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“Currents ’93: Dress Codes”

This year the annual “Currents” exhibition at Boston’s ICA examined transvestism, gender-crossing, and gay and racial identities through multimedia works by 24 artists. The images ranged from Nan Goldin’s well-known photographs of transsexuals and transvestites, to RuPaul’s rock video Supermodel (You Better Work), 1992, to Boston-based Abe Rybeck’s cabaret drag performances. “Dress Codes” consisted of visual art, video, film, performance and educational programs (which included makeup seminars for male cross-dressers and an all day “Drag King” workshop for female-tomale cross-dressers led by performance artist Dianne Torr), a cross-dressing reading room, and three Saturday evenings of “Fear and Clothing” theater.

Catherine Opie’s and Yasumasa Morimura’s portraits and self-portraits stood out in a mostly mediocre selection of artwork. Opie’s series of color photographs entitled “Being and

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