August 29–December 9, 2018
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz
Anastasia James, Curator
Featuring forty portraits by photographer and filmmaker Timothy-Greenfield Sanders (b. 1952 Miami Beach, FL), The Trans List explores the range of experienced lived by Americans who identify as transgender (an umbrella term for people whose gender identity does not conform to that typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth). Transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender-fluid, and non-binary are just a few of the multitude of self-identifiers in the trans community.
Through his portraiture, Greenfield-Sanders provides a platform to a diverse group of individuals to tell their stories of their experience with identity, family, career, love, struggle, and accomplishment.
The Trans List is part of a larger body of work titled, IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits which was conceived by Greenfield-Sanders to illuminate the breakthrough of marginalized communities. The series is comprised of 151 uniquely compelling large-format photographs of pioneers in five distinct-but-often-overlapping groups. Each installment (The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s List, The Out List, and The Trans List) calls attention to cultural progress as exemplified by the stories of its subjects, people who have overcome obstacles to achieve success in disparate walks of life.
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders was born in Miami Beach, Florida, 1952. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in Art History and a Master Degree in film from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Greenfield-Sanders has achieved critical acclaim for his intimate portraits of world leaders and major culture figures. His portraits are in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney Museum and National Portrait Gallery, and his feature documentary Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart was awarded a Grammy in 1999. Greenfield-Sanders has four books in print including his acclaimed XXX:30 Porn-Star Portraits. In 2006, his photographs from the war in Iraq were published and exhibited worldwide, and purchased by the United States Library of Congress. He lives and works in New York City.
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Laverne Cox, 2015, inkjet print, courtesy the artist
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Nicole Maines, 2015, inkjet print, courtesy the artist
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Shane Ortega, 2015, inkjet print, courtesy the artist
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Kylar Broadus, 2015, inkjet print, courtesy the artist
“Alive and Yelling: Trans Zines and Radical Subcultures” organized by SUNY New Paltz students in conversation with the exhibition. Programs include zine making workshops and zine readings
Screening and conversation with the artist, Upstate Films, Rhinebeck
Performance/Lecture by Kate Bornstein, SUNY New Paltz