(Un)Defining Queer at The Whitworth

(Un)Defining Queer
The Whitworth
26th January 2023 – 26th November 2023

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(Un) Defining Queer
Detail from Sarah-Joy Ford, Chain Reactions, 2020 The Whitworth, The University of Manchester. Photo: Michael Pollard

This exhibition delves into the Whitworth’s collection to examine how we can use a queer lens to define what the term ‘queer’ means. Presenting collection works that have never been on display before as well as loans, the exhibition includes artists such as: Derek Jarman, Ajamu X, Niki de Saint Phalle, Dame Ethel Walker, General Idea, David Hockney, Maggie Hambling, Pearl Alcock, Keith Vaughan, Matthew Bamber, Sarah-Joy Ford, Marcantonio Raimondi, Wolfgang Tilmans, Walter Crane, Chester Tenneson, and Jez Dolan.

Co-led by an intersectional group of people who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, and asexual), the project sets out to interrogate language, histories, and narratives within the Whitworth’s practice and collections. More specifically, the project and exhibition seek to redress historic omissions that have existed as a result of heteronormative museum practice.

As part of the exhibition, visitors will be invited to contribute to the development of our ‘Queer Glossary’, which will be used to give representation and visibility to members of the LGBTQIA+ community within our collection.

In proud partnership with the LGBT Foundation.

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