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Hollywood film to independent cinema, Rivera pictures Lillis in a variety of different settings and costumes rich with historical reference.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.

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