Art History from a Queer Perspective - 5 Free Classes at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center


Art History from a Queer Perspective

5 Free Classes

December 14 - January 11 

Thursdays -  6pm to 8pm

Held at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center

522 West Maple Street, Allentown, PA 18101

Instructor Liz Bradbury, MFA

Open to EVERYONE, no cost, no registration - just walk in, no prior knowledge of Art History necessary, no need to attend every class if your schedule does not permit. 

Sit back, view slides, listen, learn about and discuss the lives and work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists. And consider the LGBTQ imagery of mainstream artists in various periods of history. This is also a social opportunity to discuss interesting things with old friends, or meet new ones in this exciting free 5 session class at the LGBT Community Center. 

For more information about Art History from a Queer Perspective classes at the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center  - email Instructor Liz Bradbury or feel free to call her any time at 610-432-5449.

Here’s a brief description of each class:

December 14, 2017
1st Class in the Series  -  Ancient Artists and Queer Images
This first class will cover LGBTQ images and figures in pre-history cave panting, Egyptian tomb decorations, ancient Greece and Rome - including Greek redware and mythology. The class will also touch on the controversial Warren Cup, the Han and Ming Dynasties, Ancient Hindu Temple carvings and other ancient cultures. We’ll also discuss some basic information about timelines, art history vocabulary, and vocabulary that describes the LGBTQ population.
December 21, 2017
2nd Class in the Series: The 1800s - Lesbian Artists in Rome, LGBT Imagery in Impressionist Paris. 
Beginning in the 1840s, women sculptors, writers, and actors congregated in Rome to learn and practice their craft. Many of them were out Lesbians. In this class, we’ll be learning about and discussing key LGBT figures among these artists, including: Sculptor and writer Anne Whitney and her partner Abby Manning, sculptors Emma Stebbins and Harriet Hosmer, the fascinating story of Edmonia Lewis who is considered the first famous American Black sculptor; and their patron Charlotte Cushman, and in Paris, Rosa Bonheur and Anna Klumpke. We’ll also touch on LGBT themed works by Impressionist and Post Impressionists painters in 1860s Paris including Degas, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

December 28, 2017 
3rd Class in the Series  - Early 20th Century American LGBTQ Modernists
This class will consider the work of artists like Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Grant Wood; Illustrators like Maud Hunt Squire and Joseph Christian Leyendecker; the groundbreaking imagery and life of Georgia Okeeffe and other New Mexico Artists;  and other more abstract modernists like Marsden Hartley and Charles Demuth. These were all part of the Queer world. LGBT culture and sensibility influenced their creative output. We will be exploring their lives and work in this class.

January 4, 2018 
4th Class in the Series  - Gertrude Stein and Her Circle
Gertrude fueled the avant-garde. Stein’s own vision and her influence on the Cone sisters helped finance the genius artists of her circle, helping to establish those artists as the superstars of their time. Stein’s life and actions are inextricably tied to her sexual orientation, and the sexual orientations and gender identities of those whom she gathered, discovered, influenced, and encouraged. This exciting class will explore Stein’s relationships, and the art world of Paris between the wars.

January 11, 2018 
5th Class in the Series  -  Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art — New York City was the center of the art world after WWII. LGBT artists were significant in the first wave of the macho-male dominated Abstract Expressionist movement, and especially in the second wave, and had a dominant place in the commercial image driven Pop Art Movement. What made these images so vital to American society and how did we progress from Pollock to Warhol? Let’s see.