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27 Feb 2012

Queering the University Art Collection

Other stories: queering the university art collection, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, 27 February-5 May

“This February, in celebration of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) History Month, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery (University of Leeds) presents a special exhibition project, ‘Other Stories: Queering the University Art Collection’. With support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, artist Matt Smith has been invited to create ‘interventions’ in the Gallery, inspired by the University’s collection of materials relating to Edward Carpenter, Victorian writer, social campaigner and early gay rights activist.” (press release, full text to download below)

“Save your rhetoric: why can’t museums defend art honestly?”

“The Ashmolean Museum wants to ‘save’ Manet’s Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus” for Britain. But why do institutions feel obliged to present their own ambitions as a public service?” (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian, 27 February 2012)