Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects book launch


January 18, 2024 5-9:30PM PT


Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
328 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 



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The Museum of Trans Hirstory and Art (MOTHA), the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, and Stanford Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies present an evening of performance, discussion, music, and readings to celebrate the release of the book Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects from 2016 Creative Capital Awardee Chris E. Vargas. Surveying over three centuries, the book brings together over 100 contributors to create a capacious selection of artworks, archival documents, publications, and artifacts about trans life. It is a continuation of MOTHA, a larger artistic project by Vargas and a museum forever “under construction” that exists without a building or a board of directors but takes on selective functions of an institution.

The program will begin with a panel discussion with C. Riley Snorton, Cyle Metzger, and Gabby Omoni Hartemann, moderated by Susan Stryker. Intermission will be followed by a Director’s Welcome by Chris E. Vargas, readings and performance, including by Allucquére Rosanne (Sandy) Stone, Beth Elliott, David Evans Frantz, Geo Wyex, Leila Weefur, Maria Silk, Maxe Crandall, Zz Chic and The Indigo Menace of the Stanford Drag Troupe, and a screening by Kiyan Williams. Mo B. Dick will emcee. Books will be available for signing on the evening of the program.

Space for this program is limited; advance free registration is recommended. Those who have registered will have priority for seating.

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