The opening of the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton marks a significant milestone in the life-cycle of the south London borough of Lambeth. Proudly housed in the listed Raleigh Hall on the corner of the iconic Windrush Square, the archive finally exposes the fragility, the battle and the joy experienced by Black-Britons as they came to forge an indelible and unique contribution to the cultural landscape not only of London where the S.S. Empire Windrush docked in 1948 but spiralling outwards to encompass the entire island, creating in its wake a wave of activism and defiance.
This September, Rashid Johnson’s critically acclaimed piece, Dutchman, will run at Chicago’s Red Square Russian and Turkish Baths for five evenings with performances beginning at 11pm as part of Performa 10 Years. Dutchman is Johnson’s first live performance and is a reimagining of the Obie Award-winning theatrical play written in 1964 by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), re-enacted within the setting of a traditional bathhouse – having premiered at the historic Russian & Turkish Baths in New York City’s East Village.
In the Special 60th Edition of Aesthetica we celebrate the emerging photographers that are shaping the future of the image-based practice in The Next Generation. We have partnered with the London College of Communication to survey some of photography’s rising stars and showcase their fresh ideas and new concepts. Katie Bret-Day is influenced by the work of the Surrealists and has an interest in the materiality of photography. She has an affection for the traditional format of photography, but likes to combine this passion with digital methods to produce new and provocative pieces. Bret-Day speaks to us about the practitioners that have inspired her and how she communicates with her audience.
GM Architects: Museum of Civilizations is Nominated for an Award at The World Architecture Festival, Singapore
The Museum of Civilizations, presented by GM Architects at Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014, has been nominated for an award at The World Architecture Festival in Singapore. The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition dedicated to celebrating, and sharing architectural excellence from across the globe.
The 20/21 British Art Fair opens today at the Royal College of Art, London. It is the only fair to specialise in Modern and Post-War art, but also feature work up to the present day. The college is often dubbed “the spiritual home of British art” and is the ideal setting for the fair. Running 10-14 September, the fair presents 55 exhibitors, who offer an inclusive collection of paintings, prints, drawings, photography, sculpture from the Modern (1900-1945), Post-War (1945-1970), and Contemporary (1970 onwards) periods. The intimate and friendly atmosphere appeals to the young, the first time buyer and the dedicated collector.
City Visions: A season of films, talks and debates exploring modern cities, Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre, London
50% of the earth’s population live in urban centres, a figure that is predicted to rise to over 75% by 2050; City Visions is a series of films, talks and debates that celebrate the energy of modern cities whilst exposing memorable images of urban decay and deprivation. The season engages with conversations around architecture, urban planning and globalisation, and will run alongside the Barbican Art Gallery exhibition Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age.
Most air traffic between London and Sao Paolo this summer was one way, well at least until the England football team limped out of the World Cup against Costa Rica on the 24th of June. Those fans who stayed out in Brazil beyond the remit of their original objective to support the England team may have been lucky enough to witness a match which in many ways eclipsed the tournament and provided a compelling portrait of Brazil itself. The selecao’s 7-1 humiliation by Germany epitomised the Brazilian tradition of collapsing the boundaries between art and rubbish, poetry and tragedy.
This exhibition currently on display is the first survey of works by David Farrell (1919-2013) since his death earlier last year, and showcases images of famous sitters from Louis Armstrong and Laurence Olivier, to Anthony Caro, Margot Fonteyn and the Rolling Stones. The British photographer is internationally renowned for his iconic images of the greatest musicians, actors, authors, dancers and artists of the 20th century, as well as documentary works depicting domestic life in Britain and anonymous street subjects.
Spanning nine months and encompassing five decades of the artist’s oeuvre from 1969 to 2014, You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag is an iconic exhibition for several reasons. Not only is it the first comprehensive retrospective of Nalini Malani’s work to be exhibited in India – bringing home several installations and projects that have never been shown in her home country – it is also one of the largest solo exhibitions to be held at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA).
The 31st Bienal de São Paulo will deal with things that don’t exist, it is a poetic call to the promise of art, and addresses these things that don’t exist in several ways: how to talk about them, how to learn from them, how to live with them, how to struggle with them.
To celebrate ten years of existence, Dover Street Market holds The Next Ten Years: a series of events, installations and special products. For the duration of September, the basement and second floor of Dover Street Market will be totally transformed, the Rose Bakery will be enlarged and artists design four new fitting rooms. Furthermore, an event space on the first floor, an expanded jewellery section and wallet display will be given over to Louis Vuitton for the entire A/W14 season.
There’s still time to catch Rossetti’s Obsession: Images of Jane Morris at Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral, before it closes on 21 September. Exploring the paintings, drawings and photographs of the Pre-Raphaelite star, the exhibition marks the centenary of Morris’ death and looks at the role she played as Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s chief muse. Uniting rarely displayed works, the showcase details the artist’s fixation with Morris and his depiction of her as the ultimate femme-fatale.