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1992 & 2014 M. Lamar & Orange is the New Black

While a BFA student, M. Lamar worked in the library as well as in the Facilities Department where his marvelous voice, singing opera, would echo through the concrete corridors. His identical twin is the trans actress Laverne Cox.  

M. Lamar appeared in the TV show Orange is the New Black, playing  Laverne Cox’s character’s pre-transition scenes. M. Lamar’s piece, NegroGothic  was exhibited at SFAI in 2015. The piece is witness to “the violence of our past, freedoms of the present, alongside the ongoing inability of the American justice system to materially protect black youth.  Lamar painfully evokes injustice, even as he occupies the transcendent, empowered role of the diva.”

For more on M. Lamar: http://www.mlamar.com/


With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.



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