(organized by the ICI, NY)
The works in Transformers spoke in multiple voices and from shifting perspectives. They mix accepted cultural identities into outrageous combinations, shuffling conventional signs of gender, race, age sexuality and even species. Transformers defined a mutant aesthetic that adventurously seeks out the full range of our contradictions and suggests that we can most effectively learn about ourselves by exploring the identities of others. Transformers presented works in a wide variety of styles and media–painting, sculpture, video, drawing, and photography–by a diverse group of artists including Anna Deavere Smith, Jimmie Durham, Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Komar & Melamid, Charles LeDray, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Paul McCarthy, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Adrian Piper, Cindy Sherman, Meyer Vaisman, Kukuli Velarde, and Fred Wilson. Guest curator was Ralph Rugoff.