Featuring works from 1861–1967 that connect in a wide variety of ways with same-sex desire and gender variance across this period, Queer British Art marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. It explores different approaches of artists and audiences in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. This seminar will bring together contributions from artists, art historians and curators to investigate museological challenges and sensitivities involved in putting on an exhibition of this kind and to explore these with the audience. The seminar will present a series of short papers, provocations and breakout sessions followed by a panel discussion and opportunities for networking as well as the opportunity to visit the Queer British Art and David Hockney exhibitions. Confirmed speakers include: Jonathan Katz, Art Historian and Curator of Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture 2014; Matt Smith, Artist; Clare Barlow, Tate, Curator of Queer British Art; Caroline Gonda, University of Cambridge: Jason Edwards, University of York.
The event will be chaired by Andrew Stephenson (University of East London)Programmed by Clare Barlow, Assistant Curator British Art, 1750–1830, Tate.