Art History From a Queer Perspective: The Post Impressionists


Art History from a Queer Perspective Series 5 of four classes, Winter 2019-2020  Four stand alone free classes in a row, 6pm to 8pm (doors open at 5:30pm) in the Community Room of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.  Open to EVERYONE, FREE, no registration – just walk in, no prior knowledge of art history necessary, no need to attend every class if your schedule does not permit – each class is stand alone. AND THEMED SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED!!!

Class 1 — Thursday, December 5, 2019
Mary Cassatt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Modersohn-Becker, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and why Renoir is dull
Brilliant painter Mary Cassatt was the only women included in the earliest shows of the French Impressionists. She, and Paula Modersohn-Becker, and the very few other single, professionally trained women artists working in Paris in the late 19th century were part of the “New Woman” movement. Was she able to advance and flourish in part because she lived an asexual life, or was “New Woman” code for Queer? Meanwhile brilliant Post Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh’s relationship with exotic painter and somewhat creepy human Paul Gauguin, might had been more than just painting buddies. And then there’s Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who was best friends with the Lesbian sex workers who lived in the brothel he also called home. Come to this class, consider these artists from a Queer Perspective, and also see why I think Impressionist painter Auguste Renoir is kind of dull. And of course there will be fabulous snacks by Trish Sullivan!

Sit back, view slides, listen, learn about and discuss the lives and work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer artists. Consider the LGBTQ imagery of mainstream artists in various periods of history. And after the class there is also a social opportunity with themed snacks, to discuss interesting things with old friends, or meet new ones in this exciting free 4 session class at the LGBT Community Center. This is a popular class attended by a diverse and intergenerational group of about 40-45 LGBTQA folks per class. It’s fun and funny – a good place to bring old friends, or meet new friends, or bring someone on a nice first date!

Instructor: Liz Bradbury, MFA. For more information, email her at

This is a sober social event at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. No alcohol will be served. 

December 05, 2019 at 6pm – 8pm

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