Hear the untold stories of enslaved people and learn about historical and contemporary slavery.
Historical and contemporary slavery.
A beautiful building housing one of the UK's finest collections of fine and decorative art.
Paintings, Wedgwood and Chinese ceramics.
Uncover objects from the Titanic, find out about life at sea and learn about the port of Liverpool.
The Titanic, life at sea and Liverpool's port.
This museum tells the story of Liverpool with diverse exhibits housed in a stunning building.
Liverpool's history and popular culture.
Explore a Victorian merchant's house with its period furniture and beautiful paintings.
Paintings, vintage fashion and furniture.
Beautiful paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day.
Paintings, sculpture and decorative art.
Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!
World cultures, space and live creatures.
Queering art history explores artworks through a 'queer' lens. 'Queering' is a term that has recently been reclaimed by part of the LGBT community. It is used to describe the reinterpretation of a cultural work or a person’s life story in specific relation to sexual orientation or gender. Museum curators may, for example, seek to queer their collections in order to bring to light aspects of an object that have previously been hidden, perhaps owing to social taboos.
Queering can also refer to a strategic approach used by artists that involves deliberately repositioning or altering existing objects, so that the audience are invited to look at them from a different perspective. In 2008 at the Walker Art Gallery, for example, artist Wolfgang Tillmans staged an intervention in which he placed William Hamo Thornycroft's sculpture, 'The Mower', opposite a photograph of a young punk, so that the two men were gazing at each other. This shifted the emphasis from The Mower’s occupation as a farmhand and instead drew attention to his body as a subject of admiration.
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