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Symposium: ‘an Exhibit’: an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration– videos online

25 feb 2014

On Saturday 22 February 2014, Afterall and the ICA will present the half-day symposium ‘“an Exhibit”: an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration’. This event will reconsider ‘an Exhibit’ (1957), the pioneering exhibition and artwork produced by artists Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore, with writer Lawrence Alloway acting as ‘its mouthpiece’ (as subsequently described by Hamilton).

Leaflet produced to accompany the ICA installation of ‘an Exhibit’, 1957. Courtesy of Chelsea College of Arts Library, University of the Arts London

‘an Exhibit’ was designed on the basis of a modular hanging system, with a kit of suspended Perspex panels configured during the installation process with the intention of giving visitors the opportunity ‘to generate their own compositions’ as they walked through. The symposium will take place in the context of the exhibition ‘Richard Hamilton at the ICA’, giving participants the opportunity to visit a recreation of ‘an Exhibit’, before gathering to discuss it.

Addressing questions of collective artistic, critical and curatorial practice, audience participation and the contemporary resonance of ‘an Exhibit’ in light of these fields, we will welcome, amongst others, the following speakers:

Elena Crippa, co-Pathway Leader for the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Sabine Folie, Artistic and Managing Director of the Generali Foundation, Vienna

Jeremy Millar, artist

Victoria Walsh, Head of the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the Royal College of Art, London

Keith Wilson, artist

‘an Exhibit’: an Exhibition, an Artwork, a Collaboration
Cinema 1, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
2.00 – 5.30pm

This event is organised by Afterall in collaboration with the ICA and supported by ‘Research at Work’, Central Saint Martins. It is part of our Exhibition Histories research and publication project; a dedicated Exhibition Histories book on the work of Hamilton and Pasmore is planned for 2015.

Tickets: £10.00 (concessions £8.00)

View video recording pt 1 here.

View video recording pt 2 here.