LGBT+ History Month Event, in aid of Human Dignity Trust
Artist and writer Michael Petry will discuss the stories of same-sex couples in the visual arts; the ways their sexuality has influenced their work and importantly, the ways in which their stories have been hidden from view, particularly by museums.
The event will be in aid of VOMA's charity partner Human Dignity Trust, and will be introduced by Emma Eastwood, Head of Strategic Communications, who will talk about the charity's important work around the globe.
All donations will go to Human Dignity Trust.
Human Dignity Trust is the only organisation working globally to support strategic litigation to challenge laws that persecute people on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. We provide technical legal, communications and security assistance to lawyers and activists who are defending human rights in countries where private, same-sex, consensual sexual activity is criminalised.
Michael Petry (Texas, 1960) is an artist and author, he co-founded the Museum of Installation, and was Curator of the Royal Academy Schools Gallery. Petry authored Installation Art (Thames & Hudson), and Hidden Histories: 20th century male same sex lovers in the visual arts. Petry’s books The Art of Not Making: The New Artist Artisan Relationship (T&H) and Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition (T&H) were accompanied by touring exhibitions he curated. His current book is The WORD is Art (T&H). Petry was the first Artist in Residence at Sir John Soane’s Museum and his work has been shown in museums and international exhibitions including Frontiers Reimagined at the Venice Biennale (2015). Petry wrote the libretto for John Powell’s A Prussian Requiem (Royal Festival Hall, 2016) and The Prize is Still Mine written for Petry’s one man show The Touch of the Oracle at the Palm Springs Art Museum (2012).