HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT:BREAKING THE QUEER CODE IN ART
PRESENTED BY LAGUNA COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN’S OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE
OCTOBER 25, 2019 | 3:00-4:30PM | BIG BEND 14
Evidence of queer art is historically omnipresent in human culture, from the most ancient civilizations to the present. But, because homosexuality was taboo or even illegal throughout much of human history, very few queer artists expressed themselves openly, but some found creative ways to express their homoeroticism. In this lecture, you’ll discover how key artists, from Botticelli and Michelangelo to Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and David Hockney, used secret codes to encrypt gay imagery that appears in plain sight in their iconic works of art. This lecture also will reveal with stunning visuals how, in spite of repression, queer artists have revolutionized religious art, survived scandals, spearheaded art movements, and transformed mainstream culture every step of the way.
Ignacio Darnaude was born and grew up in Spain. He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to attend U.S.C.’S Film School. He received a Master’s degree in Film Business from its prestigious Peter Stark Program, where he was granted the coveted Phi Kappa Phi award.
Mr. Darnaude worked for Sony Pictures as Executive Vice President, International Marketing for 11 years. He was responsible for the strategy and creation of posters, trailers, TV spots, etc. for all major releases, including some of the highest grossing pictures in Sony’s history: The Da Vinci Code, Spider Man 3, 007 Skyfall, and more.
Prior to overseeing International Marketing at Sony Pictures, Mr. Darnaude worked as Senior Vice President of International Marketing at the Walt Disney Company. Some of the international campaigns he created in this position were Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Pearl Harbor.
In addition to his marketing responsibilities, Mr. Darnaude created and executive produced three of the highest grossing films in Mexican history: Ladies’ Night, Niñas Mal (Charm School) and Casí Divas, featuring a score by Hans Zimmer. His new project, Keeping up with the Lopezes, was recently optioned by Focus Features.
Mr. Darnaude has developed the docuseries Hiding in Plain Sight: Breaking the Queer Code in Art which shows how, in spite of enormous repression, gay artists and gay imagery in art, both openly or through secret codes, have revolutionized mainstream art and culture throughout history.
Mr. Darnaude is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, where he served as a board member of the Public Relations Committee.
For more info on his impressive background, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ignacio-darnaude-1b9b88102