An Artist and Her 'Beautiful Boy' by Alum, Lissa Rivera

In their intimate portraits, the photographer Lissa Rivera and her partner, BJ Lillis, are building their own fantasy world. The body of work has recently been featured in The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Creators (VICE), Forbes, Artnet, and Photo District News.

There will be an opening of 'Beautiful Boy' on June 1 from 6-8pm at ClampArt. Exhibition and upcoming event details below.

EXHIBITION Lissa Rivera: Beautiful Boy June 1- July 15, 2017 Reception: June 1, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. ClampArt, 247 West 29th Street, NYC

ARTIST TALK Lissa Rivera with BJ Lillis Saturday, June 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ClampArt, 247 West 29th Street, NYC

LECTURE Beautiful Boy: Artist Lissa Rivera and Muse BJ Lillis in Dialogue June 22, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. New York Public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library, 6th Floor

Lissa Rivera, left, and BJ Lillis in two early test images. Credit Courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, New York

Lissa Rivera, left, and BJ Lillis in two early test images. Credit Courtesy of the artist and ClampArt, New York

On a long subway ride three years ago, BJ Lillis decided to share something with his friend and co-worker, Lissa Rivera. Mr. Lillis, who describes himself as genderqueer, told her that he had spent most of his college years dressing, full-time, in women’s clothing.

But in the professional world, he’d lost his confidence. To help him regain it, she offered to take his photograph.

Mr. Lillis had never really seen himself, dressed as he wished, in a carefully made portrait.

“So much of identity is constructed from looking at pictures,” Ms. Rivera said in a recent interview. “Looking at photographs and looking at a film can really change who you are.”

The two have made dozens of images since, in a project called “Beautiful Boy.” An exhibition of the same name opens June 1 at the ClampArt gallery in Chelsea. 

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