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Given the origin of the installation’s materials, it was only fitting to activate with students and young people while it was on view at the Walker.

Between each reading, Miss Trans Life led her followers through the galleries as a queen might show off her collection to envious courtiers.The juxtaposition of the royal air of Miss Trans Life with Jenkins’ somber verses was stark.We don’t know if we’ve been eased in or pulled out half the time.” opportunity came to me at the same time that I was in the midst of an artist residency at the Kulture Klub Collaborative, so I was able to incorporate the young people, most of whom were or have experienced homelessness, into my performance.They were so delighted, and I believe inspired, by the opportunity to see a Transgender Woman of Color presenting at the Walker Art Center.” – Andrea Jenkins Dressed in gown, sash, gloves, tiara, and heels, Andrea Jenkins performed as Miss Trans Life for the evening.Raelene Ash, Ariah Fine, and many others–showed collage, sculpture, drawings, photography, multimedia works, and literature, while others exhibited the material culture of everyday life, including an artist’s inclusion of her late father’s trusty guitar.

Rather than activating through embodied performance, the artwork and artifacts of the Pop-Up Museum used the platform to hold court, tell stories, and provoke questions from insiders and surprise passersby alike.In joining the poet in the reading, audiences embodied the poem about trans bodies surrounded by traces of black bodies.The collaborative recitation of the poem over and over and over took on a trance-like quality with many voices commingling in the imperfect unison of a classroom’s daily Pledge of Allegiance.For Kubat, this project recalled another artwork-cum-platform in (2004), in which hundreds of books about the African Diaspora are stacked around a stair case.The installation is topped with a live microphone and set to the James Brown classic “Say It Loud (I’m Black And I’m Proud).” Kubat said that the piece posed a set of vital questions to her community: “What if we have a stack of knowledge?Reina Gossett, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Ce Ce Mc Donald, and many others, all mentioned by name in are working to turn the tide through their activism, organizing, literature, and performance.