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The Queering the Collection series of highlights provides a platform to publish various interpretations of works in the collection that disrupt the traditional production of art canons.

Marcus Baron Young is a first-year PhD student in Cultural Studies whose research interests are rooted in visual culture and queer masculinity. For his master’s thesis, he studied the nature of fluid masculinity through the male nude bodies photographed by George Platt Lynes (1907–1955), an American fashion photographer for Vogue and other high-culture magazines. Under the mentorship of Dr Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Bader Curator of European Art, and Dr Jennifer Kennedy, Assistant Professor in Art History and Art Conservation, Young’s PhD research will inquire how queer practices of spectatorship, as methods of critical engagement, can reveal new and inclusive interpretations of historical artworks.

This collection highlight was prepared during a practicum placement supervised by Dr Sebastian De Line, Associate Curator, Care and Relations, in consultation with Dr Suzanne van de Meerendonk, Bader Curator of European Art.

Digital Project Coordinator: Danuta Sierhuis
Copy Editing: Alicia Boutilier, Sebastian De Line and Suzanne van de Meerendonk
Photography: Bernard Clark
Videography: Jay Middaugh
Wordmark Design: Vincent Perez
Motion Graphic: Tara Pelow
Design: Kelsey Blackwell with Jessica Atkinson and Jonathan Gallivan

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