Thursday: "To Survive on this Shore"

March 3

In pop culture, most representations of transgender people focus on younger generations—the one exception that comes to mind is Amazon's "Transparent," which stars a cis male (Jeffrey Tambor) as a trans woman beginning her transition at age 70. And then of course there's the real-life pop cultural fascination with Caitlyn Jenner, now in her sixties; but as a white, mega-rich conservative, she represents a very, very small fraction of the world's transgender and gender non-conforming population and yet she's the only trans person a lot of Americans seem to be aware of. Point being, folks whose stories began several decades ago have kind of gone under the radar or have not been adequately represented in the past few years of remarkable trans visibility. To address this discrepancy, a new multimedia art exhibition hosted by Chase Brexton and the Maryland Institute College of Art focuses on transgender and gender-variant individuals over the age of 50 through photography and interviews. Check out the show opening night for a discussion with the "To Survive on this Shore" project's co-creator, Jess T. Dugan. Opening reception 5 p.m., on view through June 24, Chase Brexton Health Care, 1111 N. Charles St., (410) 837-2050, tosurviveonthisshore.com, free. (Maura Callahan)

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