Pumpkin Renee

Accession Number

Pumpkin Renee

Danny Lyon

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1967; printed 2010

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Thomas Wilson '79 and Jill Garling '80

Subject matter
After Knoxville, Tennessee, Lyon traveled to Galveston, Texas. He had not found the material he had hoped to find in Knoxville. In Galveston, he photographed people and places that were outside of mainstream America. He met seventeen year old Pumpkin Renee, a transgender woman who identified as a "female impersonator and homosexual." Lyon made recordings of her speaking about her experiences. In this image, Pumpkin reclines in her bed, displaying Dionne Warwick's album "Make Way for Dionne Warwick."

Physical Description
A photograph of a woman reclining in her bed. A vinyl record titled "Make Way for Dionne Warwick" is propped up on her legs.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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beds (furniture)
record covers
women (female humans)

12 Related Resources

(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Documentary Photography & Social Realism
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Exploring Gender and Sexuality
(Part of 6 Learning Collections)
Jewish Photographers 
(Part of: Ethnicity and Race)
Danny Lyon
(Part of: Modern Jewish Photography W20 - Dash Moore)
Oh, honey... A Queer Reading of the Collection
(Part of: Exhibition Teaching Resources)
Oh honey...A Queer Reading of the Collection Docent Module
(Part of: Fall 2021 Docent Exhibition Packet)

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