“When I came out as transgender in 2013, I realized that the women around me were either terrified or ashamed.
I had never been in a space where I felt like I belonged.
That’s when I decided to build a space to welcome trans women of color.”
The space, called “Transforming the Way,” was designed to be an inclusive space, but also to offer a way for people to “transform” themselves and their community through art.
A new gallery space opened in April at the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, showcasing an eclectic collection of works of art by a variety of people, including trans artists and activists.
The show, titled “Transfiguring the Way: A Collection of Transhumanist and Transwoman Artworks,” was curated by Dr. Gabor Maté and features work by such luminaries as Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Dadaist artist Lillian Gish, and author and activist Sylvia Rivera.
Dr. Maté’s artworks are primarily designed to explore themes of identity, including gender, sexuality, and disability.
“We’re seeing more trans artists on the national stage, but they are mostly female,” said Dr. Keren Gorman, co-founder of the Center for the Arts and a trans artist.
“But what we’ve seen is a whole new generation of trans artists are stepping forward and doing their own work that is more inclusive.”
The gallery’s exhibit, titled Transfiguring The Way, was designed by Dr Gabor Mas, curator of the Museum’s Contemporary Arts Program.
The exhibition is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art until November 13.
Dr Mas said she had no preconceived ideas about the show’s themes, but wanted to give people a chance to “visit a different place” and experience “what it’s like to be trans.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to have seen some incredible art by trans women and I’m looking forward to seeing how other artists will engage with the themes of transness and trans women in the future,” she said.
“Trans people are more likely to be targeted in our daily lives than we realize, and they are more at risk for violence than we think.
So it’s important to be able to show trans people that they’re not alone.”
The exhibit will be on view until November 10.
Dr Maté said the work she has commissioned has been very successful.
“There is a sense of pride in the trans community that people are willing to take risks and to be bold, and we can see that in the work that’s being commissioned,” she added.
Dr Gorman added that while trans artists have a lot to learn about their craft, it’s critical to remember that “we are the new normal.”
“We have the ability to be the best that we can be and we have the capacity to be brave, and that’s really important,” she told The Huffington Post.
“It is not about what a woman is or what a man is, it is about what we can do.”