The Tuesday Talks series presents leading artists, thinkers and curators who explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is a collaboration between the Whitworth and Manchester Metropolitan University and is programmed by Pavel Büchler.
At the Whitworth, 11am-12.30pm
Free, no need to book
Please arrive promptly as seats are limited
15 January - Linsey Young
Since 2016, Linsey Young has has been Curator of British Contemporary Art at Tate Britain. She has worked with such influential artists as Pablo Bronstein, Martin Boyce, Rachel Whiteread and Anthea Hamilton, has been the lead curator of the Turner Prize, and has contributed to the development of collection displays, the Tate Britain film programme and Art Now exhibitions. She was previously a curator at Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2009-2013) and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2013-2014) and is currently the commissioner and curator of Scotland+Venice 2019, presenting the work of Charlotte Prodger at this year's Venice Biennale. Young also runs the itinerant not for profit exhibitions and publications project YOUNG TEAM which she initiated in 2013.
22 January - Margot Heller
Margot Heller, Director of the South London Gallery, has brought the gallery from modest beginnings in 2001 to international acclaim as one of the most important venues for contemporary art in the UK. Alongside world-renowned names such as Anselm Kiefer, Steve McQueen, Chris Burden, Thomas Hirschhorn or Gabriel Orozco, she has championed the work of artists in their early careers - Bonnie Camplin, Simon Starling, Oscar Murillo among many others - and has worked on various community initiatives with the residents of local housing estates, schools, social services and off-site projects. Under her directorship the gallery expanded in 2010 into the neighbouring house, adding a studio space, and recently into the old Peckham Road Fire Station, effectively doubling the gallery capacity. The inaugural exhibition spanning both spaces, KNOCK KNOCK: Humour in Contemporary Art, was co-curated with Heller by Ryan Gander.
29 January - Jake Chapman
The brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman have been working together since the early 1990s and belong today among the most significant and best-known British artists. They appropriate elements from the history of art, philosophy, anthropology and social theory to produce work that derives much of its power from being politically and morally ambiguous, deliberately confrontational, engaging with such inflammatory subjects as Nazism, the holocaust and religion. Their most prominent works include modified original watercolours by Adolf Hitler, reworkings of Goya’s Los Caprichos and Disasters of War, and miniaturized apocalyptic dioramas, produced with a painstaking attention to detail, where horrors of war, consumerism, black humour and irony are present side by side. The Chapman brothers have exhibited at some of the most prestigious art institutions world-wide and their works are in many important public and private collections.
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