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A Celebration of Queer, Nonbinary, and Trans Voices at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


Queer, Nonbinary, Trans Narratives at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

In the heart of Boston's cultural landscape, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is set to host an event titled "Beyond the Lens: Queer, Nonbinary, and Trans Liberation, Resistance, and Community." This event is not only a celebration of the museum's summer exhibition but also a powerful dialogue featuring influential artists who use their craft to amplify marginalized voices and narratives.


Scheduled for June 13, 2024, the event will feature a panel discussion with renowned photographers Mark Seliger, Olivia Slaughter, Jaypix Belmer, Ally Schmaling, and Hakeem Adewumi. These artists have made significant contributions to portraying the lives and struggles of queer, nonbinary, and trans individuals in both New York and Boston.


Queer, Nonbinary, Trans Narratives at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The conversation, moderated by Giselle Byrd, the Executive Director of The Theater Offensive, promises to delve into the personal and artistic journeys of the photographers. It aims to shed light on their creative processes, how they navigate the representation of their subjects, and the impact of their work on broader societal perceptions. The focus will be on authenticity, resisting fetishization, and the role of photography in fostering visibility and understanding.


Advanced tickets are required and include Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $13, free for members and children 17 and under.


Seating in Calderwood Hall is first come, first served. Seating begins 45 minutes before the event. Late seating is not guaranteed.


To request accessible or wheelchair seating please call the box office at 617 278 5156.


Phone: (617) 278-5156



For those unable to attend in person, the museum offers detailed accessibility information and encourages interested parties to reach out for special accommodations. This reflects the museum’s commitment to universal accessibility, ensuring that all attendees can enjoy the experience fully.


Queer, Nonbinary, Trans Narratives at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

This event is part of a larger exhibition that also includes "On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits by Mark Seliger" and "Portraits From Boston, With Love," both of which run through September 8, 2024. These exhibitions complement the panel discussion, offering visual narratives that echo the themes of liberation, resistance, and community.


For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, please visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's official website.


This is an opportunity not only to appreciate compelling Boston art but to engage in a vital conversation about diversity, inclusion, and the power of visual media to advocate for and celebrate underrepresented communities.




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