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.
One & Other explores the duality that emerges from the daily performing of a persona other than ourselves. The show constitutes a spatial experiment in which the concept of the stage is used as a metaphor to investigate this duality. A parallel is drawn between the dynamic of an actor and their performed role onstage and our relationship to our projected personas on social media platforms. From this starting point the exhibition questions, through a range of contemporary artworks of different mediums, the permanence of our identity, what influences it, the multiple shapes it takes and our relationship towards the other self.
“Self-identity has been questioned and explored constantly throughout the history of culture; it has been a clear generative force for much of the creativity in the world. Self-portraiture used to be the way artists explored their own selves, but the world keeps changing. Technology evolves furiously, people’s desires transform constantly. In this context, our virtual presence in digital platforms forces our identity to divide itself into who we are in reality and who we perform to be.” – the curatorial team
January 20th 2017 is the day that President-elect Trump takes office. Unbeknownst to many, January 20th also happens to be the day Ice Cube rapped about in his seminal song It Was A Good Day.
A group of artists are celebrating Ice Cube and his positive song with an exhibition dedicated to It Was A Good Day.
It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube was released in 1992, and using the song’s lyrics and historic events—like the debut date of Yo! MTV Raps and results of games between the Lakers and Sonics—Donovan Strain from Murk Avenue concluded that Ice Cube’s “good day” was Jan. 20, 1992.
Street food specialists, KERB, are joining forces with whisky mavericks, Monkey Shoulder, to bring your a next level Burns Night that makes January 2017 something to get excited about!!!
For two magical nights, KERB and Monkey Shoulder will be transforming The Biscuit Factory into a humdinger of a Clubhoos to celebrate the great Rabbie Burns.
One-off Scottish street food creations from 5 ⭐️ KERBanists, huge live electric Ceilidh, whisky den + cocktails galore, the addressing of the haggis, highland themed games and a poetry slam corner, all set in a secret Bermondsey warehouse.
The Wild Game Co – Haggis Scotch eggs; Haggis Mac n Cheese
Hilarious dark-comedy at one of London’s best theatre venues in north London. Great mix of actors from TV comedy shows.
The story is contemporary and silly. Jokes about terrorism, animal rights and six-foot frogs!
…Gerry 🤷♂️ and Roger’s mum has gone missing. 👵 Well, most of her has… 💀 The unwitting victims of animal rights activists 😿 campaigning for the freedom of the family frog farm’s 🐸 slimy inhabitants, the brothers 👬 must bring in the hapless Inspector Clout 👮 to establish the whereabouts of their long dead mother. 🔍
Tom Bennett (Netflix’s Mascots, E4’s Phone Shop)
Julian Bleach (Doctor Who)
Stephen Boxer (The Iron Lady)
Joel Fry (ITV’s Plebs, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Sky’s You, Me and the Apocalypse)
Gwyneth Keyworth (E4’s Misfits, BBC’s The Great Outdoors)
Jeff Rawle (Channel 4’s Drop the Dead Donkey, Harry Potter)
Join the Design Museum as it reopens its doors in a stunning new home in Kensington, west London. Featuring free workshops, installations, talks and performances for all ages.
Be the first to see the opening exhibitions – Beazley Designs of the Year and Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World exhibitions.
Beazley Designs of the Year £10 booking online recommended this weekend!
Now in its ninth year, Beazley Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.
Fear and Love £14 booking online recommended this weekend!
Reactions to a Complex World presents eleven new installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today.
South African artist William Kentridge (b.1955, Johannesburg) is renowned for his animated expressionist drawings and films exploring time, the history of colonialism and the aspirations and failures of revolutionary politics.
In this major exhibition of six large-scale installations by the artist, music and drama are ruptured by revolution, exile and scientific advancement.
Highlights include the film work Second-hand Reading (2013), installation O Sentimental Machine (2015) and The Refusal of Time (2012), an immersive work created with composer Philip Miller, projection designer Catherine Meyburgh, choreographer Dada Masilo, scientist Peter Galison and collaborators from around the world.
Revel in some of the most interesting, most transgressive moments in cinema, as we explore the trashier side of celluloid.
From famously grubby origins as a fairground attraction, film is looking pretty respectable these days: there are reviews in broadsheet newspapers, directors recast as ‘auteurs’ and the pomp and circumstance of international festivals.
But for all this, the movies have never been entirely co-opted into official ‘high-culture’. Part art form, part mass entertainment, they have always had a trashier side, and this has made it one of the great pleasures of cinema-going across the years. If we stick with only ‘good films’ and ‘acceptable’ content, well, we’re missing out on some of the greatest moments in all cinema.
In this spirit, Barbican invites you to revel in some of the most interesting, most transgressive moments committed to celluloid, carefully curated by our team.
Featuring work by Catherine Breillat, Werner Herzog, Douglas Sirk and ‘Pope of Trash’ John Waters, among many others, this season of arthouse shockers, exploitation classics, ‘failed art movies’ and outrageous melodrama feature questionable morals, shocking endings, a bit of nudity and a whole bunch of raised-eyebrow moments.
Three days of World Class Music from well over a hundred bands and performers in venues right across Stoke Newington.
The vast majority of the gigs are free and there’s a no ticket policy throughout the festival.
With everything from Top Rock Bands to Inspired Classical Spotlight’s and some truly irreverent Spoken Word thrown into the mix, there’s nothing stopping you from checking out all the venues and seeing some of the most talented musicians and wordsmiths playing in London today.
Enter the weird and wonderful mind of Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams as he brings the Barbican’s Curve gallery to life with his quest into The Gulch.
Navigate a succession of surreal and theatrically staged scenes as you embark on a journey conjured by one of the contemporary art world’s most exciting and innovative artists. From a pair of singing running shoes to a depressed hypnotist and a talking goat, Bedwyr’s curious and often subversive internal dialogue plays out along the Curve’s space in this fantastical installation. Physical and metaphorical twists and turns will guide you through the gallery and ultimately inspire you to give your own performance, one that will fill the cavernous gorge of the gulch for those following in your footsteps.
Minute observations are elevated to a monumental scale and compelling scenarios come to the fore on this intriguing and immersive journey.