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Whitechapel Art Gallery

Back to Black – Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary
7 June – 4 September
The 1960s and 70s saw a dramatic transformation in black communities across the world.  Back to Black – Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary at the Whitechapel presents a major survey of the Black Arts Movement in Britain, Jamaica and the US.  The exhibition shows the impact of Black culture on art and looks at the fashion, music and film from the time.
Admission free
Partners -  Africa 2005 / Rich Mix
Funded by - The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/ Peter Norton Family Foundation/ The Judith Rothschild Foundation, in support of Charles White
The Arts Council England

Next week do not miss the Back to Black Opening
Mon 6 June, 6–9pm
In Person
Enjoy a special drinks reception and Afro-Caribbean barbeque with introductions and speeches by guests as well as curator-led tour with Petrine Archer-Straw, David Bailey and Richard Powell. Speakers include; Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford, Director, Africa 05, Makeda Coaston, GLA Team, David Lammy, MP Minister for Culture, and Mike Phillips, writer and critic.  Sponsored by Asahi Beer, Kendermanns and Wines of Germany.
Book before Friday £15/12 concs & Members – visit <>  

June Talks and Events

Sat 11 June, 3pm
Open Screenings
A forum for independent filmmakers to present work and receive feedback. Participate and/or present in 16mm, DVD, miniDV or VHS. Email
Local Affairs – Peer Critique
Thurs 16 June, 6pm
A forum to present work and receive critical feedback from a community of artists. Artists are invited to participate or present.
Thurs 16 June, 7pm
Local Affairs - Structuring Social Space
In association with the Arts Council and Architecture Week. Can architecture influence social behaviours? How are the uses of buildings or places altered by what goes on in and around them? Theorists Matthew Barac and Iain Borden, architect Sarah Featherstone, and artist Louise Wilson consider how we are shaped by, and in turn, shape the spaces we inhabit.
Sat 18 June, 11am
Arts and Crafts Architecture in the East End Tour
In association with the Arts Council as part of Architecture Week and the Horniman Museum. Architect, William Mann of Witherford Watson Mann, explores the Whitechapel Gallery and Bishopgate’s Institute as fine examples of the Arts and Crafts movement in architecture. Including a tour and discussion on the plans to unite the Whitechapel façade with the Whitechapel Library in the Gallery’s exciting expansion project.
Sat 18 June, 1.30–3pm
Bridges Family Workshop
Creatively explore Back to Black with your children. Led by artists Kulwinder Bajar and Orville Jay Edwards. Designed for children aged 5–12. In English and Bengali.
Sun 19 June, 2.30pm
Sunday Sightlines -Artist-led exhibition tours with Peter Ashan
Thurs 23 June, 11.30–2.30pm
11 O’ Clock Club
Individuals are invited to discuss the exhibition and enjoy an artist-led practical workshop with visual description.
Sat 2 July, 11am–5pm
In Film – Representation, Documentation and the Cinematic Imagination
Narrative film has long played an important role in constructing cultural identity defined clearly in Back to Black with its references to a range of Blaxploitation films. This conference considers the forms and structures of films’ influence, examining the juxtapositions of film fact and fiction, the context of its presentation and its infiltration into daily life. With Karen Alexander, David Bailey, Kodwo Eshun, Kevin Jerome Everson, and Bonnie Greer.
£12/8.50 concs & Members*
Whitechapel Film Programme
Black power’s connection with a wider civil rights movement is explored through documentary and experimental film and video.

Kevin Jerome Everson - In Person
Thurs 30 June, 7pm
A must see selection of short films by one of America’s most prominent black experimental filmmakers who focuses on the lives & myths of black workers.
Fri 1 July, 7pm
Spicebush, Kevin Jerome Everson. A poetic and political essay on unseen black histories with an eclectic range of styles and filmic devices.

Utopia Five
Numbi: Somali film, art and culture
Fri 1 – Sun 3 July, 3 & 7pm
Rare screenings of ‘lost’ works combine with community video and personal testimony. Numbi is curated by Kinsi Abdulleh.

Thurs 7 July, 7pm
Symbionese Liberation Army, Sharon Hayes. The Weather Underground, Sam Green & Bill Seigel. Hayes respeaks audiotapes made during Patricia Hearst’s kidnapping. Green & Siegel’s documentary follows a group of activists responding to the Vietnam War & American racism.

Late nights on Thursdays until 9pm are free
Pulse - Live music in the Café/Bar
Featuring soundtracks from Pulse DJs
Thurs 23 June, 7pm
GrassRoots - Featuring exciting and talented urban African musicians.
Thurs 7 July, 7pm
Phonofiction - Indie-scenesters with a unique take on lo-fi experimental pop.
Into Words - Live poetry in the Café/Bar
Thurs 16 June, 7pm
Apples & Snakes - Artists indebted to black music & writing, this is live verse at its cutting-edge best. Curated by Russell Thompson & Toks Majek, Apples & Snakes.
And finally…

Summer at Barbican Art Gallery
Colour after Klein - Until 11 Sept
'The most spectacular show in town' The Observer
Major exhibition reassessing the importance of colour in contemporary art.
Includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol & William Eggleston amongst
others. <>
Merce Cunningham Dance Company Event - 14 - 19 June Tickets from £10
6 one-off performances fusing dance, art and music. Includes artwork from
Richard Hamilton and live music from members of Radiohead and Led Zeppelin. <>

Bloomberg support of Art Radio Live at the Venice Biennale
Bloomberg is sponsoring a week of live broadcasts on WPS1, the art radio station at the Venice Biennale from 7 – 12 June.
The programme includes breakfast salons on artistic themes and sunset gatherings focused on music. Hosted by contemporary writers, artists and musicians, WPS1 provides a 24 hour combined stream of music, talk and rare historic spoken-word material focusing on contemporary art, literature and music from around the world. Look for the Bloomberg/WPS1 broadcast boat in Venice docked at Riva dei Sette Martiri or listen on <> .
Whitechapel Art Gallery

Coming Soon
7 June - 4 September 2005
Back to Black
Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary

Admission Free

Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
T +44 (0)20 7522 7888/7878
F +44 (0)20 7522 7887


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