Exhibitions Current and Future
All exhibitions are listed by closing date.
Michael Landy: Four Walls
9 February – 16 June
In 1977 Michael Landy’s father, John Landy, a miner, was seriously injured in a tunnel collapse at the age of 37. Severe spinal injuries rendered him housebound and unable to return to work. In his poignant video Four Walls, Landy explores his father’s previous enthusiasm for working around the home, referencing his collection of tools, DIY manuals, home improvement magazines and videos, assembled over decades...
Richard Long: Land Art
16 February – 16 June
Richard Long emphatically changed the artist’s view from that of observing the landscape to journeying through it when he made his 1967 work A Line Made by Walking. With Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, Nancy Holt and other artists in Europe and North America, Long was at the centre of the Land Art movement.
2 March – 16 June (Closed for one day on Saturday 18 May)
Callum Innes is one of Britain’s best-known abstract painters. His constantly evolving practice is as much about un-painting as it is about painting. Using turpentine in conjunction with oil paints Innes thins and removes layers, revealing underlying colours and leaving the evidence of his process on the canvas.
Beryl Korot: Text and Commentary
2 March – 9 June
Beryl Korot was an active player in New York’s emergent video art scene in the 1970s and considered a pioneer of multichannel installation in particular. Text and Commentary (1976-7) was inspired by the punch card system of the Jacquard loom and its impact on Charles Babbage, a mathematician who originated the idea of a programmable computer in the 19th century.
Nancy Holt: Land Art
20 April – 16 June
Nancy Holt is renowned for her large-scale sculptural works in the environment, exemplified by Sun Tunnels (1976) in which pairs of large concrete pipes are aligned in a Utah desert along the axis of the rising and setting sun at the solstice. This exhibition focuses on her photography, including Trail Markers...
Nikhil Chopra: Coal on Cotton
Friday 5 July, from sunrise 4.49am – Sunday 7 July, until sunset 9.37pm
The Indian artist Nikhil Chopra has been widely acclaimed for his performances that use a repertoire of characters to unravel the complexities of colonial India and Britain, along with his own family history. For Coal on Cotton, Chopra will turn his focus to two materials that made Manchester supremely wealthy in the 19th century – and that continue to hold workers in modern slavery beyond Europe and North America. This performance is part of Manchester International Festival.