Queering the Collection - The forgotten geniuses from design and art history

thursday evening open

Queering the Collection The forgotten geniuses from design and art history

19:00 - 20:45
Open Thursday Evening

What's the use of queer theory? How does it help the museum and other institutions? Marjanne van Helvert talks about this in her lecture about the forgotten geniuses in the history of design and art. After the lecture, Olle Lundin will take you on a queer tour by using the informational garments of the Qwearing the Collection, a tool to navigate the main art collection at the museum. We/you will explore how criticality and an intersectional approach towards art can maintain the relevance of the art in a contemporary world. 

19.00 hrs Talk Marjanne van Helvert
20:00 Qwearing the Collection tour by Olle Lundin

The lecture and tour are free when you have a valid museum entrance ticket.

Lecture Marjanne van Helvert:
Why does the history of art and design look like a history of straight, old, white guys? Who are the forgotten geniuses that have been erased from the history books, the museums, archives, and our collective memories? While working on a book on the history of social and sustainable design, editor Marjanne van Helvert found out how tricky it is to write a new history with the same old Eurocentric, malestream canon. Having a background in feminist theory, she will show examples of how women have been excluded from institutions, how they have fought back, and how queer theory can serve as a strategy for more inclusive practices.

About Marjanne:
Marjanne van Helvert is a designer and writer. She received a MA in Cultural Studies from the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in 2007, and a BDes in Textile Design from the Rietveld Academie Amsterdam in 2013. She explores the dynamics between theory and practice of design, and her main fields of interest are the relation between ethics and aesthetics, DIY practices, gender politics, utopia and dystopia. She is the editor of The Responsible Object, A History of Design Ideology for the Future (Valiz Publishers, October 2016), a book about social and sustainable design of the past. Other projects include Dirty Clothes, a DIY recycled clothing label and magazine (2017), the ongoing curtain landscape project, and her manifesto Dirty Design (2013). http://dirty-design.net/

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