June 16, 2024


General will live on forever

Mariette Pathy Allen | House Ball, Harlem, 1984


Mariette Pathy Allen’s initially guide, Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Appreciate Them, was groundbreaking in its investigation of a misunderstood local community. Her next e-book, The Gender Frontier, is a assortment of photographs, interviews, and essays masking political activism, youth, and the range of men and women that detect as transgender in the United States. It won the 2004 Lambda Literary Award in the Transgender/Genderqueer category. Other books include TransCuba and Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand.

In 2020, Queer|Art, a New York nonprofit committed to endorsing the work of LGBTQ+ artists, introduced a new $10,000 grant for Black trans ladies artists. The award, known as the Illuminations Grant, was produced in collaboration with photographer Mariette Pathy Allen, writer and marketing consultant Aaryn Lang, and multidisciplinary artist Serena Jara. Allen solitary-handedly endowed the award.

Mariette Pathy Allen’s images have been extensively exhibited in the United States and abroad. Her work is represented in the long term collections of MoMA, New York Town the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Town New York General public Library, New York City Nationwide Gallery of Artwork, Washington, D.C. Artwork Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Frankfurt, Germany George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium Portland Artwork Museum, Portland, Oregon Vassar Higher education, Poughkeepsie, New York Museum of Fantastic Arts, Houston, Texas Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Duke College, Durham, North Carolina Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana Baltimore Museum of Artwork, Baltimore, Maryland McEvoy Relatives Assortment, San Francisco, California Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylvania and Museum of Pictures, Lishui, China.

Her function will be archived at the Uncommon Ebook and Manuscript Library and the Sallie Bingham Centre for Women’s Reports at Duke College, Durham, North Carolina.

Mariette Pathy Allen
Dwelling Ball, Harlem, 1984

May 12 – July 16, 2022

247 West 29th Street, Floor Floor
New York, NY  10001


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