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Apr 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm talk/event
A talk by Dr. May Rosenthal Sloan discussing the relationship between food and the institution. Using the Victoria & Albert Museum as a case study, Rosenthal Sloan will examine museum visitors’ historic encounters with food, and the potential for such encounters to be developed in ways that encourage challenging conversations, and even enact lasting change.
The land on which the V&A now stands was once occupied by orchards and nurseries that supplied fruit trees to country estates outside London. As the city expanded and the South Kensington museum was built, the site switched from the production to the consumption of food – both food itself and food knowledge. From the world’s first museum restaurant to displays explaining the brand new science of diet to fish hatcheries that educated the public on aquaculture, a series of ‘firsts’ will be considered in the context of social shifts, scientific discourse and fast changing food systems in the mid-nineteenth century. This historic period of economic, social and cultural flux contextualises an examination of the role that today’s museums can play in understanding contemporary food systems, and providing space for debate and collaboration which could help us reimagine more desirable food futures.
Dr. May Rosenthal Sloan is a historian with expertise in the study of food and ethnic and national identities. Before joining the V&A she was employed as a lecturer in modern American history at the University of Glasgow, where she also gained her PhD, with a project titled Culinary Mongrelism: Food and Constructions of Identity in London and New York since 1945.
Rachel Adams has invited Dr. May Rosenthal Sloan to give this talk to coincide with her Project Space commission, Right Twice a Day.
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May 8 - Aug 25, 2018
Sweet Swollen is a new commission by Holly Graham. Comprising print and audio, these consider historic links between domestic culinary culture and visual culture within Europe.The works take as their starting point a pair of Meissen porcelain sweetmeat bowls that are currently on display in a collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum. These were made between 1765–75 and would have, at the time of their production, been considered an artisanal, luxury good, symbolizing the wealth and status of their owner. Visually, they each depict turfy mounds which prop up bowls to hold sugar or sweetened dried fruits, which are in turn flanked by caricatured ‘blackamoor’ figures who gesture towards the food products in the bowls in front of them. These are part of a wider tradition of similar figurines that embody, and silently testify to, financial gain through processes of colonial exploitation.

Jun 20 - Aug 26, 2018
New works by Rob Crosse, Susie Green and Georgia Horgan presented as three solo presentations at Jerwood Space. Diverse in content and materials, the solo presentations span painting, sculpture, installation, film, and photography, expanding upon the artists’ existing dialogues to position sex, intimacy and desire in a socio-political context.

Jul 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm talk/event
Susie Green discusses her Jerwood Solo Presentations commission with Philomena Epps.
Philomena Epps is an independent writer and art critic based in London. Her writing has appeared in Apollo, ArtForum, Art Agenda, Elephant, Frieze, i-D, MAP, and The White Review, among others. She has written catalogue and exhibition texts for artists, including Frances Scott, Susie Green, and Rachel Goodyear, and for institutions, such as the Tate. She was the Writer in Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts from May–August 2016. Philomena is the founding editor and publisher of Orlando, a print magazine and online platform, and has hosted multiple public events related to the publication, including film screenings, performances, readings, and workshops.
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Aug 10, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm talk/event
A performance by Rob Crosse taking place within his Jerwood Solo Presentations commission.
Three performances will take place throughout the evening at 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm.
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Aug 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm talk/event
A performance by Splash Addict within Susie Green’s Jerwood Solo Presentations commission.
Splash Addict is a collaboration between Susie Green and artist Simon Bayliss, inspired by shared romantic, filthy sensibilities and a love of ‘90s dance music. Green performs commanding, melodic vocals over Bayliss’ synth basslines.
Recent performances include Fierce Festival, Birmingham (2017); The Royal Standard, Liverpool (2017); Chisenhale Studios, London (2017). Their music videos have recently been screened at NAWKI, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2017) and Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2016)
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