Tate – Listings for Feb 2008

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SPECIAL EXHIBITION

Niki de Saint Phalle
1 February – 5 May 2008
Tickets £5, Concessions £4, Members Free

 

Supported by the French Institute and The Henry Moore Foundation

From 1 February – 27 April 2008, Tate Liverpool will present the first UK exhibition of the Franco-American painter and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. Beautiful, flamboyant, daring, provocative and fiercely independent, she emerged in the 1960s as a powerful and original figure in the highly masculine international arts world.

Niki de Saint Phalle is a cultural icon with associations with the Nouveau Realist movement and collaborations with the world’s leading artists. Her exuberant love of life is demonstrated in her bright and colourful works and darker works reflect the personal struggles of the artist.

The Shooting Paintings explored the idea of the violent gesture in abstract art and her Nanas, large brightly coloured sculptures of women have become iconic and enduring images of maternity and femininity.

The exhibition will be a comprehensive survey of the career of Niki de Saint Phalle and will explore the significance of her original and honest approach to contemporary artistic practice.

LOCATION FOURTH FLOOR GALLERIES

TATE COLLECTION AT TATE LIVERPOOL

DLA Piper Series
The Twentieth Century: How it looked & how it felt
Until spring 2009
Admission Free

Sponsored by DLA Piper

Masterpieces from the Tate Collection, including Rodin’s The Kiss (1901-14), Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1880-1), Picasso’s Weeping Woman (1937) and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych (1962), come to Liverpool, some for the first time, as part of a major rehang of the Collection at Tate Liverpool. The new displays, over three floors of the gallery, have been arranged to celebrate Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008.

The first and second floors are divided thematically: the first floor looks at the various manifestations of representational or figurative art, while the second floor traces the journey towards abstraction, and examines the complexity and diversity of abstract art.

In addition to the first and second floor displays, you can see a special focus in the Ground Floor Gallery on the work of the much celebrated British artist Stanley Spencer, including some of his best-known works.

The DLA Piper Series is a display of exemplary works of international modern and contemporary art from the Tate Collection.

LOCATION GROUND FLOOR, FIRST FLOOR, AND SECOND FLOOR GALLERIES

TALKS, TOURS AND DISCUSSIONS
Booking recommended: please call 0151 702 7400 to reserve your place.

Lunchtime Lectures:
Twentieth Century Art – Artists and the Art Market

13.00 – 14.00
£5, £4 (Concessions), £3 members

5 February Reading Landscape
12 February Exotic and Primitive ‘Others’
19 February Self-Representation and ‘Identity Politics’
26 February The Naked and the Nude

Tackling issues of personal, social and national identity, power relationships and the relationship between the images and the reality that they purport to represent. In collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University.

LOCATION TATE CAFÉ

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

DLA Piper Series:
The Twentieth Century – How it looked & how it felt

Course:
Re-view: Exploring Twentieth Century Art
Every Tuesday from 29 January – 1 April
18.00 – 20.00
£120, £95 (concessions), £80 (members)

This informal introductory course offers a new way of looking at modern and contemporary art. It explores the dramatic changes that have taken place in the art world from the late 1800s to today, in the context of Tate Liverpool’s collection display. The course will deal with ‘the subject’, ‘the object’ and ‘the artist’ respectively over the course of the year and is led by art historians. As well as illustrated discussion–based presentations, most of the course takes place in the galleries. Each term includes an optional weekend field trip to an external art gallery of relevance. All welcome. No experience necessary.

LOCATION EDUCATION STUDIO AND GALLERIES

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Drawing Days:
Life Drawing Workshops: Colour and the Human Figure

Every Wednesday until 26 March
9.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.30
Full Day £20, £15 (concessions), £12 (members)
Half Day £10, £7.50 (concessions), £6 (members)

Free for Liverpool School of Art and Design Students. Price does not include materials.
Booking essential and places strictly limited.

Popular ‘Drawing Days’ in the Studio at Tate Liverpool continue in 2008. ‘Drawing Days’ offer a unique opportunity for the public to develop their own practice while studying the approach of Modern Masters to the subject. Led by Rick Creed, Department of Contextual Studies, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University.

LOCATION EDUCATION STUDIO AND GALLERIES

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Advance enrolment necessary. Call Joan Squires at LUCE on 0151 794 2538 for prices and to book a place

Course:
Niki de Saint Phalle: An Exploration
Saturday 9 & Saturday 23 February
10.00 – 17.00

This two day discussion-based course will introduce students to the work of Niki de Saint Phalle, examining her role as a female artist and Nouveau Realist in the 1960s and tracing her career to the present day. The course involves a mixture of interactive slide presentations and workshops in the galleries.

In collaboration with Liverpool University of Continuing Education.

LOCATION AUDITORIUM AND FOURTH FLOOR GALLERIES

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Booking recommended: please call 0151 702 7400 to reserve your place.

Niki de Saint Phalle
Research Forum: Gendered Gestures

Thursday 28 February
14.00 – 18.00
£7, £5.50 (concessions), £4 (members)
Includes refreshments and entrance to Niki de Saint Phalle

Moderated by Catherine Marcangeli, Senior Lecturer in British and American studies, Paris University

Niki de Saint Phalle’s Shooting Paintings explored the idea of the violent gesture in abstract art, in what can be read as a parody of the machismo of action painting. Using de Saint Phalle’s work as a starting point, this postgraduate research forum explores the gendered gestures of art. What is it in an artistic trace that makes a work embody notions of femininity or masculinity? How do these gestures fit into societal power structures of everyday life between men and women?

LOCATION AUDITORIUM

LATE AT TATE

On the last Thursday of the month Late at Tate continues at Tate Liverpool with themed tours, talks, screenings and performances taking throughout the building.

Late at Tate Liverpool
Niki de Saint Phalle: Creative Destruction
Thursday 28 February
18.00–21.00

Hear talks by experts including Griselda Pollock about the darker side of de Saint Phalle’s work. Experience the creative destruction of the artist’s early feminist work for yourself in our very own Shooting Gallery in the Studio at Tate Liverpool. Watch films about the artist including Niki de Saint Phalle: Who is the Monster … Me or You? and listen to live DJs including Kaya from the Women’s Music Network.

LOCATION FOYER, SHOP, CAFÉ AND GALLERIES

Young Tate
Young Tate is a youth art initiative run at all Tate’s galleries by young adults for young adults, (ages 13 -25) giving everyone the opportunity to reach their own conclusions about art.

Hello Boys
Tuesday 12 February
13.00 -16.00
Free, booking required

Curious about gender, appearance, yourself and how they relate to each other? Looking at Niki de Saint Phalle’s larger than life sculptures, explore ideas of femininity, masculinity and the representation of men and women. Challenge media stereotypes to create large scale drawings exploring body language, gender-identity and setting.

LOCATION EDUCATION STUDIO

FAMILIES

Niki Colour Trail
Available from 1 February – 5 May 2008
Family Trails are FREE, special family ticket to the exhibition £10

Inspired by the work of Niki de Saint Phalle you can drop in to the gallery at any time and pick up a family trail and explore colour in our fourth floor gallery.

LOCATION EDUCATION STUDIO AND FOURTH FLOOR GALLERIES

FAMILIES

Great Art Adventure
Sunday 24 February
Drop-in from 13.30 – 16.30
Free (for ages 5-12)

Supported by Tate Members

On the last Sunday of every month we take you on a Great Art Adventure around one of our exhibitions. See what you can create when you have been inspired by art works you’ve seen around the gallery.

LOCATION EDUCATION STUDIO AND GALLERIES

FAMILIES

NEW! Tate Explorers
Every Sunday (except the last Sunday of every month)
Drop-in from 13.30 – 16.30
Free (for ages 0-12)

Supported by Tate Members

Join Tate Explorers and enjoy getting creative with our family trails and activities that will take you around our brand new collection displays. This is journey to learn how to look and feel, talk about and create art.

LOCATION EDUCATION STUDIO (FIRST FLOOR) AND FIRST & SECOND FLOOR GALLERIES

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