Tuesday Smillie

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Tuesday Smillie (born 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York.[1] Her work focuses on trans-feminist politics and the aesthetics of protest.[2][3][4] Smillie has been recognized for her reinterpretation of protest banners through the traditional craft materials.[5] Writer Johanna Fateman describes work like Smillie's Street Transvestites 1973 (2015) as "ornate, meticulously sewn and painted trans-liberation banners" that "could not get their radical point across more lovingly."[5]

Life and work[edit]

Many of Smillie's collections take inspiration from feminist science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin, primarily her book The Left Hand of Darkness, about gender-fluid inhabitants of the planet Gethen.[6] Smillie has held solo exhibitions at the Rose Art Museum,[7] Participant Inc,[8] and her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art, Artists Space, and the New Museum.[9][10] She led a Study Session at the Whitney Museum of American Art.[11] Smillie holds a BFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft with a concentration in Book Arts.[12]

Awards and Residencies[edit]




Selected solo exhibitions

  • Reflecting Light Into The Unshadow, Participant Inc. (2018)[15]
  • To build another world, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University (2018)[16]
  • The Right Brain of Darkness, Haverford College (2016)[17]

Selected group exhibitions


  1. ^ The Editors of ARTnews (2018-10-31). "Tuesday Smillie at Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts". ARTnews. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  2. ^ a b Greenberger, Alex (2018-07-26). "Tuesday Smillie Wins Rose Art Museum's Artist-in-Residence Award". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  3. ^ a b "Tuesday Smillie Wins Rose Art Museum's 2018 Perlmutter Artist-In-Residence Award". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  4. ^ Lauren, Palmer (November 20, 2015). "15 Revolutionary and Influential Transgender Artists Who Refuse to Be Invisible". Artnet News.
  5. ^ a b Fateman, Johanna (January 2018). "Fully Loaded: Power and Sexual Violence". Artforum.
  6. ^ Rubin, Caitlin Julia. "Tuesday Smillie: To build another world". Rose Art Museum. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Upcoming Exhibitions | Exhibitions | Rose Art Museum | Brandeis University". www.brandeis.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  8. ^ "PARTICIPANT INC | Reflecting Light into The Unshadow". participantinc.org. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  9. ^ The Editors of ARTnews (2017-09-06). "Fall Preview: Museum Shows and Biennials Around the World". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  10. ^ Swanson, Carl. "This New Museum Exhibit Wants to Challenge Everything You Think You Know About Gender". www.vulture.com. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  11. ^ "Study Sessions: Tuesday Smillie | Whitney Museum of American Art". whitney.org. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  12. ^ a b "Announcing MOTHA Resident Artist TUESDAY SMILLIE". Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  13. ^ a b "Art Matters Foundation". Art Matters Foundation. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  14. ^ "Past Artists". Freehold Art Exchange. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  15. ^ "PARTICIPANT INC | Reflecting Light into The Unshadow". participantinc.org. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  16. ^ The Editors of ARTnews (2018-10-31). "Tuesday Smillie at Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts". ARTnews. Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  17. ^ "Haverford College", The Shakespeare First Folios: A Descriptive Catalogue, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, doi:10.1057/9780230360341.0193, ISBN 9780230360341
  18. ^ Leonhardt, Andrea (2019-02-25). "Art 50 Years After Stonewall: New Exhibit to Explore Legacy of..." BK Reader. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  19. ^ "Feminist Histories". masp.org. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Face of the Future | Rubin Museum of Art". rubinmuseum.org. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  21. ^ "Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon". www.newmuseum.org. Retrieved 2019-03-19.

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