The Institute of Sexology @ Wellcome Collection and Library / until 20th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00 – 18:00
Thu 10:00 – 22:00
Sun 11:00 – 18:00

@ Wellcome Collection and Library, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Free entry

www.wellcomecollection.org

A candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. Undress your mind and join us to investigate human sexuality at ‘The Institute’, the first of our longer exhibitions. Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, this is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex.

From Alfred Kinsey’s complex questionnaires to the contemporary National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), ‘The Institute of Sexology’ investigates how the practice of sex research has shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity. Moving between pathologies of perversion and contested ideas of normality, it shows how sex has been observed, analysed and questioned from the late 19th century to the present day.

‘The Institute of Sexology’ tells the complex and often contradictory story of the study of sex through its pioneers, including Magnus Hirschfeld, Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Mead, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, and the team behind Natsal. It highlights the profound effect that the gathering and analysis of information can have in changing attitudes and lifting taboos.

The show features contemporary artworks exploring sexual identity by artists Zanele Muholi, John Stezaker, Sharon Hayes and Timothy Archibald. A new commission by artist Neil Bartlett will revisit the sex survey, joining visitors with the hundreds of thousands of anonymous participants whose personal accounts underpin the study of sex.

Festival of Love @ Southbank Centre / until 31st August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Free and paid activities and exhibitions

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

A summer of love-themed activities, performances, music, exhibitions and free events as hundreds of artists, communities and partners come together to create an unforgettable summer.

Enjoy the Thames-side site transformed by several large-scale indoor and outdoor installations, interactive artworks and unique pop-ups to spend time in with your friends and loved-ones.

Women Fashion Power @ Design Museum / until 26th April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am – 5.45pm

@ Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD

Tickets: £13 (entry to the museum, three exhibitions) book online

www.designmuseum.org

Designed by the world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, this exhibition brings together exclusive interviews, an immersive multimedia journey and unique historic pieces of clothing to form the most wide-ranging presentation of modern fashion ever to be shown in the UK. Discover how women from Dame Vivienne Westwood to Natalie Massenet and Princess Diana to Anne Hidalgo have used fashion as an important tool of self-expression and empowerment to build reputation, attract attention and assert authority.

Mac Conner: A New York Life @ House of Illustration / until 28th June 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm

@ House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

Tickets: £7 book online

www.houseofillustration.org.uk

Featuring over 70 original works by McCauley ‘Mac’ Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America’s golden age of advertising.

This is the first time the work of one of New York’s original ‘Mad Men’ has been the subject of a major exhibition in the UK.

In the 1940s – 1960s, Conner’s captivating advertising and editorial illustrations graced the pages of major magazines and helped shape the image of postwar America. One of the influential group of commercial artists at the heart of Manhattan’s thriving advertising and publishing scene, Conner’s hand-painted illustrations capture the style and spirit of a pivotal era in American history.

Mac Conner: A New York Life will present Conner’s published work alongside reference photos and preliminary designs, a selection of fiction stories accompanied by illustrations from Conner and his contemporaries, advertising tearsheets for major clients such as Ford, United Airlines and AT&T, correspondence letters with editors and art directors and more – presenting a window on the dynamic world of the illustrators who created the look of a generation.

Ghosts: how we live in the future @ The Fine Art Society Contemporary / until 10th April 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm

@ The Fine Art Society Contemporary, 148 New Bond Street
London W1S 2JT

Free entry

www.faslondon.com

A group exhibition of six contemporary artists whose practice looks at the social effects of urban regeneration.

Exploring the failed project of modernism with a special focus on London, through each of the artists’ own perspective and insight. Class and politics are bound up in architecture, and each of these artists explores the current social consequences of urban regeneration.

The title of the show refers to a London that never came to be, to the intentions of Modernism that never quite played out. The idyll of post-war renewal through architecture now leaves itself open to decay, overgrowth and unchecked development. Simply put, this isn’t what the Future was supposed to look like. These artists present the experience of living in the remnants, in a memorial to Modernism, as renewal is replaced by ‘regeneration’.

The subject of regeneration is particularly prescient; some of London’s treasured cultural markers are under threat from an apparently exponential building project.

The recent ‘destruction’ of the Paolozzi mosaics at Tottenham Court Road and closure of Soho’s cultural centres are examples that have raised debate around the threat of homogenisation, which London has always resisted.

These artists react to the phenomenon of the city with particular insight and erudition;it is only fitting that this conversation is carried out at the Fine Art Society, along-time resident at London’s cultural heart.

Royal Opera House live screening season @ May Fair Hotel / until June 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London W1J 8LT

Tickets: from £29 per person for a performance ticket, programme and a glass of Prosecco in the interval book online

www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

An enchanting evening of classical ballet or opera in the luxurious setting of The May Fair Hotel screening room.

The hotel is partnering with Royal Opera House to offer an unforgettable experience of watching The Royal Ballet Company or The Royal Opera Company perform one of the greatest classics.

Swan Lake (Tuesday 17th March)
One of the most classic love stories of all time for an enchanted night of romance and heartbreak, good and evil, reality and illusion.

La Fille Mal Gardèe (Tuesday 5th May)
Experience an evening of wonder and joy watching ‘La Fille Mal Gardèe’, a ballet of rural bliss laced with good humour that will put a spectacular spring in your step as summer approaches.

La Bohème (Tuesday 10th June)
An evening set in bohemian Paris filled with romance.

Guests are also invited to enjoy a two course set dinner at the May Fair Kitchen. Treat yourself to the dinner and screening package, which also includes a programme and a glass of Prosecco for £49 per person.

Richard Serra @ Gagosian Gallery / extended until Wednesday 4th March 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue–Sat 10-6

@ Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JD

Free entry

www.gagosian.com

Richard Serra was born in San Francisco in 1938. He studied at the University of California (Berkeley and Santa Barbara) and at Yale University. He has lived in New York since 1966. His first solo exhibitions were held at Galleria La Salita, Rome (1966), and at the Leo Castelli Warehouse, New York (1969). His first solo museum exhibition was presented at Pasadena Art Museum (1970). Serra has since participated in several Documenta exhibitions (Kassel, 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1987), and in the Venice Biennales of 1980, 1984, 2001, and 2013. Serra’s work has been shown in numerous solo museum exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1977); Centre Pompidou, Paris (1984); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1986 and 2007); and other museums in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. In 2005, eight large-scale works were permanently installed at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. A traveling survey of Serra’s drawings was on view in 2011–12 at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Menil Collection, Houston. In April 2014, Serra installed a major permanent landscape sculpture in the desert of the Brouq Nature Reserve in western Qatar.

Chinese New Year @ Central London, Chinatown and West End / Sunday 22nd February 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Central London, Chinatown and West End

www.visitlondon.com

Celebrate Chinese New Year in London – the biggest festivities outside Asia at the festival in Chinatown and the West End.

Anti-Valentine’s party with Tinder @ Bounce / Valentine’s Day Saturday 14th February 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00-03:00

@ Bounce, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD

Tickets: from £5 book online

www.bouncepingpong.com

Following the resounding success of the two previous year’s Anti Valentine Party, couple’s seeking a night of candle-lit schmaltz on Saturday 14th February 2015, should look for other entertainment options, as Bounce will be teaming up with Tinder to create the biggest Anti-Valentine’s Party this year!

To stop any awkward slow dancing moments,party-goers can shake their sexy selves on the dance floor to dance tracks from DJ Mighty Atom (4 x winner UK DMC Team championships, 2nd in the DJ World Championship 2006). Or if your dancing’s not quite up to scratch, take part in our Tinder inspired games tables organised by the rambunctious Bounce Games Makers.

  • No couples
  • No red
  • No flowers
  • No hearts
  • No PDAs
  • No emotional outbursts
  • No pet names
  • No sharing dessert
  • No winking
  • No whispering