Gluck: Art and Identity Symposium

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07 Feb 2018

9.30am to 5.30pm

Tickets £25 (public), £10 (UAL students, staff and Concessions)

To coincide with the exhibition ‘Gluck: Art and Identity’ at Brighton Museum, and the launch of an accompanying publication (‘Gluck: Art and Identity’, Yale University Press, 2017), LCF is hosting a symposium of the book's authors on Wednesday 07 February 2018 that will analyse the modern British artist Gluck’s life, art and dress from biographical, curatorial, material culture and art historical perspectives. It will explore an artist (1895-1978) who is now recognised as a role model in gender fluidity and identity, and a strong LGBTQ* presence in the UK socio-cultural scene of the 20th century. 

The symposium’s themes include biographical methods surrounding narratives and histories of non-gender-binary lives; curating dress and ephemera of people who express sexual and gendered identities through art and fashion; and developing new research methodologies to enhance understanding, collaboration and social cohesion through the arts, curation, fashion and literature.

Taking the chapter they have written as a starting point, the speakers will explore the presentation of the lives of people choosing to dress in non-gender-binary fashions. Gluck’s life will be presented as a case study to be explored by fashion theorist Elizabeth Wilson (LCF), Gluck biographer Diana Souhami, Sociologist Gill Clarke (Otter Gallery, University of Chichester), art historian Simon Martin (Pallant House Gallery), curator Martin Pel (Brighton Museum) and LCF’s Jeffrey Horsley and Amy de la Haye. The Drakes, a group of butches, transmen and gender rebels, will present a dialogue based on oral histories on these themes. The exhibition (until 11 March 2018) coincided with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967.  Martin Pel, Dr Jeffrey Horsley and Prof Amy de la Haye created the exhibition.

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Gluck: Art and Identity

Provisional Programme

09.00: Registration and refreshments
09.30 – 09.45: Welcome - Prof Amy de la Haye

Session 1: art and LGBTQ* biographies
09.45 – 11.00:
Diana Souhami (biographer): ‘You/We’: Gluck and Nester Obermer
Prof Gill Clarke (Otter Gallery, University of Chichester): Gluck: a life in art
11.00 – 11.15: Morning break
Session 2: Dressing the artist: absence, gender, identities
11.15 – 13.00:
Elizabeth Wilson (LCF): Dressing the Part: Masculine Tropes in Feminine Fashion
Martin Pel (RPM curator): Souvenirs of Gluck: A Collection of the Mundane?
Prof Amy de la Haye (LCF): Absent Dress: A Dress-Historical Analysis of Gluck’s Adult Dressed Appearances
13.00 – 14.00: Lunch (not included)
Session 3: Methods: exhibiting a life in art
14.00 – 15.15:
Simon Martin (Pallant House Gallery): The Individualist Artist: Gluck and Modern British Art
Dr Jeffrey Horsley (LCF): Exhibiting a Life: Gluck, Dressed Appearance and the Biographic Object
15.15 – 15.45: Afternoon break
Session 4: The Art of Identity
15.45 – 16.30:
Performance: The Drakes present extracts from The Butch Monologues, A powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories taken from interviews with butches, masculine women and transmen, living world-wide.
Laura Bridgeman.
Session 5: Plenary panel and Q&A
16.30 – 17.15

Image: Gluck by Howard Coster, 1932. Courtesy of The Fine Art Society