Lessons Obscura


On Display: June 6 – July 15
Opening Reception: Friday, June 6th 6-9pm
FREE Artist Lecture with Lorenzo Triburgo: Saturday, June 7th 1-2pm

In the Main Gallery

Lorenzo Triburgo’s series, Transportraits, examines representations of American masculinity, photographing transgender men set against hand-painted environmental backdrops. The imagery references the history of photographic portraiture and 19th century landscape and portrait painting. Transportraits addresses the complicated relationship between gender and photographic representation.

ABOUT Lorenzo Triburgo
Lorenzo Triburgo is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Portland, Oregon. He holds a 2002 Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in Photography and Gender Studies and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Related Media in 2005 from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Triburgo is an accomplished artist, commercial photographer and educator who consistently confronts the overlapping ideas of American identity, what is truly ‘real’, and photography’s critical role in framing and constructing our understanding of identity 
and reality.

Since 2009 Triburgo has developed and provided instruction in beginning, intermediate and advanced digital photography, darkroom photography, lighting and the history of 
photography courses. In his current position as a full­-time Instructor at Oregon State University, Triburgo has developed interdisciplinary courses examining the overlap between Gender Studies and Photography.

Triburgo’s photographs have been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Philadelphia and abroad. He has work in the permanent collection at the Portland Art Museum, has been awarded the Aaron Siskind Grant and has been written about in various web and print journals including The Fine Art Issue of Photo District News, The Huffington Post and Slate. He has recently been awarded a project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council to complete his forthcoming project working with Correctional Officers.


In the Special Exhibitions Gallery

Lessons Obscura highlights works made during a joint arts-education initiative between Reynolds Learning Academy, photographer Theresa Meier and Newspace Center for Photography. During the course of the program students were introduced to both analog and digital photography.  This exhibition includes a selection of photographs made using a variety of processes, from pinhole to digital.

ABOUT Reynolds Learning Academy
Reynolds Learning Academy East is an alternative day therapy high school. It is a small learning community that strives to honor the individual needs and learning styles of each student. Our students have faced challenges in mainstream schools and benefit from our supportive environment and emphasis on community.


Gallery Hours:
Monday through Thursday 10am-9:30pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm

Thank you to the Kinsman Foundation for your ongoing support of the Newspace Gallery.