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Clare Barlow: Queer British art, 1861-1967

University of Bristol

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 from 18:15 to 19:15 (GMT)

Clare Barlow: Queer British art, 1861-1967

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Autumn Art Lectures 2017: The art of revolutions

Queer British Art, 1861-1967

 

What is queer art?  An object through which an artist explores their own identity or an object that is seen as queer by an audience?  How did artists and collectors use art to express their sexualities and gender identities at a time when terms such as ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, and ‘trans’ weren’t widely recognised and sex between men was against the law?  This talk will focus on the period between the end of the death penalty for bugger in 1861 and the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967, a period which saw radical change in society, the arts and understandings of the self.

 

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Clare Barlow was curator of the exhibition ‘Queer British Art, 1861-1967’, Tate Britain, 5 April-1 October 2017.  Featuring works relating to diverse gender identities and sexualities including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+), the show marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England.  Clare has a longstanding research interest in the relationship between art, society, sexuality and gender.  She has been recently appointed Project Curator for the Medicine Now galleries at the Wellcome Collection.

The concepts of ‘art’ and ‘revolution’ intersect in many and various ways. This year’s Autumn Art Lecture Series explores some of them. It does this in the year of the anniversary of one of the world’s most profound revolutions, that of Russia in 1917 - our lecture on this, given by John Milner the curator of the Royal Academy exhibition (2017), takes place on its exact anniversary, according to the Gregorian calendar 7 November (25 October Julian).  Other lectures address art and the Chinese cultural revolution (Robert Bickers), the visual culture of the French revolution (Valerie Mainz), and more diverse revolutionary topics such as the representational revolution of the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art (at Tate Britain 5 April – October 1st 2017), given by its curator Claire Barlow; the revolution in the presentation of art on television represented by Kenneth Clark’s Civilization in 1969, given by the presenter of the new series Civilizations David Olusoga. We start with the American artist Molly Crabapple talking about the role of contemporary art as weapon of protest and revolution. 

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Wills Memorial Building

BS8 1TH Bristol
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 from 18:15 to 19:15 (GMT)


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