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On Demand: ‘Them’: 1970s London and proto-postmodernism


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.  

This is a recording of the online event, ‘Them’: 1970s London and proto-postmodernism, which originally took place live on 18 December 2020 via Microsoft Teams.

All our online events are recorded via Microsoft Teams and last around 75 minutes. Once you have completed your purchase, you will receive an order confirmation, followed by an email containing a unique link to stream this recording via YouTube. Please allow 1 hour for the email containing your unique link to arrive. Your Event On Demand will be available to stream for 3 months from the date of your purchase.