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Being Human Festival at the V&A : The Queer Allure of Art Deco

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Prints and Drawings Study Room, Level 4 of the Henry Cole Wing, Victoria & Albert Museum

SW7 2RL

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Join the V&A’s LGBTQ Working Group for an illustrated one hour talk in the Prints and Drawings Study Room looking at queer aesthetics in original prints, drawings, and designs in the V&A collection by visual artists from the Art Deco period, particularly stage and costume designers George Barbier, Leon Bakst, and Erté, as well as photographers Cecil Beaton and Paul Tanqueray, and performers including revered actress Alla Nazimova, ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, and actor Rudolph Valentino.

The group will then be escorted over to a 45 minute (approx) screening of specially curated clips in the British Galleries cinema featuring excerpts from filmed productions of the era including stunning Natacha Rambova designs in the 1921 Rudolph Valentino film, ‘Camille’; costumes by George Barbier for another Valentino vehicle of 1924 entitled ‘Monsieur Beaucaire’ of 1924; and Erté’s art direction for The Hollywood Revue of 1929.

Please come to the Prints and Drawings Study Room for a start time of 3pm. The Study Room is on Level 4 of the Henry Cole Wing of the V&A. The simplest way in is to enter the building via the new Exhibition Road courtyard entrance, turn left and go through the new shop, and at the back of the new shop is the lift and stairs. The Study Room is signposted here and on level 4 from this lift. Alternatively, from the main V&A cafe, you can access the same lift by heading through the new shop towards the Sackler Centre from the west end of the main cafe.

The Museum is fully accessible from the main entrance on Cromwell Road and the new courtyard entrance on Exhibition Road.

Numbers to the Study Room must be strictly controlled so the maximum number of attendees is set at 45. Tickets are free but if you reserve one then realise you are not able to attend, please do cancel your booking to free up a ticket for somebody else. If you have any queries, please email us at lgbtq@vam.ac.uk.

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