In This Body of Mine
Frederick Layton Gallery
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
October 18 – December 7, 2019
Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 18, 5 – 9 pm
This group exhibition by the Strange Fire Collective features primarily photography and focuses on social justice themes that critically question the dominant social hierarchy and engages the community in meaningful dialogue about art, gender, race and equity, politics, history and more. Works are presented in traditional and digital formats.
The Strange Fire Collective, which comprises more than 120 artists, is dedicated to highlighting work made by diverse people, including women, persons of color, and queer and transgender artists. Participating artists include: Nydia Blas, Ria Brodell, Widline Cadet, Kahlil Irving, Robert E. Jackson, Rachel Jessen, Tarrah Krajnak, Natalie Krick, Birthe Piontek, Kalen Na’il Roach, Ganriel García Roman, Leonard Suryajaya, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, Paula Wilson
Exhibition at Canary Wharf, London
A selection of Butch Heroes will be on view at Canary Wharf Gallery in celebration of Pride in London 2019
July 2- July 28
Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Reading at the Bureau of General Services- Queer Division
Lambda Literary Award Finalists Barrie Jean Borich, Zahra Patterson, Sandra Lambert and I will be reading at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division at 4pm on Sunday, June 2.
@ The Center
208 West 13th Street Room 210
NY, NY 10011
Butch Heroes is a Finalist in LGBTQ Nonfiction for a Lambda Literary Award
Wednesday, March 20
3:30 to 8:00 pm
Ages 14-21, FREE
Kamloops Art Gallery
101 - 465 Victoria Street
Thompson Rivers University, Old Main building, OM1562
Thursday, March 21
All ages, FREE
This program is offered in collaboration with Thompson Rivers University
OUT at CHM: How It’s Written
Wednesday, March 27
Who tells our histories and how? Author and historian Owen Keehnen moderates a discussion that explore the nonlinear story of LGBTQIA people in Chicago and beyond from eras during which little was recorded beside police records and lurid headlines. Hear from Ria Brodell, visual artist and author of Butch Heroes, and Jim Elledge, professor and author of The Boys of Fairy Town, about the unique challenges of researching pre-Stonewall history.
6:30 P.M. program, reception to follow. $20, $15 members and students
By Oliver Basciano
January & February 2019 Issue
Gender Warriors of Yore
By Irene Javors
December 21, 2018
9 Surprising, Macabre, and Illuminating Books for Art Lovers to Read Over the Holidays
From tales of great but irate artists to a mini compendium of teeny-tiny artworks, these books will thrill on the beach or by the fireside.
By Sarah Cascone
December 23, 2018
Best Art-Book Gifts According to Art Insiders 2018
The 20 Best Coffee-Table Books to Give, According to Art People
By Daisy Alioto and Maxine Builder
Artist Ria Brodell Offers an Enlightened View on Holy Cards (and History) with 'Butch Heroes'
By Sarah Boslaugh
November 29, 2018
Painting Untold Stories: SMFA alum and lecturer Ria Brodell’s new book tells the stories of twenty-eight “Butch Heroes”
By Taylor McNeil
November 29, 2018
Butch Heroes illustrations show the power of butch in history
By Amy Ashenden
November 21, 2018
A book of gender-role pioneers; witches in history and now; antique-book sellers, collectors gather
By Nina MacLaughlin
November 9, 2018
Lost Stories, Portraits, and His/Herstory On Display in ‘Butch Heroes’
By Aviva Stahl
October 30, 2018
Recognize you when she sees you, Give you the things she has for you.
November 10, 2018 - December 22, 2018
Opening Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6–8pm
449 Warren Street #3
Hudson, NY 12534
SEPTEMBER presents “Recognize you when she sees you, Give you the things she has for you,” an exhibition of artists’ books from unique books to limited editions. Artists included are: Sonia Almeida, Polly Apfelbaum, Annie Bielski, Nancy Bowen, Sarah Braman, Dawn Breeze, Ria Brodell, A.K. Burns and Sophie Mormer, Cynthia Daignault and Curran Hatleberg, Patricia Fernández, Lilah Friedland, Kate Gilmore, Joanne Greenbaum, Bibbe Hanson, Tamar Halpern, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Laleh Khorramian, Melinda Keifer, Rosy Keyser, Rebecca Loyche, Shanekia McIntosh and Hudson Public Library, Xander Marro, Kate Newby, Emma Ressel, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, Rachelle Reichert, Incident Report, Kay Rosen, Brie Ruais, Carrie Schneider, Nancy Shaver and Jackson, Barb Smith, Laurel Sparks, Odessa Straub, Brittany Tucker, Marianne Vitale, Letha Wilson, Carmen Winant, Sun You, and Suzanna Zak.
An exhibition of transgender and non-binary artists making work about the trans experience curated by Caleb Cole
November 5- December 6 with a Gallery Night Reception and Performances on November 15th 5-9pm.
University of Rhode Island
20 Washington St.
The exhibit features the artwork of area artists Chai Anstett, Sam Bodian, Ria Brodell, Eli Brown, Caleb Cole, Leah Corbett, Arlo Crateau, Catherine Graffam, Jamezie, Rob Lorino, Cobi Moules, Lenny Schnier, Austen Shumway, J. Turk, Creature Karin Webb. Presented in support of the URI Honors Colloquium. Reimagining Gender: Voices, Power, Action, the works in the exhibit explore notions of Gender Identity and how we read gender pertaining to transgender and gender fluidity.
Artist Talk at Spaceus
I will be speaking about the Butch Heroes, the research, painting process and the book.
Tuesday, October 16th
Spaceus in Harvard Square
20 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Free and open to the public
Mass Fashion: Past, Present and Future
Friday, October 5, 2018 –
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium
“Mass Fashion: Past, Present, and Future,” a public symposium scheduled for October 5 and 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, explores the unique culture of fashion in Massachusetts. Speakers from academia, industry, and design discuss topics including the textile industry, immigration, technology, education, progressivism, and contemporary design."
I will be presenting on the Butch Heroes and the role that clothing played in their gender identity, their subsequent punishments, or acceptance within their communities. In addition, I will be sharing some of the research involved in the creation of the paintings.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Session 4: Progressivism 10:30 am
Chair, Laura Johnson, Curator, Historic New England
Styling the American Suffragist: Fashion and Boston’s Battle for the Ballot
Raissa Bretaña, Fashion Historian
Butch Heroes: Clothing and Gender
Ria Brodell, Artist and Author
Recycled, Reclaimed, Sustainable Fashion: Less is More is Less…
Suzanne Watzman, Tamaryn Design
"7 LGBT Books to Devour on the Beach or the Bus"
By the Editors of The Advocate
Butch Heroes is Ria Brodell’s colorful obituaries of masculine (generally queer) women and transgender men. Brodell, an author and artist, recounts the lives of several butches the way they should have been told: with portraits modelled after Catholic holy cards. A quick read, Butch Heroes is a fascinating, intersectional, feminist art-text project, and overall a rather wonderful reclamatory book of LGBT history that subverts and resonates in the human psyche. (MIT Press)—Diane Anderson-Minshall
A Conversation With Artist And Esteemed Butch Hero Ria Brodell
By Ellen C. Caldwell
July 10, 2018
Nonfiction Book Review
"This is a serious—and seriously successful—queer history recovery project."
Lecture: Wednesday, April 11th
"Boston-based artist Ria Brodell will discuss the research and process involved in the creation of the painting series Butch Heroes. In this ongoing series of portraits, Brodell sheds light on gender nonconforming pioneers—historical figures whose lives have been hidden, and whose stories demonstrate how our ideas of gender identity have evolved over hundreds of years."
Public Talk 12:30 pm the Davis Museum
Lecture: Tuesday, March 20th
I will be speaking about the work in the current exhibition Ria Brodell: Devotion on view at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum through May 13, 2018.
Artist’s Toast for Members ǀ 5:15 p.m.
Public Talk ǀ 6 p.m.
Free Admission courtesy PNC Financial Services Group
themstory: What It's Like to Be Trans at a Women's College
by Hugh Ryan
Feb. 1, 2018
BUTCH HEROES paintings recently acquired by:
Painting Lost Transgender Heroes
By Rozanne Els
Oct 30, 2017
Ria Brodell: Devotion
January 20 - May 13, 2018
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum
1000 Holt Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
The "Out of the Archives" Series
October 23: Ria Brodell's Butch Heroes
6:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, October 23, 2017
Boston-based artist Ria Brodell will discuss the research and process involved in the creation of the painting series "Butch Heroes." In this ongoing series of portraits, Brodell sheds light on gender nonconforming pioneers - real historic figures whose lives have been hidden, and whose stories demonstrate how our ideas of gender identity have evolved over hundreds of years.
This is a free event, but RSVPs are required via Eventbrite.
Read more about the Out of the Archives Series
Boston Art Book Fair
"Organized by Boston Center for the Arts and Bodega, the inaugural Boston Art Book Fair is an innovative and cutting edge event where international and local artists, thinkers, collectors, publishers and anyone drawn to the rich intersection of text and image convene to celebrate and trade print in all forms—including art books, zines, prints, catalogs and analog recordings."
Open To Public October 21 + 22, 2017
We the People
Minnesota Museum of American Art
The Historic Pioneer Endicott
141 East 4th Street, Suite 101
St. Paul, MN 55101
Three curators—Christopher Harrison, Maggie Thompson, and the M’s Diversity in the Arts Curatorial Fellow, Johnnay Leenay—consider the questions: What is American art? Who are “we the people”? Each curator’s unique perspective is reflected through artworks in a variety of media and cultural points of view.
August 17- November 12
press for We the People on view at the M in St. Paul until Nov 12th
Fair and Balanced? The ‘Roger Ailes Memorial Show’ Sets Artists Loose on the Founder of Fox News
A gaggle of artists give the late Fox News head a satirical sendoff.
By Brian Boucher
July 13, 2017
University of New Hampshire
Museum of Art
Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824
The thirteen contemporary artists in this exhibition accept the framework that masculinity is made, fashioned, and modified generation to generation. Selected works of art explore the artifice of masculinity through themes such as strength, desire, and intimacy while posing the question: What does it mean to be made masculine or to make one’s own masculinity?
Guest curator, Lisa Crossman, Ph.D., Interim Curator, Fitchburg Art Museum.
August 30 - October 15
The Roger Ailes Memorial Show
Yours, Mine & Ours
54 Eldridge Street
New York, NY. 10020
yours mine & ours is pleased to present The Roger Ailes Memorial Show: Fair and Balanced, a group exhibition with:
Jane Fox Hipple
The Estate of David Wojnarowicz
July 6 - August 4
Artist Ria Brodell's Butch Heroes, video by WBUR's Robin Lubbock
Boston Artist Ria Brodell Finds 'Butch Heroes' Buried in the History Books
“We as queer people have existed throughout time,” says Ria Brodell, who has drawn inspiration from queer people throughout history for a series of paintings
By Greg Cook
March 21, 2017
Butch Heroes at Gallery Kayafas
March 3 2017- April 8 2017
Opening Reception March 3rd 5:30-8pm
Closing Reception April 7th 5:30-8pm
Book Signing and Special Gallery Conversation:
March 18th at 3pm
with Hunter O'Hanian, Executive Director of the College Art Association, Ria Brodell & Caleb Cole
MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas present: Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects
Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington
Faye G. Allen Center for the Arts
15th Ave. NE & NE 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98195
This is the second iteration of Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects, an ongoing series of exhibitions organized by Chris E. Vargas, executive director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art. 99 Objects gathers archival materials and works by contemporary artists that narrate the history of transgender communities. The presentation at the Henry focuses on lives and experiences specific to Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest
August 13, 2016- June 4, 2017
The Transgender Body in Art: finding visibility 'in difficult times like these'
By Sabine Heinlein
November 18, 2016
Strange Fire Collective
Interview with Jess T. Dugan about the the Butch Heroes project: the beginning, the process and what's next.
July 21, 2016
Ria Brodell: The Handsome &
Mayor’s Gallery, 5th Floor Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
The Mayor's Gallery exhibits work by Boston artists who have received recognition for their artwork through grants, awards and other types of public display.
May 16- June 30, 2016
San Francisco Examiner
The Butch Heroes painting of Jean Bonnet featured in an article about Bonnet's life by Paul Drexler.
April 24, 2016
2014 Boston Artadia Awardees
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
DeCordova is pleased to host an exhibition of work by the 2014 Boston Artadia Awardees: Larissa Bates, Ria Brodell, and Lucy Kim.
June 11- June 22, 2015
Artadia Names 2014 Boston Artis Grantees
November 25, 2014