Re-Visit: In Conversation: Lubaina Himid & Courtney J. Martin
On Friday 17 February 2017, a public talk between artist Lubaina Himid and art historian Courtney J. Martin took place at Modern Art Oxford. In this event Courtney J Martin focuses their conversation discussion on Himid’s curatorial practice and her experiences in early life.
Courtney J. Martin is an assistant professor in the History of Art and Architecture department at Brown University. As an art historian of the modern and contemporary fields, her scholarship is invested in the ways in which the post-1968 period altered art and artists internationally. Her writing and teaching is concentrated in three areas: twentieth century British art, sculpture studies and the history of art criticism.
The talk is part of Invisible Strategies, the first major survey exhibition by British artist Lubaina Himid. One of the pioneers of the British Black Arts Movement, Himid first came to prominence in the 1980s when she began organising exhibitions of work by her peers, whom she felt were under-represented in the contemporary art scene. Invisible Strategies brings together a wide range of Himid’s paintings from the 1980s to the present day, as well as sculptures, ceramics and works on paper.
Invisible Strategies at Modern Art Oxford (20 Jan – 30 April 2017) co-curated by Ciara Moloney, Emma Ridgway and Stephanie Straine with Sara Lowes.
Modern Art Oxford presents the first major survey exhibition by British artist Lubaina Himid. One of the pioneers of the British Black Arts Movement, Himid first came to prominence in the 1980s when she began organising exhibitions of work by her peers, whom she felt were under-represented in the contemporary art scene. Himid’s work challenges the stereotypical depictions of black figures in art history, foregrounding the contribution of the African diaspora to Western culture.
Invisible Strategies brings together a wide range of Himid’s paintings from the 1980s to the present day, as well as sculptures, ceramics and works on paper. Containing many works shown for the first time in decades alongside pieces never-before seen in a public gallery, this exhibition highlights Himid’s consistently thought-provoking and distinctive visual style.
Watch Lubaina Himid and the team at Modern Art Oxford put Invisible Strategies together below and read more about the exhibition here.
In 2016, Modern Art Oxford celebrates 50 years as an internationally acclaimed powerhouse of contemporary visual culture. KALEIDOSCOPE is a year long series of interlinking exhibitions, performances and events, presenting an unmissable opportunity to reflect on some of the great moments in Modern Art Oxford’s history.
Because it’s a special year, we decided to try something a little different. Instead of closing when artwork is being installed, the galleries will be open all year round in 2016. This is so you can glimpse behind the scenes to see the exhibitions being made. In KALEIDOSCOPE you’ll see historic works from our past exhibitions sharing space with an exciting roster of new commissions.
Artworks returning to the gallery from across the world appear alongside works by artists showing for the first time at Modern Art Oxford. The past and the present are blended in what we hope you will find an engaging, reflexive shows that touch on one of our most enduring preoccupations – the nature of time.
Re-Visit: What’s Important: Art & Education with Alex Schady
On Thursday 7 July 2016, the latest in our series of lectures from leading cultural figures reflecting on the ways in which arts organisations contribute to society was presented at the gallery. Alex Schady, Artist and Programme Leader Fine Art at Central St Martins, discussed art education and the role that galleries can play in collaborating with art schools and students.