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Two Night Stands Updated

Two Night Stands

Exhibition: Friday 17 March – Saturday 8 April

Launch: Friday 17 March, 5.30-7.30pm

Artists: Ross Sinclair, Natalie Wardle, OAPAO, Dundee Print Collective, Bruce McLean, Jade Montserrat

Co-curated with Lynda Morris

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Space is never neutral; it is always contested.

The question of who owns a space and who occupies it is a stubborn source of friction in culture and politics. It is a struggle that often “goes wrong, goes very wrong . . . but you must not worry because it might finish much, much worse…". Speaking of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 Picasso’s words call out an abiding truth for the ‘post-truth’ world we now inhabit.

Evading Picasso’s bleak prognosis, Cooper Gallery takes on the crucial tension between space and politics by asking who owns its space. Avoiding the small print of legal documents for an answer, Cooper Gallery with Two Night Stands declares that the ownership of the gallery belongs to the artists who occupy it.In a spirit of contesting space and politics, Cooper Gallery will be taken over by artists and collaborative groups between 17 March to 8 April. Breaking down the format of an exhibition into a sequence of immediate and impromptu appearances, Two Night Stands takes up a problem of space and politics discussed between Andre Cadere, an artist who pioneered institutional critique and the internationally esteemed curator Lynda Morris.

In 1975 inspired by a week of meetings with Andre Cadere in London pubs that just happened to be the locals of key figures of Conceptual Art and their dealers, Lynda Morris then developed Cadere’s idea that the ownership of a space came between an artist and their audience and organised One Artist – One Day. Lasting for two weeksit provided a space outside the conventions and constraints of the exhibition. Twenty-two years later it happened again at the Norwich Gallery in 1997, but this time it was daringly called One Night Stands co-curated by Morris and Kirsty Ogg. And now two decades later Cooper Gallery takes up the cause of space and politics from Morris and opens its doors for Two Night Stands with six ‘happenings’.

A one night stand or even a two night stand carries with it the sense of the unplanned, the immediate and the unexpected. Two Night Stands at Cooper Gallery is also steeped in the history and presence of people and events, which Lynda Morris recounts for us in the following letter from Lynda.‌

Letter From Lynda (updated)

Read letter from Lynda

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Ross Sinclair
Ross Sinclair collaboration band

Happening 1: Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March 2017

10am - 5pm

Natalie Wardle Control Pant Symphony
?Natalie Wardle

Happening 2: Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 March 2017


Event: Wednesday 22 March, 6pm

OaPaO writing

Happening 3: Friday 24 & Saturday 25 March


Event: Saturday 25 March, 5pm

Dundee Print Collective
Dundee Print Collective

Happening 4: Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 March


Event: Wednesday 29 March, 6pm

Bruce McLean
Bruce McLean, High Up on a Baroque Palazzo

Happening 5: Friday 31 March & Saturday 1 April


Event: Friday 31 March, 6pm

Jade Montserrat 2
Jade Montserrat

Happening 6: Friday 7 & Saturday 8 April


Event: Friday 7 April, 6pm

Two Night Stands_slider

Two Night Stands for website

Ross Sinclair 24hr drumming solo

Ross Sinclair 24hr drumming solo

Natalie Wardle_slider

Natalie Wardle_slider

OAPAO Remap 4


Bruce McLean

Bruce McLean web

Jade Montserrat_slider

Jade Montserrat_slider