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Salon with Lynda... Lynda Morris on Drinking with Gilbert & George 1972 – 76

Please join us for the first in the Salon with Lynda... Events Series

Monday 4 March, 4.30 - 6pm: Talk by Lynda Morris, Drinking with Gilbert & George 1972 – 76

Lynda Morris will discuss her friendship with the artist duo Gilbert & George during the 1970s and the influence their work and insights have had on her 'way of life'.
The exhibition title is drawn from an engraved glass Gilbert & George gave Morris as a gift, which is featured in the exhibition at Cooper Gallery.

Please book a place for this free event here:

The other events in the series are as follows

Tuesday 5 March, 4.30 - 6pm: In Conversation, Lynda Morris & Graham Fagen

Wednesday 6 March, 4.30 - 6pm: In Conversation, Lynda Morris & Sandy Moffat

Friday 8 March, 4.30 - 6pm: In Conversation, Lynda Morris & Simon Groom

Preview: Friday 8 March, 6 - 7.30pm

Exhibition: 9 March - 5 April 2013

Lynda Morris, further biographical information:

Lynda Morris is Professor in Curation and curator of the Norwich Gallery at NUA and the EASTinternational exhibition, which has been held over the last 20 years bringing 25 artists a year to work in Norwich. The programme over the last 30 years has included work with Peter Doig, Neo Rauch, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Long, Marian Goodman, Peter Kennard, Gustav Metzger and Konrad Fischer.

After studying at Canterbury College of Art, she worked at the ICA 1969 to 1972 on exhibitions including When Attitudes Become Form and Ed Kienholz 10 Tableaux. She then worked for Nigel Greenwood 1971 to 74 organising the first exhibition of Artists’ Books, Book as Artwork 1960 / 1972 with Germano Celant (republished in 2010). She was Richard Hamilton’s assistant for his Guggenheim retrospective in 1973 and wrote an MA (by thesis) at the RCA on the future of Art Education, based on Art & Language in Coventry, Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf and The Projects Class at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada. The latter was the model for her Visitors Programme at the Slade School of Fine Art with projects by Dan Graham, Marcel Broodthaers, Gilbert & George, Joseph Beuys and Barry Flanagan. She organised the first exhibition of Minimal Art in the UK, STRATA, 1973 at the RCA. The Agnes Martin works were brought to SNGMA together with David Brown 1974.

Between 1976 and 1980, Morris organised exhibitions at the Midland Group in Nottingham including the first UK shows of Gerhard Richter, Robert Mapplethorpe and a curatorial project with R. B. Kitaj and John Szarkowski. She has just curated Documenting Cadere 1972-78 at Modern Art Oxford, touring to Mu.ZEE Ostend and Artists Space New York. In 2012 Morris curated the Vanley Burke exhibition By the Rivers of Birminam of photographs of the Handsworth Jamaican Community. She edited the Special issue of Third Text magazine British Art and Immigration 1870 to the present day No. 11, 1990. She is continuing to work on Picasso and Africa after 1945. She curated the Tate Liverpool exhibition Picasso: Peace and Freedom on Picasso and Communism after World War Two. It travelled to the Albertina in Austria and the Louisiana in Denmark. The research began in the late 1970s with A.I.A.: Story of the Artists' International Association, 1933-53held at Modern Art Oxford in 1982 with a national tour which included the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 1983. That in turn was inspired by her Paisley born Grandmother who was helping the Spanish Civil War Organisation in London and was a member of Wal Hannington’s Unemployed Workers’ Movement. As a curator, historian and tutor she edited Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77 - Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections after the death of her PhD student Sophie Richard with Ridinghouse/Karsten Schubert 2009 and Conception, Conceptual Documents 1968 to 1972 with Catherine Moseley in 2000.

Lynda was born in Gourock, Renfrewshire in 1947, grew up in Dover and has two children.

Information about EASTinternational:

EASTinternational was a highly influential annual and then biennial open submission exhibition which ran from 1991 to 2009 in Norwich. EASTexhibitions were capable of defining the arrival of a new generation of artists with new attitudes towards making art. EAST’s democratic structure, with no rules of exclusion, allows artists to tell us what is going on. The selectors’ choice reflects what they learn from looking at more than 11,000 images of artists work from more than 30 countries. The EASTdiscourse was held between the selection and the exhibition opening, bringing all the artists together so they have the same information as the selectors and the curator. Applications from over 1,000 contemporary artists were received each year with approximately 25-30 artists selected to exhibit. Many artists who are now recognised as important figures had one of their first major public showings at EAST including Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Alexander Guy, Matthew Higgs, Kenny Hunter, Runa Islam, Lucy McKenzie, Corin Sworn and Tomoko Takahashi.

Dear Lynda … is an international touring exhibition that considers the maverick British curator, writer, art historian and patron Lynda Morris’ ongoing endeavours and contributions in contemporary art since the 1960s. Consisting of artworks, artefacts, catalogues, posters, correspondences and other ephemera drawn from Morris’ personal archive and collections, the exhibition records Morris’ encounters and collaborations with a remarkable group of artists of our time, including Gilbert & George, Richard Hamilton, John Baldessari, Art & Language, Marcel Broodthaers, André Cadere, Stephen McKenna, John Wonnacott, David Lamelas, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Marcel Broodthaers, Gustav Metzger and Nigel Henderson among many others. This unique body of material stems directly from her work with artists and the social, political and cultural context animating her activities.

With her politics and passion Lynda Morris is respected as ‘the artists’ curator’ who has given many artists their first exhibitions. In 1991 acting on a desire to break open the boundaries of a London-centred art scene, Morris established EASTinternational, an open submission exhibition in Norwich. EAST became rapidly responsible for launching the careers of many artists, including Jeremy Deller, Matthew Higgs, Hurvin Anderson, Lucy McKenzie, Karla Black and Corin Sworn, and turned Norwich into a recognised international hub for contemporary art.

Reverberating throughout Morris’ career is an interest in conceptual art and socio-political issues, evidenced in her Picasso exhibition Peace and Freedom at Tate Liverpool in 2010, in which Morris presented a unique angle that looked at Picasso's ties with politics and the influences they had on his art. In a similar tone Morris’ current exhibition Documenting Cadere, 1972 - 1978 at Modern Art Oxford, depicts the ongoing relevance of André Cadere’s position on ‘space and politics’.

The exhibition at the Cooper Gallery features an audio interview with Lynda Morris by curator Sophia Hao, accompanied by an autobiographical ‘zine. Opening with the Rolling Stones, the ‘zine illustrates Morris’ beguiling adventure in the art world which, as Morris put it, “has never been a job, just the perfect way of life”.

Specially conceived as an addition for its Cooper Gallery presentation, Dear Lynda … includes an audio interview with André Cadere by Lynda Morris in 1975 and David Lamelas’ 1972 film Filmscript, in which Morris is featured. As part of the exhibition programme, Cooper Gallery is also delighted to present Salon with Lynda… a week long series of events featuring Lynda Morris and invited speakers, which will open with a captivating talk by Morris on Drinking with Gilbert & George 1972 – 76.

Dear Lynda…originated at White Columns NYC and is on tour to Chelsea Space London, Cooper Gallery Dundee, Norwich University of the Arts and BQ Gallery Berlin.

Cooper Gallery is on Level 2 of the Crawford Building, DJCAD.

Please note this exhibition has special opening hours. It is open Monday - Saturday between 11am and 4pm (except Saturday 30 March when the gallery is closed)

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