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


15 October 2020

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 ApertureArtforumMousse, 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.

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