One of the best young adult novels I have read in awhile! Can’t.put.it.down.
For Transportraits, I have created a series of unlikely heroic portraits that examine representations of American masculinity, using transgendered men set against a created environment. Following the path of 19th century portrait and landscape artists such as John Singer Sargent and Alfred Jacob Miller, I simultaneously reference classic and contemporary photographic portraiture and consider the origination of American male identity.
For this project I created oil-painted landscapes using instructions from Bob Ross’, “The Joy of Painting.” The backdrop sets the stage for a series of portraits focusing on a population that is rarely celebrated in a laudable manner. The photographs represent my personal relationship to gender and photography, drawing a parallel between the (mis)perception of the ‘photographic record’ devoid of social construct and gender as an unchanging truth. In Transportraits I invite the viewer to question the construct of portraiture (and masculinity) while simultaneously depicting a sincere heroism.
First generation of transgender rabbis claims its place in the U.S. Jewish community: There are at least six transgender rabbis and rabbis-in-training across the United States and both the Reform and Reconstructionist movements have programs on transgender inclusion at synagogues and in seminaries.
The Forward is running spotlight pieces on each of the six. You can find them here.
This IS Jewish!