Upcoming Events

The LYC Museum & Art Gallery and the Museum as Practice

Wednesday 6 March 2019. 10:00 – Thursday 7 March 2019. 18:00

On 6–7 March 2019, University of the Arts London and the Paul Mellon Centre for the Studies in British Art are convening a symposium on the LYC Museum & Art Gallery (LYC Museum), an exhibition space located in the village of Banks astride Hadrian’s Wall that showcased the work of more than 320 artists between 1972 and 1983. Transforming dilapidated farm buildings into a hyperactive space for art, the LYC Museum was the single-minded effort of artist Li Yuan-chia (1929–94), whose initials gave the museum its name.

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Exhibition Histories Talk: Charles Gaines

– Thursday 18 April 2019. 19:00

We are pleased to announce the seventeenth in our series of talks analysing and contextualising exhibitions through the personal accounts of the curators responsible, co-organised with Whitechapel Gallery, London.

On Thursday 18 October, artist and curator Charles Gaines will be in conversation with editor Louis Hartnoll and writer and researcher John Tain discussing ‘The Theater of Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism’. Opening at the Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine in 1993, ‘The Theater of Refusal’ foregrounded questions of structural racism by juxtaposing works by African-American artists with their reception in mainstream arts criticism. First proposed by Gaines in 1989 and developed through extended dialogue and debate, this multi-faceted exhibition articulated a theory of counter-marginality.

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