Exhibition – Making Nature: How We See Animals

Wellcome Collection, London, 1 December 2016 — 21 May 2017

Curated by Honor Beddard

Exhibited are over 100 objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography  reflecting what we think, feel and value about other species and the consequences this has for the world around us.

The collection includes works by contemporary artists such as Allora, Calzadilla and Phillip Warnell and asks how and why we look at animals and what we see when we do that. It is organised around four themes: ‘Ordering’, ‘Displaying’, ‘Observing’ and ‘Making’, and it opens with Marcus Coates’ Degreecoordinates, Shared traits of the Hominini (Humans, Bonobos and Chimpanzees), 2015.

‘Making Nature’ reveals the hierarchies in our view of the natural world, and questions how these influence our actions and inactions towards the planet: from the formalisation of natural history as a science, through the establishment of museums and zoos, to lavish contemporary wildlife documentaries.

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More info and the free downloadable large print guide text (also available in the gallery) are available here.

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Whose Sari Now?

Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

As explained on the website of the Theatre:

“One woman plays five characters who share their sari tales.
Bold and powerful theatre that takes you beyond the Bollywood wet sari!By turns funny and poignant, 5 characters share their sari tales; from an old Asian woman whose saris are like her second skin, a young mother giving birth in a war zone wrapping her twin babies in her wedding sari, a Malaysian historian connects the sari with mythology, a transgender reflects on his girlfriend’s sari obsession, a low caste weaver and a character who contemplates the sari in her final hours”

Read more here.sari

Exhibition – German Colonialism: Fragments Past and Present

14 October 2016 to 14 May 2017

Deutsches Historisches Museum

Berlin, Germany

For the first time The Deutsches Historisches Museum is exhibiting more than 500 objects dealing with various aspects of German colonialism.
berlin_col_ex_1As the flyer of the exhibition explains:
“Although the German Empire was one of the major European colonial powers, only in recent years has Germany‘s colonial past found its way into public consciousness to a significant degree. The exhibition of the Deutsches Historisches Museum examines the colonial ideology, which was founded in the belief of a European superiority. The multifarious interconnections of power ranged from local alliances and the routine exercise of violence on up to the colonial war in Namibia, which developed into genocide. No less varied were the colonial encounters. African, Oceanian and German players pursued their own aims and worked out their own scope of action. The exhibition sheds light on the motives of the missionaries, officials, military personnel, settlers and merchants on the German side as well as the interests of the colonialized peoples. At the same time it questions the degree to which the perspectives of the colonialized peoples were taken into account in the historical tradition and whether this stands in contradiction to the enormous extent of the collections and archives that were gathered during the colonial period and which tended to support the conditions of power.
Such an explicit colonial consciousness continued on after 1919. The exhibition devotes no little room to this controversial memory of the colonial past, while artistic as well as civil societal perspectives give us insight into the present situation as to the attitude towards
German colonialism in the countries that were affected as well as in Germany.”
More information can be found here.

Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

On Saturday, September 24 the museum will be opening to the public.

“After 13 years of hard work and dedication on the part of so many, I am thrilled that we now have this good news to share with the nation and the world,” said Lonnie Bunch, the museum’s founding director.

The museum will open with 11 inaugural exhibitions that will focus on broad themes of history, culture and community. The exhibitions have been designed by museum historians in collaboration with Ralph Appelbaum Associates. These exhibitions will feature some of the more that 34,000 artifacts the museum has collected since the legislation establishing it was signed in 2003. The museum’s collections are designed to illustrate the major periods of African American history. Highlights include: a segregation-era Southern Railway car (c. 1920), Nat Turner’s Bible (c. 1830s), Michael Jackson’s fedora (c. 1992), a slave cabin from Edisto Island, S.C. plantation (c. early 1800s), Harriet Tubman’s hymnal (c. 1876) and works of art by Charles Alston, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, and Henry O. Tanner.

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This booklet was produced by  John Murray Forbes in December 1862 specifically for Union soldiers to read and distribute among African Americans.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

 

 

 

Around the event, a three-day festival showcasing popular music, literature and dance, some of them  co-hosted by other museums around the country and in Africa, will take place.

More informations about the museum can be found here.

The Getty Research Portal has a new face

The Getty Research Portal’s online library of digitized art history texts has been expanded with new website features and more contributing libraries in order to improve the features currently offered to its users.

The Getty Research Portal™ is a free web platform for accessing  a quite extensive collection of digitized art history texts from a range of institutions. Researchers can search and download complete digital copies of publications devoted to art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.

The Portal is a collaborative project initiated by the Getty Research Institute in 2012 and founded with a group of international contributors, including: the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, the Biblioteca de la Universidad de Málaga, the Frick Art Reference Library, the Heidelberg University Library, the Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, the Menil Library Collection in Houston, the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries — Art Institute of Chicago, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives in New York, the Warburg Institute Library in London and the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Scanning stations at the Getty Research Institute Annex location in Valencia

Exhibition: Yinka Shonibare MBE

Tue 22 Mar – Sun 30 Oct 2016

Turner Contemporary

Sunley Gallery

Two major works by leading contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE are currently presented as part of the 14-18 NOW programme of World War 1 Centenary Art commissions at  the Turner Contemporary.

Yinka Shonibare’s sculptural work End of Empire explores how alliances forged in the First World War changed British society forever; it explores themes of conflict, empire and migration in the centenary year of The Battle of the Somme. In addition,  the colourful work The British Library addresses issues related to immigration and its impact on contemporary British culture: shelves of books covered in colourful wax fabric are displayed bearing the names of first and second generation immigrants who have enriched British society.

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More information can be found here.