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Friends of Fenway Court Patron Preview

On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits by Mark Seliger; Portraits From Boston, With Love; and Hakeem Adewumi: Possession of a Recalcitrant Dream, 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
6:30 - 9 pm
All Special Exhibition Galleries

The Museum’s summer exhibition suite explores how portrait photographs by artists from Boston, New York City, and Texas reflect and refract multifaceted LGBTQIA+ experiences. Across three galleries, including the Façade, we illuminate how portrait photography is a powerful tool for LGBTQIA+ self-discovery, community-making, and affirmation of found family. Each artist presents us with their unique processes, which prioritize making space for their subjects and shaping stories—sometimes their own—through the camera’s lens. 


Remarks by Peggy Fogelman
Norma Jean Calderwood Director 

Curatorial insights from Adrienne Chaparro 
Curatorial Assistant for Exhibitions 

Special programming in Calderwood Hall 

Cocktails and light bites  


Space is limited.
Please reply by May 28 to or 617 264 6045 to reserve your place.
Valet parking is available for a fee.


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is grateful to The Theater Offensive for their collaboration in support of the summer exhibitions. 

This reception is a benefit of the Friends of Fenway Court Patron Program. To learn more about the program and its year-round engagement opportunities, please click here.

Image credit: Mark Seliger, ShaGaysia Diamond, 2015, gelatin silver print, 36 x 36 in.,  
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase with funds provided by the Hyde Foundation 2021.14

On Christopher Street: Transgender Portraits by Mark Seliger was organized by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.  

Support for the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as for Portraits From Boston, With Love and Hakeem Adewumi: Possession of a Recalcitrant Dream, 2024 is provided by the Barr Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Barbara Lee Program Fund and the Henry Luce Foundation. 

The Artist-in-Residence program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art.  
Funding is also provided for site-specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way. 

The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which is supported by the state of Massachusetts 
and the National Endowment for the Arts.