Zackary Drucker

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Zackary Drucker
Born1983 (age 36–37)
EducationCalifornia Institute of the Arts, School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Known forperformance art, television production, photography, film

Zackary Drucker (born 1983) is an American trans woman multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress, and television producer. She is a consultant on the TV series Transparent and is based out of Los Angeles. Drucker is an artist whose work explores themes of gender and sexuality and critiques predominant two-dimensional representations.[1] Drucker has stated that she considers discovering, telling, and preserving trans history to be not only an artistic opportunity but a political responsibility.[2] Drucker's work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and film festivals including but not limited to the 2014 Whitney Biennial, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern art.[3]

Early Life[edit]

Zackary Drucker was born in 1983 and raised in Syracuse, New York[4] by what she calls "two really fantastic, progressive, educated parents." She earned an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 2005.[5] In 2006, Drucker made her first television appearance as a contestant on Jeffrey Deitch's Artstar.

After graduating from CalArts in 2007, Drucker decided to stay in Los Angeles.[6] Photographs from her graduate thesis show, "5 East 73rd Street", feature photographs of mentor Flawless Sabrina. That same year, her work was included in a group exhibition called Girly Show: Pin-ups, Zines & the So-Called Third Wave at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga.[7]

Drucker did not have role models growing up, but her parents were progressive and supported her gender nonconformity.[8] In high school, Drucker aligned herself with Kate Bornstein's books about ways of living that do not ascribe to traditional gender conventions.

Personal Life[edit]

When Drucker met Rhys Ernst, Drucker had recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts and was on the TV show "Artstar". Drucker had never dated a man before and Ernst had never dated a woman. In 2014, Drucker and Ernst had a show at the Whitney Museum of American Art which captured them in day-to-day relatable scenarios like celebrating anniversaries, staying in, or soaking up the sun by the pool.[9] The former couple published the photographs of them together, which the New York Times, stated was an important public record for transgender life.[10] Although the couple is no longer together, Drucker and Ernst want to show that transgender people can live ordinary lives, filled with love.[10] In a 2014 magazine, Drucker stated that she hopes that one day we can surpass the binaries of gender entirely.[9]


In 2011, Drucker and photographer Amos Mac collaborated to make a series of photographs in Drucker's hometown of Syracuse, titled "Home is Where the Heart is, Distance is Where You Hang Your Heart." This series was also published in magazine form, titled "TransLady Fanzine".[11]

Drucker and collaborator Rhys Ernst were included in the first iteration of the Hammer/LAX Art biennial.[12] There they premiered the film "She Gone Rogue" and the film was also included in Outfest 2013.[13] "She Gone Rogue" includes several of Drucker's mentors including Holly Woodlawn, Vaginal Davis, and Flawless Sabrina.[14]

In 2014, Drucker and Ernst exhibited "Relationship", at the Whitney Biennial, through a series of photos that chronicled the process and evolution of the couple's relationship and gender transitions.[15][16] The photographic series was later exhibited at Luis De Jesus Gallery, where Drucker is represented.[17] In 2016, "Relationship" was released as a book.[18]

Since 2013, Drucker had worked as a consultant and producer on Amazon's original series Transparent.[19] Media scholar Nicole Morse argues that Drucker’s use of double casting in Transparent brings to light transfeminine history from the 1930s to 1994.[20] For this role, Drucker was also involved with writing, hiring, casting, producing, providing notes on script, offering feedback, and postproduction.[20] According to the New York Times Magazine, Drucker's and Ernst's goal for Transparent is to ensure that trans people are depicted authentically on screen and that they are also working behind the scenes. Drucker mostly contributed to the plot, script, wardrobe, and casting of episode 8, "Best New Girl" from Season 1. In this episode, Drucker believed it was crucial to capture the historical tension between those who identified as male cross-dressers and those who transition. In Season 2, Drucker was involved with shaping the historical context and casting.[21]

In 2015, Drucker joined the cast of the E! docu-series, I Am Cait.[18] She was also served as a supervising producer on the Emmy-nominated series of docu-shorts, This is Me.[22]

In 2017, Drucker collaborated with the ACLU, Laverne Cox, Molly Crabapple, and Kim Boekbinder, in making a video about transgender history and resistance, called "Time Marches Forward & So Do We".[23]

Drucker continues her art practice, working independently on film and photography projects.

Through her artworks, Drucker shares and uncovers forgotten histories of transgender people.[24]

Exhibitions, film festivals, performances[edit]

  • 2007- "Girly Show: Pin-ups, Zines & the So-Called Third Wave", Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art[7]
  • 2009 - NOW Fest, "P.I.G." a multimedia performance and film with Wu Ingrid Tsang, Mariana Marroquin, REDCAT[25]
  • 2011 - 54th Venice Biennale, Swiss Off-Site Pavilion[26]
  • 2012 - "At least you know: you exist", short film, Hammer Museum[27]
  • 2012 - "Female Trouble" curated by Dirty Looks NYC, "Fish" video (2008), Human Resources LA[28]
  • 2012 - "Zackary Drucker: At Least You Know You Exist" July 7 - September 10, 2012 MoMA PS1, New York[26]
  • 2014 - Whitney Biennial, "Relationship", photo series with Rhys Ernst, Whitney Museum of American Art[29]
  • 2019 - "School for Endurance Work," Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery[30]


Film and video art[edit]

Year Film and video art Role Citation
2017 Time Marches Forward & So Do We [23]
2015 Southern For Pussy Director, Writer & Actress [31]
2012 She Gone Rogue Actress, Writer & Producer [26]
2011 At Least You Know You Exist (short film) Director [27]
2010 Lost Lake (collaboration with Van Barnes)
2009 P.I.G. (multimedia performance and film by Rhys Ernst) Actress [25]
2008 Fish Actress [28]
2008 You Will Never Be a Woman (collaboration with Van Barnes, Mariah Garnett, and A.L. Steiner) [32]


Year Television Role Citation
2015–2016 I am Cait Actress/Herself [33]
2015 This is me (documentary) Producer, Actress/Herself [34]
2014–2016 Transparent Producer, Actress/Herself [35]


Year Title Role Location Notes
2015 Bring Your Own Body: the Story of Lynn Harris Artist Cooper Union, New York City, New York A multimedia performance featuring paint, sculpture, textiles, film, digital collage, and performance.[36]


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  2. ^ Morse, Nicole Erin. "Seeing double: visibility, alternative temporality, and transfeminine history in "Transparent" by Nicole Erin Morse, p. 1". Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  3. ^ "Honoring LGBTQIA+ Artists in the Escalette Collection - Celebrating Chapman's LGBTQIA+ History Month". Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
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  20. ^ a b "Seeing double: visibility, alternative temporality, and transfeminine history in "Transparent" by Nicole Erin Morse, p. 1". Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  21. ^ Bobrow, Emily (2016-09-13). "How Two Producers of 'Transparent' Made Their Own Trans Lives More Visible". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
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  23. ^ a b "Transgender Rights History Told by Laverne Cox: Watch VIDEO". Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  24. ^ Morse, Nicole Erin. "Seeing double: visibility, alternative temporality, and transfeminine history in "Transparent" by Nicole Erin Morse, p. 1". Retrieved 2019-10-22.
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  26. ^ a b c "She Gone Rogue". Film Studies Center, University of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  27. ^ a b "Zackary Drucker & Her Friends: Films & Conversation - Hammer Museum". The Hammer Museum. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  28. ^ a b "Female-Trouble Curated by Dirty Looks". Human Resources. February 16, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  29. ^ "Transgender Couple Photographs Their Opposite Transitions". ABC News. 2014-05-19. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  30. ^ "The School for Endurance Work Exhibition". Cal State LA. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  31. ^ "NICOLE MORSE ON SOUTHERN FOR PUSSY". OTV | Open Television. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  32. ^ "You will never be a woman..." Video Data Bank. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  33. ^ "UPDATE: Get to Know 13 Transwomen Featured on I Am Cait". Brit + Co. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  34. ^ "Watch Amazon's transgender docu-series 'This Is Me' right now". Entertainment Weekly. 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  35. ^ Tourjee, Diana (2014-09-26). "Meet Two of the Trans Minds Behind the Groundbreaking New Show 'Transparent'". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  36. ^ "Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archives and Aesthetics | The Cooper Union". Retrieved 2019-10-30.

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