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‘Them’: 1970s London and Proto-postmodernism

Friday 18 December | 1pm - 2:30pm | £5 | ONLINE EVENT

Join the Museum’s Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft, for this illustrated talk on a transgressive group of artists and designers in 1970s London.

In 1976, a month before The Sex Pistols released Anarchy in the U.K., cultural historian Peter York identified a group he dubbed ‘Them’. According to York, to be part of this group was to be involved in ‘a mysterious aesthetic conspiracy’ concerned with looking ‘interesting rather than sexy’.

This high-fashion, high-art scene was a loose collective that included designers such as Miss Mouse and Zandra Rhodes and artists Andrew Logan, Duggie Fields, and Derek Jarman. Based in London, members of the group were early forerunners of postmodernism, or proto-postmodernism. This talk will explore the sensibilities shared by the group, their methodologies as a force in the arts and their influence on punk.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Ticket: £5.00

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This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience. The talk starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session at the end. If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch via our contact form. Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.

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