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Cyle Metzger

Cyle Metzger

Art History
M.A. Art History, UC Riverside, 2015.
M.F.A. Studio Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Mount Royal School, 2010.
B.A. Bennington College, Liberal Arts, 2008.


Cyle's broader research investigates how marginalized bodies have been made to appear throughout art history, especially those of queer, trans, and intersex people and people with disabilities. His dissertation, titled—Deep Cuts: Transgender History in American Art since World War II—explores how transsexuality and now transgender identity have appeared in modern and contemporary art in the US. The artists who anchor his four chapters are Forrest Bess (1911-1974), Candy Darling (1944-1974), Greer Lankton (1958-1996), and Cassils (b. 1971). Cyle was a 2019-2020 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art and is a 2020-2021 Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Research for his dissertation has also been supported by a Getty Research Institute Library Grant, a Don Kelly Research Fellowship at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M University, Stanford's Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity Fellowship, and a fellowship with Stanford's Center for Ethics and Society. Cyle's article ‘Envisioning non-binary gender: The art of Forrest Bess,’ which is based on his first chapter, will appear in the Archives of American Art Journal 61(1). He also co-edited the August 2020 issue of the Journal of Visual Culture "New Work in Transgender Art and Visual Culture Studies," with Dr. Kristin Ringelberg.






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