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Trans Art Exhibit Coming to SoHo Gay Museum's Prince St. 'Project Space'

SOHO — A new weekend-long exhibit at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art features self-portraits by a transgender artist exploring the risk inherent in her identity.

The exhibit by Montreal-based artist Ianna Book, titled "Trans the Notion of Risk," is meant to show "the terror of being unmasked and stigmatized."

Book's self-portraits depict her in positions of doubt, apprehension and discomfort to illustrate her experience "struggling to flourish in the social sphere."

"Because my condition as a trans woman places me in a vulnerable position within a world still brimming with prejudice and violence, simply existing becomes a challenge," she wrote in a description of the exhibit.

Book's work will be featured in the museum's new corner "project space" at 127-B Prince St., adjacent to the museum's larger main gallery.

An opening will be held on April 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the work will be on display through the weekend.

"Trans and the Notion of Risk," Leslie-Lohman Museum Prince St. Project Space, 127-B Prince St., April 23-24, noon to 6 p.m. Opening April 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.