Jamie Clayton is a jill-of-all-trades. Besides being a member of performance art–rock group Roma! and modeling in the new Jeremy Scott ad, Clayton debuted in HBO’s Hung this November. Finally, more trans roles are going to trans actresses.
Paul Mpagi Sepuya, known for photographing his male friends in intimate (often-nude) portraits, spent 2011 as artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, which resulted in a show of his work. An ambitious 200-page volume, titled Studio Work, will be released in 2012.
Chad Hodge's show, The Playboy Club, had a decidedly queer bent with its lead played by out lesbian Amber Heard and a subplot involving a lesbian Bunny and her gay husband (both members of Chicago’s budding Mattachine Society) in a lavender marriage. Look for Chad Hodge’s next project, the HBO movie Oh My God: The Anita Bryant Story, in 2012.
Mickalene Thomas’s paintings have a sumptuous quality. She often embellishes her canvasses with rhinestones and depicts a variety of black women, at once serene and often sexualized, as an exploration of power, femininity, and beauty. MoMA and the National Portrait Gallery have collected her work, and a recent solo exhibition took place at Lehmann Maupin Gallery.
Harmony Santana made her big-screen debut this year in Gun Hill Road, about a teenage boy living in the Bronx and attempting to transition to female. Living full-time as a woman since last year, Harmony is part of a small group of transgender actors fighting to find a place in film.
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