Sunday 30 April 2017

Whitechapel Gallery - What's On: May Talks & Events

Talks & Events 


Don't miss our symposium celebrating a decade of art and ideas in the iconic Documents of Contemporary Art book series co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press. Guest editors Claire BishopFelicity AllenGilda Williams and Richard Noble are joined by series editors Iwona Blazwick and Ian Farr to discuss different approaches to art and publishing (Fri 5 May).

Plus, a rare screening of the film Together featuring Eduardo Paolozzi portraying working class life in post-war East London (Thu 11 May) and Anthea Hamilton's new piece of work combining live performance, animation and sound (Sat 13 May). 


Documents of Contemporary Art
Fri 5 May 2017, 2-6pm | £12.50/£10.50 concs

What are the urgent themes of our times? Why have ‘participation’, ‘education’ or ‘utopia’ become crucial to think about the current moment? This event celebrates a decade of art and ideas in the iconic Documents of Contemporary Art book series co-published by Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press. More
Art in the Public Realm
Thu 25 May 2017, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs

What purpose do arts festivals have in the urban fabric of a city? In the run up to Art Night 2017, join an evening dedicated to the subject of art in the public realm, with contributions from artists and curators. Guest speakers include Gareth Evans, Melanie Manchot, Fatoş Üstek & Sam Wilkinson. More

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Anthea Hamilton
Sat 13 May 2017, 3pm | £5/3.50 concs

Combining live performance, animation and sound, Anthea Hamilton presents a new work created for the Whitechapel Gallery that takes the form of a live film. Structured as a series of real and imagined telephone calls, the piece will be assembled and activated in real time, with a series of playful interventions and interruptions by performers. More

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Thu 4 May 2017, 7pm | £9.50/7.50 concs
The Lebanese artists and filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige present ISMYRNA (2016), featuring acclaimed artist Etel Adnan. Recalling the changes that took place after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the film questions the transmission of history, the attachment to places and objects. They are joined in conversation by Hoor Al-Qasimi, Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation. More
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Paolozzi on Screen
Thu 11 May 2017, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs
Italian-born Lorenza Mazzetti produced Together (1956) during her time at the Slade School of Fine Art, recruiting fellow artists Eduardo Paolozzi and Michael Andrews to play deaf-mute dockers. The film is a unique portrayal of working class life in post-war East London. With an introduction by Brighid Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the Slade. More
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Curator's Tour

ISelf Collection: Curator's Tour
Thu 18 May 2017, 6.30pm | Free, Booking required
Explore identity and self-portraiture in a free curator-led tour of ISelf Collection: Self-portrait as the Billy Goat. Led by Mahera and Mohammad Abu Ghazaleh Curator Emily Butler.
Drawn from the ISelf Collection, the display brings together works by Pawel AlthamerLouise BourgeoisAndré Breton and the SurrealistsEnrico DavidTracey EminGilbert & GeorgeGabriel KuriYayoi KusamaLinderAditya MandayamRaqs Media CollectivePrem Sahib and Cindy ShermanMore
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First Thursdays

First Thursdaysat Whitechapel Gallery
Thu 4 May 2017, 6-8pm | Free entry

Visit the Gallery after hours with special events. This week, Paul O’Kane will be signing the mysterious black pages of ‘Technologies of Romance – Part I’. Published by eeodo in 2017 the book experiments with form, style, design and writing. More

Plus: Sample complimentary Paolozzi lagers from Edinburgh Beer Factory.
First ThursdaysArt Bus Tour
Thu 4 May 2017, 6-9pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs.

Every First Thursday, the Art Bus Tour visits a changing selection of art spaces, galleries and exhibitions across the East End, with an introduction from an artist or curator at each venue. The May Art Bus Tour will visit Espacio Gallery, L’étrangère and Leyden Gallery. More

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Coming Soon

Film Season
Jonathan Meades Retrospective
Writer, filmmaker, architectural critic and Britain’s greatest living television essayist Jonathan Meades (b. 1947) is the focus of our summer Retrospective.
For nearly 30 years, Meades has interrogated art, architecture and the everyday to explore national identity and cultural phenomena from brutalism to dictators to caravanning.

In this retrospective, we look back through Meades’ career from his earliest programmes for the BBC to his most recent filmmaking and writing, a body of work that remains profound, funny and startlingly relevant. More

From our friends

Science Museum
8 February - 3 September 2017
The latest blockbuster exhibition from the Science Museum explores the epic 500 year history of Robots: from a 16thcentury automaton monk to the latest in cutting edge technology straight from the lab.

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