Saturday 4 February 2017

What's On: February at the Whitechapel Gallery

What's On: February

Now Open

Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Until 16 Apr 2017 | Free entry

"...a valuable reminder that women artists can’t be cosily pigeonholed into an ‘ism’ or movement: their voices are rich and diverse." Time Out

Drawn from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, the only museum of its kind in the world, this new display features video and photography work by seventeen international artists.

Enigmatic portraits of young women including Hellen van Meene's Untitled (79), 2000 (pictured above), are shown alongside works by Marina AbramovićRineke Dijkstra, Nan GoldinCandida HöferAdriana Varejão and others. 
Discover highlights from the display:
Nikki S. Lee
The Hip Hop Project (1), 2001 (detail)

In her ‘Projects’ series, Lee (b. 1970) adopts the dress, gestures and style of diverse American subcultures - from trailer park residents to the group of friends gathered around hip-hop duo Mobb Deep.
Kirsten Justesen
Portæt I Arkiv Med Samling (Portrait in cabinet with collection), 2013 (detail)

To make a recent self-portrait, body and performance art pioneer Justesen (b. 1943) tucks herself into the shelf of a wardrobe above a box marked ‘old bits of little sketches,’ keeping her ideas for future projects close.
Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation
Themis in the Birdcage (photographic still from The Rape of the Sabine Women), 2005 (detail)

In this photographic still from their eighty-minute video project, director Sussman (b. 1961) and Rufus Corporation re-imagine the well-known story of Romulus’s founding of ancient Rome, set in an idealised 1960s. 
Adriana Varejão
Qualquer Coisa, 1998 (detail)

Varejão (b. 1964) often presents the body as a site expressing the impact of colonialism. Here, a hand reaches through an opening, its painted or tattooed decoration resembling historical Chinese export porcelain.

Exhibitions & Displays

New: Artists’ Film International
Mikhail Karikis, Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler
Until 26 Mar 2017 | Free entry

A selection of recent moving image works selected by the Whitechapel Gallery and Artists’ Film International partner Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin. Featuring Mikhail Karikis’ Ain’t Got No Fear (2016) alongside Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler’s Occupy, Resist, Produce – Officine Zero (2015). 
New: Commission 
Assemble with Granby Workshop: Brickfield
Until 16 Apr 2017 | Free entry

Turner Prize-winning architecture collective Assemble explore one of the city’s most important structural components in their new commission Brickfield. Developed with the Granby Workshop, a community-led social enterprise, the installation features fired and unfired bricks and handmade products.

Coming soon

Major Exhibition
Eduardo Paolozzi
16 Feb – 14 May 2017
Tickets: £13.50 / £11.95 (without Gift Aid). Free for Members
This major retrospective spans five decades and features over 250 works; from the artist’s post-War bronzes, revolutionary screen-prints and collages, to his bold textiles and fashion designs.


Eduardo Paolozzi: An Introduction
Sat 18 Feb, 3pm | £12.50/£10.50 concs

Daniel F. Herrmann, curator of the major Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Eduardo Paolozzi (16 Feb–14 May 2017), introduces the iconic artist’s life and work. Ticket price includes exhibition entry. More

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Documents of Contemporary Art: Boredom
Thu 23 Feb, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs

Considering the critical and aesthetic uses of boredom, this talk launches the latest title in the DOCA book series, with curator, writer and guest editor Tom McDonoughMore

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