lissa Rivera, and her genderqueer romantic partner, B.J. Lillis, who serves as her collaborator and creative muse. Drawing from a vast array of sources, from ancient art to surrealism, and from classic Hollywood film to independent cinema, Rivera pictures Lillis in a variety of different settings and costumes rich with historical reference. Through her photographs, she brings visibility to an overlooked subject—the genderqueer body—in order to challenge the gender binary and to complicate how we define and understand beauty.

This exhibition is curated by senior art history majors Ellery Coleman, Emma Latham, Bethany Petrunak, Peter Philips, Frances Taylor, and Ellie Werner under the direction of Elizbeth Lee.



The Trout Gallery plans to host a public reception for the artist and the student curators on the evening of February 11. Details regarding this event—access to timed ticketing, mask and vaccination requirements, etc.—will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. Due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic and its impact on the Dickinson-Carlisle community, the date and exact nature of the reception is subject to change up to the day of the event. Please follow updates on this page for the most current inforation.

(Updated: January 19, 2022)