Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects Opens August 13 at Henry Art Gallery

Posted on August 08, 2016, 3:38 pm
2 mins


Henry Art Gallery is about to premiere the second iteration of Trans History in 99 Objectsan ongoing series of exhibitions presented by MOTHA (the Museum of Trans History and Art). MOTHA’s executive director, Chris E. Vargas, has curated this collection of archival materials and artworks that speak to the history of transgender communities. From The Henry:

The presentation at the Henry focuses on lives and experiences specific to Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest: individuals including Nell Pickerall (also known as Harry Allen and Harry Livingston [1882-1922]), and Marsha Botzer, transgender activist and founder of Ingersoll Gender Center (1977); and places such as The Garden of Allah, a social gathering space popular in the years after World War II known for its female impersonator cabaret acts. By bringing together these materials, 99 Objects reclaims the history of gender variance and draws lines of kinship across time, while simultaneously pointing to the incomplete nature of this history, including the stories that we will never know because they have not been preserved or never existed but should have. […]

By design, MOTHA is always “under construction,” a framework that openly questions how a history of transgender individuals, communities, and culture might be organized, and also the relevance of constructing a history around an identity category that is evolving and often contested.

Participating Artists are: Ria Brodell, micha cárdenas, Rhys Ernst, Darius Morrison, The Transfused, Lorenzo Triburgo, Jono Vaughan, and Storme Webber.

The show will run from August 13 through June 4, 2017 at Henry Art Gallery.

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects

When: August 13, 2016 through June 4, 2017

Where: Henry Art Gallery (4100 15th Ave NE)

Molly Laich is a writer and media fan. You can find her at and and on twitter @MollyL