The World We Live In: Contemporary Photography and Queerness with Drew Sawyer

The World We Live In: Contemporary Photography and Queerness with Drew Sawyer

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Contemporary Photography and Queerness with Drew Sawyer from Self Publish, Be Happy on Vimeo.


Thursday, 15 October 2020
Milan 6pm / London 5pm / NYC 12 noon / Los Angeles 9am / Shanghai 12 midnight
2-hour Masterclass
Live on Zoom

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Art historian and curator Drew Sawyer will present a masterclass on the intersections of queerness and contemporary photography. How did photography help shape LGBT subjectivities and communities during the “gay liberation movement” of the 1960s and 1970? Subsequently, how have queerness and photography troubled our understanding of gender and sexuality? What does queer mean in the 21st century, and how can photography advance its aims?
Sawyer will consider the writings of Judith Butler, Cathy J. Cohen, Michel Foucault and David Getsy, along with the photographic work of artists including Paul Mpagi Sepuya, A.L. Steiner, and Carrie Yamaoka.


Drew Sawyer is an art historian and a curator, and the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator at the Brooklyn Museum. His recent exhibitions include Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston (2018), Garry Winogrand: Color (2019), Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha (2019), and Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 (2019), for which he and his co-curators received the Association of Art Museum Curators’ Award for Excellence. He is a contributor to Aperture, Artforum, Mousse, and OSMOS, and has written on the works of Darrel Ellis, Buck Ellison, Elle Pérez, and Allan Sekula. He holds a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University.

This class will take place on Zoom. Those who register to attend will receive an email with a link to join the lecture through a computer or mobile device prior to the program start time. We recommend participants download the Zoom app on their device prior to the program.

The ticket includes free access to the recording of the class on Vimeo On Demand and a reading list curated by the speaker.

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