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​Salon: Buildings and Bodies in Paris and London

sunset painting of Westminster

Giuseppe De Nittis
Westminster 1878
Private Collection

Join us for an intimate discussion about gender, sexuality and the city

Inspired by The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London, this salon-style discussion considers how gender and sexuality have shaped experiences of London and Paris. Featuring contributions from London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé and the writer Lauren Elkin (author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City), and the urban theorist Adam Kaasa (Research Fellow in Architecture at the Royal College of Art). The evening will include a private view of the exhibition.


Lauren Elkin is a Franco-American writer and translator, most recently the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City (Chatto & Windus), which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and a New York Times Notable Book of 2017. With Charlotte Mandell, she recently co-translated Claude Arnaud's biography of Jean Cocteau, which was awarded the French-American Foundation's Translation Award in 2017. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, frieze, and the Paris Review Daily, among other publications, and she is a contributing editor at The White Review.

Adam Kaasa is an interdisciplinary scholar who specialises in the politics of the city, foregrounding the role of architecture and design. He completed his PhD as a SSHRC Scholar at the London School of Economics and is currently a Research Fellow in Architecture at the Royal College of Art. He is also a founding Fellow of Theatrum Mundi. His research and teaching interests include critical and urban theory to consider public space, the postcolonial and negotiations of capital in late modernity, as they touch ground in the practices of architecture.

Amy Lamé has a long and successful track record as a broadcaster, trailblazer and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She was appointed London’s first Night Czar in 2016 by the Mayor Sadiq Khan to help boost London’s flourishing 24hr cultural scene. In January 2018 Amy will be joining the BBC Radio 6 Music family hosting her own show every Sunday 4-6pm. A well know voice to Londoners, Amy co-presented Danny Baker’s legendary SONY award winning shows on BBC Radio London for 10 years.

Amy co-founded the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie in 1995. She continues to host the club every Saturday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and DJs at various other nights across the capital. She co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Grade II listed Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBTQ+ Movement – the first book of its kind for young people – was published by Hachette in May 2017.

Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a Londoner for 25 years.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.

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Date & Time

19 January 2018 at 18.45–20.45