QUEER BRITISH ART 1861 – 1967
MONDAY 3. APRIL 2017 | 9 am
4 April 2017 | 10 –17.15 pm
12 April 2017 | 18.45–21.30 pm
2 May 2017 | 18.45–21.30 pm
Exhibition: 5 APRIL – 1 OCTOBER 2017
Linbury Galleries, Millbank
Gluck (Hannah Gluckstein) Self-Portrait 1942
Collection & © National Portrait Gallery, London
the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art. Unveiling material that relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.
It will present work from the abolition of the death penalty for sodomy in 1861 to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in 1967 – a time of seismic shifts in gender and sexuality that found expression in the arts as artists and viewers explored their desires, experiences and sense of self.
Featuring works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed.
Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene 1864 Tate
Deeply personal and intimate works are presented alongside pieces aimed at a wider public, which helped to forge a sense of community when modern terminology of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘trans’ were unrecognised. Together, they reveal a remarkable range of identities and stories, from the playful to the political and from the erotic to the domestic.
With paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockneythe diversity of queer British art is celebrated as never before.
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