Curating Popular Art
Building on the critical and popular success of the current exhibition Black Eyes and Lemonade at the Whitechapel Gallery, Faculty researchers are among the designers, curators and artists speaking at a study day on Friday 14 June. Join Simon Costin, Liz Farrelly, Jeff McMillan, Catherine Moriarty, Martin Myrone, Louise Purbrick and Penelope Sexton who will be examining the challenges of presenting popular, traditional and folk arts in historic and contemporary gallery contexts.
Organised by the University of Brighton Design Archives with the Whitechapel Gallery.
Introduction: Catherine Moriarty and Simon Costin
Penelope Sexton: ‘Pattern Making comes at Second Nature’: Re-designing Enid Marx
Liz Farrelly: “The Contentious Constance Spry, or, ‘Not in My Museum!'”
Discussion chaired by Simon Costin
Lunch break and opportunity to see Black Eyes and Lemonade and speak to the curators Simon Costin, Catherine Moriarty and Nayia Yiakoumaki.
Jeff McMillan and Martin Myrone in conversation: Curating British Folk Art
Louise Purbrick: Curating Conflict: popular art/artefacts of “The Troubles”
Discussion chaired by Catherine Moriarty
Drinks reception in the Creative Studio
Simon Costin is the Director of The Museum of British Folklore. He works internationally as an art director and set and exhibition designer and is co-curator of the current Whitechapel Gallery exhibition: Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art and curator of the new exhibition London Lore at Dennis Severs House.
Liz Farrelly is a writer, editor, curator and lecturer. She writes for design magazines worldwide, has published in Eye, Design Week, Blueprint, Crafts and V&A Magazine, and is Editor-at-large for Étapes International and Varoom!. Her books include, Designers’ Identities, For Love and Money: New Illustration, Business Cards and Street Art: In the Artists’ Own Words. She is Consultant Curator to “Pick Me Up”, the graphic arts fair at Somerset House, and a visiting lecturer teaching Critical and Contextual Studies at the University of Brighton where she is also an AHRC-funded PhD candidate researching design museums.
Tate Curator Martin Myrone and artist Jeff McMillan are co-curators of the forthcoming exhibition British Folk Art, 10 June – 7 September, 2014, at Tate Britain.
Catherine Moriarty is Curatorial Director of the University of Brighton Design Archives and Principal Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. She is co-curator of the exhibition: Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art.
Louise Purbrick is Principal Lecturer in the History of Art and Design, University of Brighton. Louise writes about material culture and sites of conflict. She is currently working the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, Traces of Nitrate.
Penelope Sexton is Curator at Compton Verney. Previously she was Curator of Exhibitions, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Exeter, and Curator (Modern and Contemporary) at Norwich Castle. Penelope has over 10 years experience in curating both temporary exhibitions and permanent collections. Penelope was part of the curatorial team responsible for the redevelopment of the new galleries at RAMM, which reopened in December 2011. More recently she was responsible for the redevelopment of the Marx-Lambert Collection galleries at Compton Verney.
Tickets £20 / £15 concessions (£10 Members)
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The essay ‘Drawing, writing and curating: Barbara Jones and the art of arrangement’ written by Catherine Moriarty to accompany the exhibition can be purchased from the Design Archives for £4, including postage.
Image shows ‘Georgina’ at the Cutty Sark, a figurehead from the collection of Sydney Cumbers, also known as Captain Long John Silver, which was displayed at Black Eyes & Lemonade in 1951. Photograph by Catherine Moriarty, 2013.