Tate – Listings for April 2010

imageTATE LIVERPOOL LISTINGS April 2010
For further details, call: 0151 702 7400, e-mail: visiting.liverpool@tate.org.uk
or visit the website: www.tate.org.uk/liverpool
Pre-book exhibition tickets by calling 0151 702 7400, go to www.tate.org.uk/tickets (booking fee applies) or book in person at any Tate Gallery.


SPECIAL EXHIBITION:

Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic
29 January – 25 April 2010

Admission: £6.00 (£4.50 concessions)
Supported by Liverpool City Council, with additional funding from Tate International Council, Tate Liverpool Members, The Granada Foundation, The Embassy of the United States in London and The Romanian Cultural Institute in London.

Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic takes its inspiration from Paul Gilroy’s seminal book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993) and is the first exhibition to trace in depth the impact of different black cultures from around the Atlantic on art from the early twentieth century to today. >From the influences of African art on the modernist forms of artists like Picasso, to the work of contemporary artists such as Ellen Gallagher, Chris Ofili and Kara Walker, the exhibition will reflect how artists around the Atlantic have claimed the language of Modernism in diverse ways, as a powerful tool to explore, formulate and assert their own identity.

The exhibition will feature the work of over 60 artists including Romare Bearden, Constantin Brancusi, Edward Burra, Renee Cox, Aaron Douglas, Walker Evans, Ellen Gallagher, David Hammons, Isaac Julien, Wilfredo Lam, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Ronald Moody, Wangechi Mutu, Uche Okeke, Pablo Picasso, Keith Piper, Tracey Rose and Kara Walker.

Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic is part of Liverpool and the Black Atlantic, a series of exhibitions and events that explores connections between cultures and continents.
LOCATION        FOURTH FLOOR GALLERY

TATE COLLECTION AT TATE LIVERPOOL:

DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture
From 1 May 2009

Admission Free
Sponsored by DLA Piper
Taking an ambitious and revolutionary look at the history of modern and contemporary sculpture, this major re-hang of Tate Liverpool’s collection display examines the trajectory of artistic innovation in the twentieth-century and beyond. DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture explores the story of modern and contemporary sculpture, featuring masterpieces from the Tate Collection by artists such as Sir Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Beuys, Gilbert & George, Anthony Gormley and Julian Opie. Sculpture in the form of object, installation, assemblage and ready-made will sit alongside more surprising forms, such as painting, video, photography, language and performance.
Key figures from the cultural arena, artist Michael Craig Martin, artist/writer Tim Etchells and architect Wayne Hemingway and his son Jack, have co-curated sections of the display.
LOCATION        FIRST AND SECOND FLOOR GALLERIES

FAMILIES:

Easter Holiday Activity: Tell Your Story
Saturday 3 April – Sunday 11 April (closed Monday 5 April)
11.00–16.00

Admission Free
Families are invited to visit the Wolfson Gallery in Tate Liverpool to participate in exciting child-friendly activities during the Easter Holidays. Related to the special exhibition Afro Modern Journeys in the Black Atlantic, activities will feature stories, poetry and rap. Visitors are also invited to add their own images, poems, raps and tales to a huge interactive stories and pictures video wall.

Scheduled performances:
3 April, 13:00-14:00    Stories with James C. Robinson
4 April, 14:00-15:00    Stories with James C. Robinson
5 April, 13:00-15:00    Stories with John Hughes
7 April, 14:00-15:00    Music and Performance with Levi Tafari
8 April, 13:00-15:00    Stories with John Hughes
9 April, 13:00-15:00    Stories with John Hughes
10 April, 14:00-15:00   Performance Poetry with Curtis Watt
Suitable for ages 0-12
LOCATION        WOLFSON GALLERY (GROUND FLOOR)

LATE AT TATE:

Back to the Timepiece
Thursday 22 April
18.00–21.00

Admission Free
This event is supported by Tate Liverpool Members
Join Tate Liverpool for an evening of music, film and reminiscence. Featuring internationally renowned local DJ Greg Wilson and Les Spaine, one of the most important British club DJ’s of the 70’s, explore this glittering era and the little told history of Liverpool’s thriving black music scene from the 60’s onwards.

As part of the evening, Pidgin Productions, curators of Afro BIA, the October 2009 exhibition at the CUC in Liverpool, will showcase fascinating film footage and archival material from the era. Nostalgic films and photography will be displayed alongside Liverpool’s favourite funk and soul record sleeves which have been kindly donated by the local community for the evening. Featuring incredible tunes, memories and art, this evening promises to be an unforgettable celebration of Liverpool’s fascinating relationship with music.
LOCATION        FOYER

TALKS, TOURS & DISCUSSIONS:

In conversation: Les Spaine and Greg Wilson
From Freetown to Motown
Thursday 22 April
18.00–19.30

Admission Free, booking required
Join DJ Greg Wilson and Les Spaine for an exciting ‘In conversation’ based on the story of the development of the black music scene in Liverpool. Wilson, who was heavily inspired by Spaine during the 1970’s, will discuss the era that brought fourth some of the greatest black music ever committed to vinyl, with legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes releasing their most acclaimed work. Acts such as  Parliament, Ohio Players, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang, Brass Construction and B.T Express, now considered ‘classic’ Funk, will be explored as the vanguard of a movement that would be fundamental to the evolution of black music and dance culture.
This talk is programmed in conjunction with Late at Tate: Back to the Timepiece
LOCATION        AUDITORIUM

TALKS, TOURS & DISCUSSIONS:

In conversation: Ellen Gallagher and Romi Crawford
Thursday 8 April
18.00–19.30

Admission £8.00 (£6.00 concessions), booking recommended
This event is supported by Tate Liverpool Members.
Using anything from paint to 16mm films, Ellen Gallagher opens windows to a universe where narratives of history and identity are at once pulled apart and re-imagined. A key figure within international contemporary art, her breathtaking and monumental work Bird in Hand (2006) is integral to the exhibition Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic. Tate Liverpool is delighted to present an ‘In conversation’ event with this renowned artist and US-based academic Romi Crawford. This talk will offer visitors an intimate insight into Ellen Gallagher’s work currently on display at Tate Liverpool, as well as her wider practice.

Ellen Gallagher lives and works in New York and Rotterdam. She received the American Academy Award in Art in 2000, the Joan Mitchell Fellowship in 1997 and the 1996 MacDowell Colony Award.

Romi Crawford is a professor of Literature, Africana and Visual Critical Studies in the Liberal Arts Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was previously Curator and Director of Education and Public Programmes at the Studio Museum in Harlem.


LOCATION        AUDITORIUM:

TATE LIVERPOOL FILM:

Films are regularly screened at Tate Liverpool to complement and enhance our exhibition programme and Collection displays. This screening will take place at FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ. For tickets call FACT on +44 (0)8717 042063 (booking recommended).

Looking for Langston, 1988
Wednesday 14 April
From 18.30

Admission £5.00 (concessions £4.00)
Isaac Julien’s documentary film classic requires little introduction. Exploring the life and career of the poetic Harlem Renaissance figure, Langston Hughes, the film also weaves insights from other eminent Black cultural figures such as, Bruce Nugent, and James Baldwin. Both a document, and a fantasy, Julien’s deft portrayal manages the dual feat of bridging the boundaries between experiential film, and mainstream cinema. Queer, Black, and British, Looking for Langston is a film like no other.
(Certificate 15)
This film screening forms part of Liverpool and the Black Atlantic, a city-wide series of exhibitions and events that explore connections between cultures and continents, and is screened by FACT in partnership with Tate Liverpool.  
For bookings contact FACT on +44 (0)8717 042063
LOCATION        FACT, 88 WOOD STREET, LIVERPOOL, L1 4DQ

FAMILIES:

Tate Explorers
Every Saturday and Sunday (except first Saturday of every month)
13.30-16.30

Admission Free
Children aged between 0 and 12 (and their adults!) are challenged to visit the Explorers Base Camp trolley to collect a map or activity bag.  The maps take the young explorers on a journey of discovery to see, feel and learn about the art in the gallery.  Before they return back to base camp they create some art of their own, inspired by their exploration. Start at the ground floor and work your way up.
Suitable for ages 3-12.
LOCATION        EDUCATION STUDIO – FIRST FLOOR

FAMILIES:

DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture Family Activity Trail
Everyday
10.00 – 17.50

Admission Free
Pick up a free family bag from the foyer or the Family Room and join in a family activity trail which takes visitors around the first and second floor galleries. The trail is packed with questions and drawing activities.
Suitable for ages 5- 12
LOCATION        FIRST AND SECOND FLOOR GALLERIES

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