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Be Oakley is a writer, facilitator, and publisher based in Queens, NY. They received their MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018. Oakley is currently a Part-Time Lecturer in Print and paper at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, NY.
In 2015 they started GenderFail, a publishing and programming initiative that seeks to encourage projects that foster an intersectional queer subjectivity. With GenderFail they have published works by American Artist, Sable Elyse Smith, Lex Brown, Aitch Alberto, Paul Soulellis, Johanna Hedva, Nicole Killian, Demian Dinéyazhi, Pallavi Sen and many others. GenderFail publications can be found in the library and special collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Tate Modern, The Brooklyn Museum Library and over 50 others.
They have been a part of projects, programming and exhibitions including The Center for Book Arts (Imperfect Archiving, Archiving as Practice 2021), Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (Excess and Refusal 2021), Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Gallery (Title TBD 2020), The Studio Museum in Harlem (Radical Reading Room, 2019), MoMA PS1 (Past and Future Fictions, 2018), The International Center of Photography (Queering the Collection, 2018), among many others. Their work has been featured in Italian Vogue, The Baffler, Eye on Design, Art In America, Hyperallergic and many others.