It’s the first of the month once more, which means it’s time for my selection of exhibitions that I’d like to visit in June.
STOMPING GROUND: Photographs by Dick Scott-Stewart // Museum of London // 27 May – 18 September 2016
Stomping Grounds captures London’s eclectic social scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s through the lens of Dick Scott-Stewart.
From the New Romantics of the Blitz club to Rockabillies in Elephant and Castle, 38 photographs explore Scott-Stewart’s fascination with people and subculture outside of the mainstream.
Dick Scott-Stewart was a freelance photographer and an admirer of the great European and American black and white photographers, using high contrast and a vivid use of light and dark to distinctively portray those with “a withdrawal from and opposition to the realities of the present”, who he saw “escaping…into their music, their dress style, their meeting places” during the late 1970s and post-punk era in London.
Born in Cheltenham and educated in his art at the London College of Printing, Scott-Stewart remains relatively unknown – although the Museum of London’s new exhibition, Stomping Grounds, aims to correct that by beaming them into widescreen vision via a projector.
Scott-Stewart published a book, Fairground Snaps, in 1974, and the museum is featuring 117 photographs from his finest personal projects, as well as ephemera and a wrestling series, drawn together 14 years after his death.
A large-scale projection of images from Scott-Stewart’s wrestling series is also shown together with personal ephemera and objects reflecting the photographer’s career.
The photographs are a new acquisition to the collection following a generous donation from the Dick Scott-Stewart Archive.
FOUND // The Foundling Museum, London // 27 May – 04 Sept 2016
The Foundling Museum explores the history of The Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and the first public art gallery.
The Foundling Hospital was set up in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram, to care for babies at risk of abandonment. Instrumental in helping Coram realising his vision were the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. Their creative generosity set the template for the ways in which the arts can support philanthropy. The Foundling Hospital continues today as the children’s charity Corams and the museum celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years.
Foundling Fellow Cornelia Parker has invited over sixty outstanding artists from a range of creative disciplines to contribute either a new or existing piece of work, or an object they have found and kept for its significance, for a major exhibition opening in spring 2016. “In order for something to be ‘found’, it has to at some point in its history been ‘lost’ ” says Parker. Her intention is to create a “riveting collective cacophony” which will be displayed throughout the Museum, interacting with historic works in the permanent Collection and with each other. Her inspiration has in part been taken from the Museum’s collection of tokens – small objects left by mothers with their babies as a means of identification should they ever return to the Foundling Hospital to claim their child.
The museum also has a programme of excellent workshops for all the family and more information can be found HERE.
ART FROM ELSEWHERE // Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Arnolfini // 22 April – 17 June 2016
Art From Elsewhere is a compelling exhibition of video, installation, photography and painting across two sites in central Bristol, which gathers 38 artists from 22 countries. Their work addresses life, politics and identity in a globalised society. The exhibition includes some of the most important artists working today, seminal figures in the history of conceptual art, and young artists whose work enters British museums for the first time.
The culmination of a national tour, this specially-conceived and ambitious presentation for Bristol reflects the city’s historic significance as a port, our diverse cultures, and our place within a rapidly-changing world.
Artists exhibited at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery:
Bani Abidi, Ai Weiwei, Yael Bartana, Robert Breer, Nathan Carter, Thomas Demand, Shilpa Gupta, Ola Kolehmainen, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, Shahzia Sikander, Nancy Spero, Kara Walker, Yeesookyung.
Artists exhibited at Arnolfini:
Shirin Aliabadi, Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Yto Barrada, Lothar Baumgarten, Paulo Bruscky, Meschac Gaba, Jenny Holzer, Emily Jacir, Jitish Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Imran Qureshi, Rashid Rana, Józef Robakowski, Robert Smithson, Beat Streuli, Akram Zaatari and Horacio Zabala.
Art from Elsewhere was born from a 2007 scheme, Art Fund International, which awarded a total of five million pounds to museums in five regions to develop new collections of international contemporary art. The successful museums were Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Towner, Eastbourne.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery collaborated with Arnolfini to acquire 41 works of groundbreaking international contemporary art by ten female and nine male artists.
Curated by David Elliott, this Hayward Touring exhibition, supported by the Art Fund, is a selection of work from all five collections.
Art from Elsewhere is accompanied by an extensive programme of tours, talks, performances and family events, offering numerous ways for you to engage with and explore the exhibition.