Tate Britain 2017: Queer British Art
This spring, Tate Britain will host their first exhibition dedicated to queer British art.
Unveiling material that relates to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.
Presenting work from the abolition of the death penalty for sodomy in 1961 to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in 1967 - these pieces present the views of seismic shifts in gender and sexuality that found expression in the arts as artists and viewers explored their desires, experiences and sense of self.
Work from 1861 to 1967 by artists with diverse sexualities and gender identities will be showcased, and will range from covert images of same-sex desire to the open appreciated of queer culture. It can be said that most of the work on display at this showcase has been produced in a time when the terms gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans were taboo and had little public recognition.
Queer British art will show how artists and audiences challenged the established views of sexuality and gender identity between two legal landmarks. Some of the works in the show are intensely personal whilst others speak to a wider public, helping to forge a sense of community.