art & exhibitions

Space Shifters in Depth

Part of Space Shifters

Delve deeper into our major thematic exhibition Space Shifters and hear from experts on its context and curation in a half-day of in-depth exploration.

The event offers exclusive early-morning access to Hayward Gallery before it opens to the general public, with a guided tour of the exhibition starting at 9.30am. A Hayward Gallery technician will introduce key themes and reveal the contexts of these disorienting and luminous works, and give exclusive insights into the physical installation and management of the exhibition.

Bringing together sculptures and installations from the past 50 years that explore perception and space, the exhibition presents artworks that share a quality linked to their dynamic optical effects, appearing to shift and change as the viewer moves around them. Space Shifters explores the myriad ways that we perceive ourselves and the surrounding space.

Learn how the show came together from one of the curators and hear from experts on how it fits into a greater art historical narrative, with talks from Tarini Malik, Hayward Gallery Assistant Curator, Dr Emma Richardson, Associate Professor of Materials, University College London, and Dawna Schuld, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, Texas A&M University.

Tarini Malik introduces the exhibition with a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition. Malik reveals how the artists and artworks were selected, and gives an insight into the collaboration on new commissions and the curation of this ambitious survey of artwork over the last 50 years.

This talk focuses on artworks by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jeppe Hein, Roni Horn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama, Alicja Kwade, Josiah McElheny, Charlotte Posenenske, Monika Sosnowska and Richard Wilson.

Dawna Schuld discusses the psychology and the phenomenology of the sculptures from the Los Angeles Light and Space movement.

Dr Emma Richardson talks about the relationship between material and technological making, and preserving the surfaces of artworks by Larry Bell, Fred Eversley, Robert Irwin, John McCracken, Helen Pashgian and De Wain Valentine.

After each speaker, individuals have the chance to ask questions in a Q&A session.

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Hayward Gallery


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)