Dr. Lady J

born 1986, Harriman, TN
lives in Cleveland

Dr. Lady J (also known as Jeremiah Davenport outside of drag) is a Cleveland-based non-binary trans woman, a celebrated drag queen, a
historian with a PhD on 1990s drag culture, an educator, and an award-winning activist. Awarded the 2022

Trans Education Award by Margie’s Hope, a northeast Ohio organization dedicated to providing resources and services to enrich the lives of transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive people, Dr. Lady J is a multifaceted practitioner and creative tour de force.

Inspired by artist (and friend) Loraine Lynn’s FRONT exhibitioninstallation, composed of lively, organically-shaped fiber constructions thatinvite touch and incite joy, Dr. Lady J is producing a special performance at the site of Lynn’s installation in the Mary Ann and Jack Katzenmeyer Student Lounge at the Cleveland Institute of Art. An opportunity to introduce drag culture to new audiences and expand the expectations of institutional space, Dr. Lady J’s performance will include extraordinary costuming inspired by Lynn’s vibrant use of color and geometry and a unique soundtrack that combines spoken word and music. An example of how artist relationships both inspire and incubate new ideas, Lynn and Dr. Lady J’s contributions remind us that the
potential for joy exists within our authentic expression, and that, in itself, is a radical act.

Cleveland Institute of Art

Dr. Lady J, Not Yet Titled, 2022, Commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

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