A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 4th Oct 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Free entry

www.whitechapelgallery.org

The ancient Persian ruins of Persepolis were a spectacular backdrop for ‘one of the most adventurous and idiosyncratic festivals in the world’ (Artforum). The Festival of Arts was held around Shiraz, Iran every summer from 1967–1977.

A melting pot of traditional and avant-garde music, theatre and performance, the festival featured artists from both East and West, including the Beatles’ muse, sitar player Ravi Shankar and American composer John Cage, alongside Rwandan drummers and Balinese Gamelan musicians and dancers. Orghast,
a play by poet Ted Hughes and Mahin Tajadod, co-directed by Peter Brook, was staged, while Merce Cunningham’s dancers performed calisthenics among the ruins of Persepolis.

The festival came to an end with the Iranian revolution, but is now brought to life through this display of archive film and photographs, original theatre programmes and posters seen for the first time in the UK.

fig-2 @ ICA / until 20th December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday to Sunday 11am–11pm
Exhibitions 11am–6pm (Thu 11am–9pm)

@ ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Entry £1

www.fig2.co.uk
www.ica.org.uk

50 projects over 50 weeks in the ICA Studio, in association with Outset.

Openings every Monday from 6-8pm throughout 2015.

Fig-2 is a revival of the project fig-1, which was conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling in 2000. Experimental in its nature, each project was programmed only a few weeks in advance to maintain as much spontaneity as possible.

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust @ Royal Academy of Arts / until 27th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am – 6pm
Fri 10am – 10pm

@ Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Tickets: £11.50 book online

www.royalacademy.org.uk

From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Step into his beguiling world at this landmark exhibition.

Cornell hardly ventured beyond New York State, yet the notion of travel was central to his art. His imaginary voyages began as he searched Manhattan’s antique bookshops and dime stores, collecting a vast archive of paper ephemera and small objects to make his signature glass-fronted ‘shadow boxes’.

These miniature masterpieces transform everyday objects into spellbinding treasures. Together they reveal his fascination with subjects from astronomy and cinema to literature and ornithology and especially his love of European culture, from the Romantic ballet to Renaissance Italy.

Wanderlust brings together 80 of Cornell’s most remarkable boxes, assemblages, collages and films, some never before seen outside the USA. Entirely self-taught, the independence of Cornell’s creative voice won the admiration of artists from Marcel Duchamp and the Surrealists, to Robert Motherwell and the Abstract Expressionists, with echoes of his work felt in Pop and Minimalist art.

Download the ‘Exhibition in focus’ guide

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.

Sonos Studio London: Zine Vol.2 exhibition @ Protein Studios / Friday 14th August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: from 7:30am-6pm

@ Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY

Tickets: book online for free!

http://studio.sonos.com/LDN

Sonos Studio Vol.2 is the second edition of a quarterly magazine from Sonos.

Vol.2 celebrates the world of our London collaborators working in sound, music, art and technology including Giles Martin, Hudson Mohawke, Yuri Suzuki, Charlie Dark, NTS, Random International, Tom Dixon, The Royal College of Art, Roisin Murphy, 22 Tracks, Abbey Road Studios and more.

The day features interactive sound installations, Frame yoga, music, talks, art and tech talks.

Free workshops:
7:30-8:30am Frame Yoga with Frame Director Pip Black
8:30-9:30am Sonic Bells exercise

12-2pm
Yuri Suzuki Presents OTOTO
Marshmallow Laser Feast – VR
RCA SoundBoObject

CREAM Cafe: NTS Takeover:
NTS DJs 1pm-4pm

Agnes Martin @ Tate Modern / until 11th October 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sun–Thu, 10am–6pm
Fri–Sat, 10am–10pm

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tickets: £12 book online

www.tate.org.uk

Agnes Martin is perhaps most recognised for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes. Although restrained, her style was underpinned by her deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art. Martin believed that spiritual inspiration and not intellect created great work. ‘Without awareness of beauty, innocence and happiness’ Martin wrote ‘one cannot make works of art’.

Larry Bell: 2D-3D: Glass and Vapor @ White Cube / until 26th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 6pm

@ White Cube, Mason’s Yard, 25 – 26 Mason’s Yard, London SW1Y 6BU

Free entry

www.whitecube.com

Solo exhibition by Larry Bell, a leading exponent of the California ‘Light and Space’ movement.

The exhibition includes three early glass installations:

– Gone but not Forgotten (1969)

– Corner Lamp SB 8 (1981)

– ‘Standing Wall’ improvised sculpture (1994)

As well as collages on paper and new, kinetic ‘Light Knot’ sculptures.

I AM @ Blue Elephant Theatre / Friday 7th – 8th August 2015

NEW IMAGE FOR I AMTIME AND PLACE:

20:00

Blue Elephant Theatre

59a Bethwin Road,

SE5 0XT

Tickets: £8.50 (£7.00 conc. & £6.00 Southwark Residents)

www.blueelephanttheatre.co.uk

http://www.lcpdancetheatre.com

@BETCamberwell

LCP Dance Theatre presents I AM.

I Am seeks to explore the challenges facing victims of human trafficking on their road to recovery and tell their stories of re-discovering their stolen identities.  It is inspired by the true story of a couple who fell in love in their teens, and transcended the subsequent abuse they encountered when they found each other again in their seventies

I Am is a new multimedia dance production from the award-winning LCP Dance Theatre, which draws awareness to human rights violations through dance. Their previous hit show Am I was nominated for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and they are past recipients of a BBC Performing Arts Award.

The impeccable execution and the power of the visual imagery is utterly paralysing. 

“Dance stops trafficking!” they advertise. For me, their dance stopped my heartbeat.

★★★★★Threeweeks Fringe 2013 on Am I

Their bodies seemed to inhale air and exhale this choreography, it came to them with such ease and you could feel the energy breathing from them

★★★★ Broadway Baby Fringe 2014 on Am I

LCP Dance Theatre was formed in 2006 and is led by Polish Artistic Director Joanna Puchala who is based in London. It is a multi-media and multi-ethnic dance company that uses live performance and film to raise awareness of human rights violations.

 

 

The London Open @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 6th September 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 11am-6pm
Thursday 11am-9pm

@ Galleries 1, 8 & 9,  Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Free entry

www.whitechapelgallery.org

Presenting the most innovative art made across the Capital. Discover the latest trends in contemporary art, and see paintings and sculptures, film and photography from 48 artists working in London today.

A panel of high profile art world figures selected the artists from a record number of 2,133 applicants!

STOREYS launch party @ White City / opening Friday 31st July 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 5-11pm
Saturday 11am–11pm
Sunday 11am-8pm

@ Television Centre, 56 Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ

www.storeys.london

London’s newest rooftop bar featuring high end street food on top of the former BBC Car Park at Television Centre in White City.

A summer terrace hotspot with striking artwork, UK’s best street food traders and fantastic cocktails in an urban setting.

Spread over two levels with amazing sweeping views of west London from Friday to Sunday.