Queering the Collection: Cruising the Baths of Dürer’s Nuremberg

February 2, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Europe/London Timezone
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
Rosie Watts

A queer reading of The Bath House by Albrecht Durer. Ryan Kearney will talk through the image but through a queer ‘contemporary’ lens, importing references or ideas from queerness today to a situation where queerness didn’t necessarily exist or at least not how we understand it. The talk will focus on public sex, cruising queer spaces such as the bathhouse and how that relates to the work in 1496.

The talk takes place at 13:30 and 15:00.

Ryan Kearney (b. 1995) is an independent writer and curator based between London and Birmingham. His on-going research centres on participatory and socially engaged curatorial practices, as well as how the displaying of queer archival histories can facilitate communal and intergenerational discussions.

Ryan’s writing has appeared in this is tomorrow and In the Pink, a publication launched by Grand Union and SHOUT Festival in November 2018. Recent projects include Three Models for Change, STRYX (2018); Rainbow Flag / Trojan Horse: Ian Giles, Recent Activity (2018); and Queering the Archive, Recent Activity (2017). He assists in delivering the public programme of Recent Activity, an artist-run space based in Birmingham.