Tate – Listings for February 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.


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

Location: Fourth Floor Gallery, 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.


DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture
From 1 May 2009
Location: First & Second Floor Galleries, 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.


Mark Rothko: The Seagram Murals
2 October 2009 – 21 March 2010

Location: Wolfson Gallery (Ground Floor), Admission Free
Supported by Tate Liverpool Patrons
In 1988 Tate Liverpool opened its doors for the very first time with a memorable display of Mark Rothko’s Seagram Murals. Over 20 years later the series makes a welcome return to the Gallery. These nine iconic paintings will be presented according to Rothko’s specifications, with atmospheric lighting to enhance the dramatic qualities of the works.

This display is presented in conjunction with the Tate Collection display DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture.


Critical Forum
Global Exhibitions: Contemporary Art and the African Diaspora

19 February 2010, 10.00 – 17.00
Location: Auditorium, Admission £35, £20 (Concessions)
Limited places, booking recommended
In partnership with Liverpool University Press, University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) and the University of Liverpool. Supported by Tate Liverpool Members

Chaired by Michael Asbury (TrAIN) and Paul Goodwin (Tate Britain), this symposium will consider and reflect on developments in the globalisation of the contemporary art of Africa and its many Diasporas. An unmissable opportunity to debate with leading curators, art historians, cultural critics and artists including Sonia Boyce, Shaheen Merali and Carol Tulloch.

Price includes lunch and refreshments.


Tate Explorers
Every Saturday and Sunday, 13.30-16.30
(except first Saturday of every month)
Location: Education Studio – First Floor, 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.


Tales at Tate
6 February 2010, 13:00-15:00

Location: First Floor Galleries, Admission Free
Poet and storyteller John Hughes tells his interactive poems, based on works from DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, in the gallery spaces.
Suitable for all ages.


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

Location: First & Second Floor Galleries, 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

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