The mission of the Memorial Union Gallery is to line up a diverse schedule of art exhibits, in a variety of genres that reflect the broad and diverse interests of the OSU and greater Corvallis community.
The art featured represents an artist’s work, vision, ideas, and opinions. Some exhibits are educational, some display quality craftsmanship or artistic ability, while others may depict artistic expressions that we hope enrich and deepen the appreciation and understanding of visual arts and the human condition.
The Memorial Union Gallery, located on the Mezzanine floor of the MU, is open during the building's hours.
My photography practice is rooted in the belief that the images we see impact the possibilities we imagine for ourselves. I am a transqueer artist who employs visual art as a tool for liberation and a way to strengthen my queer community.
When I began Transportraits in 2008 the dearth of trans visibility and representation was palpable. I felt a need to address this absence. I followed Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting” to create 48 by 48 inch oil paintings that each serve as a unique backdrop for the 30 portraits in the series. Shot slightly from below, the subjects hover heroically above the viewer, looking upward and without offering eye contact.
For Policing Gender I worked with the queer, grassroots prison abolition organization Black & Pink and became pen pals with 35 LGBTQ prisoners with whom I wrote on a monthly basis for over two years. I did not want to reinforce associations between queerness and criminality by producing visuals of queers behind bars (even though I gained access to do so). Instead I photographed backdrops created for my pen pals and absence became the subject. The accompanying aerial photographs are a metaphor and reminder of the increasing presence of surveillance as a tool for criminalizing marginalized people. Alongside each exhibition I create programming to cultivate community around prison abolition including workshops, prisoner card writing and storytelling events and have a goal of bringing Policing Gender to all 50 states.
Monumental Resistance: Stonewall is a performance, photography, and time-lapse video piece created during the 2018 NYC Pride Celebration. My partner and collaborator Sarah Van Dyck created over 3,500 images as I stood in place before the Stonewall National Monument for 24 hours. With my visibly genderqueer body exposed to the waist I stood as a tribute to the transgender women of color who catalyzed the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, yet have largely been excluded from the ensuing civil rights advances.
Bio - Lorenzo Triburgo (they/them)
Through performance, photography, video and audio Lorenzo Triburgo, often with their partner and collaborator Sarah Van Dyck, elevates trans*queer subjectivity and abolitionist politics. They were awarded a 2019 Workspace Residency at Baxter St/CCNY and a Bronx Museum of the Arts fellowship in 2020. Permanent collections include the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) and select exhibition venues include Bruce Silverstein, NYC; Photoforum Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland; Kunst und Kulturhaus, Berne, Switzerland; Dutch Trading Post, Nagasaki, Japan; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Magazzini del Sale, Siena, Italy; and Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands as a winner of the international Pride Photo Award.
Their writing and artworks have been featured in such publications as Art Journal, GUP, and the Transgender Studies Reader 2 edited by Susan Stryker and Aren Aizura (Routledge). Most recently, their article, co-authored with Van Dyck, “Representational Refusal and the Embodiment of Gender Abolition,” was published in the spring 2022 issue of GLQ (Duke University Press) and their image “For Tre” was published as the cover for the winter 2023 issue of Feminist Formations. Triburgo lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is a full-time online instructor at Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts, School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts. Triburgo teaches critical theory, photography, and gender studies with a focus on expanding liberatory learning practices in online environments and in 2021 they were awarded the Outstanding Ecampus Instructor Award.