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Dismantling the Gaze: Jess T. Dugan

Date Apr 01, 2019
Type Lecture

In conjunction with ICP’s 2019 Infinity Awards, join us for a special evening presentation of work by Emerging Photographer honoree Jess T. Dugan. Dugan’s work explores identity, gender, sexuality, representation, and community through portraiture, with the notable release of her recent publication, To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults.

About the Series

This program is part of ICP’s Dismantling the Gaze: Looking, Power, and Visual Culture series. These programs connect looking, power, and visual culture vis-a-vis the #MeToo moment. The series addresses topics such as institutional responsibility, the film industry–as–flashpoint for lens-based media and gender relations, the role of journalism and viral media in the #MeToo moment, visual literacy and theory in regards to looking and power, gender, and more. Dismantling the Gaze explores these concepts with contemporary artists, visual journalists, academics, and cultural critics.


Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and community through photographic portraiture. She holds a BFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a master of liberal arts in museum studies from Harvard University, and an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been widely exhibited at venues including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the San Diego Museum of Art; the Aperture Foundation, New York; the Transformer Station, Cleveland; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Dugan’s books include Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015) and To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018). She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and was selected by the White House as a Champion of Change. She is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.