Chris E. Vargas is the founder of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA), a semi-fictional institution that serves as a malleable platform for exhibiting transgender art. Through the platform he carries on the project Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects (2015–ongoing), which purposefully collects exactly ninety-nine significant objects to point to the forever incomplete project of representing history. The Stonewall Re-Memorialization Project is the fifth exhibition of the project, in which the site of Stonewall and the events linked to it are explored. In particular, Vargas questions the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, considered crucial for LGBTQI civil rights movement.
The exhibition features projects by several contemporary international artists, working across a wide range of media, invited to propose new monuments to the 1969 Stonewall Riots, to replace the George Segal sculptures currently installed in Christopher Park.
- Chris E. Vargas, "Transgender Hiroes", 2013, Courtesy of the artist