Trace the creative momentum of a superpower in this major new exhibition.
The past six decades have been among the most dynamic and turbulent in US history, from JFK’s assassination, Apollo 11 and Vietnam to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics. Responding to the changing times, American artists produced prints unprecedented in their scale and ambition.
Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by the most celebrated American artists. From Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg to Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu – all boldly experimented with printmaking. Experience this extraordinary history through their eyes.
Taking inspiration from the world around them – billboard advertising, global politics, Hollywood and household objects – American artists created highly original prints to rival their paintings and sculptures. Printmaking brought their work to a much wider and more diverse audience.
The sheer inventiveness and technical ingenuity of their prints reflects America’s power and influence during this period. Many of these works also address the deep divisions in society that continue to resonate with us today – there are as many American dreams as there are Americans.
This exhibition presents the Museum’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary American prints for the first time. These will be shown with important works from museums and private collections around the world.
WAVEY THINGS is the first solo exhibition by London-based illustrator Bans. Celebrating and questioning aspects of modern youth culture, Bans’ work playfully explores the lifestyle that revolves around fame, pop, hip hop & rap, and social media. Her fragmented, pastel-infused world is inhabited by hip hop icons, rabbit-boys, dog-puffs and other anthropomorphic characters – finding life in ceramic sculptures, skateboard graphics and apparel.
The show will includes a series of custom skate decks, range of urbanwear (including hand-painted one-off garments) and a set of 100 hand-sculpted and painted ceramic hip hop/ rap musicians – a homage to contemporary urban youth culture. A blend of hip hop, skate culture, fashion and art.
Almost Legal Productions present a stage production of the cult comedy classic.
Following the action of the film expect vinyl throwing, cricket bats and loads of zombies! Shout along with your favourite one-liners, unashamedly enjoy the song and dance moments and best of all bash as many undead as you can!
For those who haven’t seen the film here’s a quick summary:
Life is going nowhere for Shaun. He spends his life in his local pub, with his best mate Ed, has issues with his Mum and Step-Dad, and things aren’t running too smoothly with his girlfriend Liz. When Liz dumps him, Shaun finally decides to get his life in order. He must win back her heart, repair his relationship with his Mum and face up to his responsibilities. Unfortunately, there is a slight problem with the world being taken over by Zombies.
Major new film installation by Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Mangan that continues his recent investigations into the relationship between energy and social transformation.
Ancient Lights is the first solo exhibition of Mangan’s work in the UK and comprises two new films, presented within a specially conceived installation powered entirely by an on-site solar PV system. This new work is the culmination of Mangan’s extended research into the physical and conceptual power of the sun, and the role that it has played in human economy, culture and technology throughout history.
The amazing Nina will be bringing her spectacular feat of ventriloquism to London’s renowned West End.
See her exceptionably entertaining take on ventriloquism and the show almost entirely improvised!
Nina really needs no introduction, having won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without even moving her lips.
Now Nina will use the skills and wit for which she is loved, to bring a new comedy experience to the West End. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face, creating a different show each night by plucking inspiration from the audience.
With the help of Monkey and a bag of tricks, truly anything can happen in this unmissable improvised adventure of hilarious witchery.
In a housing crisis, a young couple are offered a home of their own. But at what price?
The world premiere of this provocative new play by Mike Bartlett invites us to spy on a family as they embark upon a dangerous new way to live.
Game audiences will see the Almeida auditorium radically transformed in a production that offers an unnervingly intimate viewing experience.
The production reunites writer Mike Bartlett (Earthquakes in London, Cock, King Charles III) with acclaimed director-designer duo Sacha Wares and Miriam Buether (Wild Swans, Sucker Punch, My Child, generations).
11 performances for a limited period this October and November of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the English National Opera, filled with Mozart’s glorious music with the conductor Jaime Martin who returns to ENO following his debut last year in Rossini’s Barber of Seville.
The classic story features Figaro the Count’s valet as he tries to wed Susanna the Countesses’s maid. There’s sexual intrigue, mistaken identities and unexpected revelations. This Mozart classic premiered 2011 and for the first time since it is back!
Actress, Fiona Shaw’s staging is stylish, witty, with a rotating maze-like set and stunning period costumes.
Based in the iconic Coliseum venue in the heart of London (near Charing Cross and Leicester Square), featuring glorious Edwardian architecture.
David Stout and Mary Bevan star as servants Figaro and Susanna, with Benedict Nelson as Count Almaviva and Sarah-Jane Brandon as the wronged Countess.
Sung and surtitled in English
Running time 3 hours and 20 minutes
Post sponsored by English National Opera with our recommendations.
Due to unprecedented demand, the production has been extended until 23 August 2014 (previously 19th July 2014).
George Orwell’s 1984, published in 1949, is one of the most influential novels in recent history, with its chilling depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance and incessant public mind-control. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell’s fiction is often said to be our reality.
Filtering the spirit and the ambition of the novel through the lens of contemporary culture, this radical new staging explores surveillance culture, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.