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	Image: Philip Pearlstein Andy Warhol in New York City c1949 (detail), Philip Pearlstein papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Queer Thinking symposium: Queer Warhol

Celebrate the contribution of the LGBTQI community to the arts

In association with the exhibition Adman: Warhol before pop, we’re presenting Queer Warhol, part of the Queer Thinking symposium with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

In this special event with a lecture by art historian Richard Meyer and a panel discussion with Australian contemporary artists, we’ll look at how the legacy of Andy Warhol continues to shape the work of LGBTQI artists on the global stage.

Richard Meyer: What Warhol taught me

Warhol’s art has never before been more widely exhibited, published, or licensed for commercial use, product design, and branding than it is today. For all the artist’s promiscuous visibility and global cachet at the current moment, there is a great deal that we do not — that we cannot — see about his art and the conditions of its making. By looking at never-before-shown photographs and contact sheets, Richard Meyer will offer a meditation on that failure to see and seek to expand our sense of Warhol’s work and world, particularly in terms of queer experience and possibility.

Panel discussion: Andy and me

Hosted by Barry Keldoulis, a panel featuring artists Josh Feeney, Deborah Kelly, Claudia Nicholson and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran will discuss the influences of both Warhol and their queer identities on their artistic practices.

This event will be Auslan interpreted for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

About the speakers

Richard Meyer is Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor of Art History at Stanford University. He teaches courses in 20th-century American art, the history of photography, arts censorship and the first amendment, curatorial practice, and gender and sexuality studies. His books include What was contemporary art?, a study of the idea of 'the contemporary’ in early 20th-century American art, and, with Catherine Lord, Art and Queer culture, a survey focusing on the dialogue between visual art and non-normative sexualities from 1885 to the present.

Barry Keldoulis started his career in New York where he worked as the private secretary and chief of staff for the city’s commissioner of cultural affairs, who was also the first curator of 20th-century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Back in Australia after 15 years in America and Europe, he worked at Djamu (part of the Australian Museum dedicated to exhibiting the Indigenous collections alongside contemporary Indigenous art) then as a senior manager of collections development for Sherman Galleries. In 2003, he opened his own gallery to fill a gap, between artist-run spaces and major commercial galleries, for young artists to exhibit. In 2013 he was appointed CEO and director of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s international art fair. He was also chairman of the National Association for the Visual Arts, resigning in 2016 to run as a federal Senate candidate for the Arts Party.

Josh Feeney is the founder of My People | My Tribe, a community group focused on telling and sharing LGBTQI stories. In 2016 he created #barenakedtruth, a photo project of nude portraits of LGBTQI people sharing their honest stories, in response to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. He continues to expand the project around the world, with the aim of humanising the issues facing the LGBTQI community, and it will feature as the face of Mardi Gras 2017.

Deborah Kelly is a Sydney-based artist whose work has been shown around Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas, including in the biennales of Sydney, TarraWarra, Venice, Singapore and Thessaloniki. Her projects across media are concerned with lineages of representation, politics and history in public exchange. She won the 2015 Cayte Latta Award for LGBTI Visual Arts, 2013 Redlands Art Prize Audience Award, 2012 Albury Art Prize, 2009 Fisher’s Ghost Award, 2009 Screengrab International New Media Art Award and, with, the 2004 WINK Award. Her memorial work Tank Man Tango was shortlisted for the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest, and her collaboration with Tina Fiveash, Hey, Hetero!, won the 2001 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Visual Art Award. Her epic collaborative collage portrait project No Human Being Is Illegal (in all our glory) is touring Australian regional galleries until 2018.

Claudia Nicholson is a Sydney-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores her position amongst Australian, Latino and Amerindian cultures. A new commission will be on display at Carriageworks in The National 2017: new Australian art. In 2014 she participated in the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Beijing studio residency with Shen Shaomin. In 2015 she was awarded the Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship, undertaking research in Guatemala on sawdust carpets and in Los Angeles on Cholo and Chicano cultures. In 2016 she won the sculpture category of the Fisher’s Ghost Award, undertook a residency at Casula Power House, participated in the safARI festival, produced work for Dark Mofo at MONA, and worked on the Women of Fairfield project, commissioned by C3West, Museum of Contemporary Art, Powerhouse Youth Theatre and the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors.

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran is a Sydney-based artist whose work will be on display at Carriageworks in The National 2017: new Australian art. He has exhibited in various contexts, including at the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art as well as solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and Shepparton Art Museum. His work is held in various collections, including the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Shepparton Art Museum and Artbank. In 2014, he was awarded a NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for emerging artists. In 2015, he won the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australia’s premier award for artists working in the medium of ceramics.

Image: Philip Pearlstein Andy Warhol in New York City c1949 (detail), Philip Pearlstein papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday 25 February 2017, 1pm

$30 adult
$28 concession
$26 member (AGNSW or SGLMG)
Plus $2 online transaction fee
Includes a ticket to the exhibition

Important note
Adman exhibition tickets are dated and timed, so you will need to specify a date and time between Saturday 25 and Tuesday 28 February when booking for the symposium.

Book online via qtix

Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre

Related exhibition: Adman

Related program: Mardi Gras meets Warhol

An associated event of
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2017