Art (and) History from a Queer Perspective

[Image description: A rectangular graphic with a red background. Large black text reads "Art and History from a Queer Perspective," and small black text reads "Series 7." White text reads "Monday, May 2 - 6:00-8:00 p.m.," "Instructor: Liz Bradbury, MFA," and "Snacks by Trish Sullivan." White text reads "What's Queer about the Italian Renaissance?" The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in black, and the address "522 West Maple Street at Bayard Rustin Way, Allentown, PA 18101" is to the right of the logo in black.The right side of the graphic features eight images of ancient sculptures, paintings, and artifacts.]

NOTE: All visitors to Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center must wear a mask and present proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccination requirement ends on Monday, May 16. Please read our full vaccination policy here.

The first class of Series 7 of "Art (and) History From a Queer Perspective" focuses on what is queer about the Italian Renaissance.

Well, what is queer about the Italian Renaissance? A lot! After an explanatory discussion of the ingenious 15th century invention of persecutive, instructor Liz Bradbury, MFA will be discussing the controversial same gender-loving lives of Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, and other artists of the time. Liz will also share about the terrific paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi, the most famous woman Renaissance painter, and consider the monumental obstacles she had to endure and the extraordinary images she produced, all from a queer perspective. This presentation is a partial repeat of a class Liz Bradbury did in 2018, with some snappy additional information that includes Liz’s own family relationship with author Irving Stone, as he worked on writing the famous Michelangelo biography "The Agony and the Ecstasy."

Sit back, prepare to laugh, view slides, listen, learn about, and discuss the lives and work of LGBTQ+ artists and other key figures in history. Consider the LGBTQ+ imagery of mainstream artists in various eras. After the class, there is also a social opportunity to discuss interesting things with old friends -- or meet new ones. 

The series has drawn a diverse and intergenerational group of LGBTQ+ folks. It’s a good place to bring old friends, meet new people, or bring someone on a nice first date!

The series is free and open to the public. This event is happening in person AND virtually. If you are attending virtually, please RSVP to [email protected] so you can get the Zoom information. Themed snacks will be provided, courtesy of Trish Sullivan.

For more information about the series, contact instructor Liz Bradbury at 610-432-5449 or [email protected].

May 02, 2022 at 6:00pm - 8pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Will you come?