Exhibition | Progress

Posted in exhibitions by Mattie Koppendrayer on June 7, 2014
Bedlam v Bedlam
Left: David Hockney, Bedlam from A Rake’s Progress, 1961–63; Right: William Hogarth, The Madhouse, Plate 8 from A Rake’s Progress, 1735. The images are from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which in 2012 mounted the exhibition Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum’s Collection of British Art.

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From The Foundling Museum:

The Foundling Museum, London, 6 June — 7 September 2014

To mark the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death, Progress brings together for the first time three great contemporary responses to his eternally modern moral tale, A Rake’s Progress. David Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress (1961–63), Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Diary of a Victorian Dandy (1998), and Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences (2012) are shown alongside Hogarth’s original 1735 prints and joined by a newly commissioned work by Jessie Brennan.

Hogarth’s popularity with both artists and the public has endured for over two hundred years, and his work has provided inspiration to successive generations. Hockney, Shonibare, and Perry not only update Hogarth’s searing social commentary; they also add their own personal concerns to the creative dialogue. Commissioning an emerging female artist to respond to Hogarth’s work, the Foundling Museum further develops the conversation. Exploring issues of sexuality, race, class, vice, temptation, youth, and urban living this exhibition both highlights Hogarth’s continuing relevance and allows us to consider the idea of ‘progress’.

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Rough Music: A Folk at The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum, London, 1 July 2014

To accompany the Progress exhibition the Foundling Museum is excited to present a unique event by Dead Rat Orchestra and Jeremy Barlow. Dead Rat Orchestra will perform Rough Music, a new work, incorporating performances on a set of tuned bronze meat cleavers. These specially-commissioned instruments were designed by composer and DRO member Nathaniel Mann as part of his Embedded Residency at The Pitt Rivers Museum and Oxford Contemporary Music working with a professional swordsmith using bronze sword casting techniques. The performance will be preceded by a talk by author and early music expert Jeremy Barlow, author of The Enraged Musician. Barlow will consider Hogarth’s prints and explore the artist’s representations of music and sound.

See more at the  event website



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