These themes will be addressed in British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967-2009, an exhibition opening at the Neuberger Museum of Art |
“In recent years, there have been numerous exhibitions devoted to contemporary portraiture and self-portraiture and to recent and contemporary British art,” notes Dr. Yelin. “As yet, though, no museum has undertaken an exhibition specifically focused on British self-portraiture since the 1960s. British Subjects and its accompanying catalogue will invite us to look afresh at
The museum has planned several programs in conjunction with the exhibition as follows:
Thursday, September 17, 3 – 5 pm
This presentation is the first stage of an ongoing project to engage British and New York-based performance writers on the subject of British identity. It grew out of the international conference, “Writing Encounters,” held in September 2008.
The writers will create short texts for specific recording technologies that are produced by “strangers” encountering the texts and the technologies. A “semi-private installation” will be the focus of the presentation.
Among those writers whose thinly-veiled self-fashionings will be considered are Brian Chikwava, a Zimbabwean who resides in
Claire Hind, Senior Lecturer at York/St. John University UK, who curated a series of commissions at the “Writing Encounters” conference in partnership with Claire MacDonald, Director of the International Centre for Fine Art Research at the University of the Arts London, and Lenora Champagne, Kempner Distinguished Professor at Purchase College/SUNY, will examine and analyze what the texts reveal about contemporary British identities.
She also will discuss the challenges and opportunities the project posed to the curators and the public, and will play selected recordings..
British Lives: A Symposium
Tuesday, October 27, 2:30-6:30 pm
In two sessions, a panel of distinguished scholars, writers, and artists will discuss:
Film Series: British Subjects
Wednesdays, 4 pm
Each of the following films will be introduced by a
October 7: “49-Up”, directed by Michael Apted
Apted had been interviewing a group of Britons from diverse class backgrounds since the mid-60s, when the subjects were seven years old. “49-Up” is the most recent in the series of documentaries tracing the arc of their lives at seven-year intervals. The film offers an often-surprising view of the many different ways that lives develop.
November 4: “Bhaji on the Beach”, directed by Gurinder Chadha
This film, by the director of “Bend It Like Beckham,” follows a group of South Asian women -- recent immigrants and their daughters -- on a day-long excursion to the beach. In the course of the day, some of the women reconsider their life histories and others make crucial decisions about their futures.
December 2: “Looking for Langston & Derek”, directed by Isaac Julien
Combining biography and autobiography, Isaac Julien obliquely addresses his own life and work through an exploration of two of the artists who influenced him, the African-American poet Langston Hughes, and the British film director Derek Jarman.
Wednesday, September 23, noon
Louise Yelin, curator of British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1965-2009 leads this fascinating tour.
Free with Museum admission; free to
faculty, staff and students
Family First Saturday
Saturday, October 3, 1-4 pm
Look at You!
Inspired by British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning
Art workshops (1-4 pm), themed gallery talks (1-3 pm),
and live music provided by
round out the afternoon. Workshops are for children 5-10.