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5687765Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition
DateFriday 25th May 2018 to Monday 22nd April 2019
DescriptionWhat do public museums collect and why? Which works become highlights, and which lie forgotten in storage? What stories emerge to frame the visitor's encounters with the art that they see, and cloak the art that they don't? How do these stories change over time? Through the work of more than 40 artists, Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition considers how public museums reflect and shape our collective imagination, and examines how exhibitions can affect these shared narratives. This exhibition will show how artworks can nurture new stories if they are shown in ways beyond the limited frames of biography and identity. Comprising more than 70 works and archival documents ranging from the 18th to the 21st Century, Speech Acts is drawn primarily from four public collections: Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, John Rylands Library (The University of Manchester), Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth. It has been developed as part of, and in conversation with Black Artists and Modernism: a three-year research project. Artists in the exhibition include: Said Adrus | Getulio Alvani | Rasheed Araeen | Frank Auerbach | Francis Bacon I Sutapa Biswas | Barbara Brown | Edward Burne-Jones | Lubna Chowdhary | Conroy/Sanderson | William Crozier | Alan Davie | Delia Derbyshire | Yara El-Sherbini | Lucian Freud | Samuel Fyzee-Rahamin | Mauro Kunst | Gilbert & George | Mona Hatoum I Barbara Hepworth | Lubaina Himid | David Hockney | dom sylvester houedard | Shirazeh Houshiary | RB Kitaj | Andrzej Lachowitz | Wyndham Lewis | Li Yuan-chia | Kim Lim | Henry Moore | Pushpamala N. | Winifred Nicholson | James Northcote | Chris Ofili | Eduardo Paolozzi | Ahmed Parvez | Hetain Patel | Helen Petts | Keith Piper | Steven Pippin | Abigail Reynolds | Keith Richardson-Jones | Bridget Riley | William Rothenstein | Anwar Jalal Shemza | Yinka Shonibare | Stansfield/Hooykaas | Do-ho Suh | William Turnbull I Shelagh Wakely | Aubrey Williams | Bryan Wynter | Fahr El Nissa Zeid
Time(s)From May 25, Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-9pm, closed Dec 24-26, 31, Jan 1, ends Apr 22
LocationManchester City Art Gallery
Telephone No.0161 235 8888
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Manchester City Art Gallery
AddressMosley Street
Greater Manchester
M2 3JL
Telephone No.0161 234 1456
0161 235 8888
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We are closed Mondays except Bank Holidays, and also closed 1 January, Good Friday, 24-26 and 31 December.
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