Posts by Billy
25 January 2007 by Billy
If you’re heading over to the Walker Art Gallery this weekend for the opening days of The cathedral that never was and Doves and Dreams, you might also call in at the Conservation Centre for the final weekend of the Cape Farewell exhibition.
The exhibition looking at art and climate change finishes this Sunday, 28 January 2007.
24 January 2007 by Billy
At the second attempt, I managed to record Sandra Penketh’s picture of the month talk yesterday at the Lady Lever Art Gallery on John William Waterhouse’s ‘The Decameron’ and ‘The Enchanted Garden’ (mp3/transcript/links).
The paintings are companion pieces, ‘The Enchanted Garden’ depicting a scene from Boccaccio’s Decameron. Sandra’s talk looks at the contemporary influences on Waterhouse, the story of the Enchanted Garden and Lord Lever’s unusual approach to buying from Waterhouse’s widow.
The object of the month talk at 1pm in the Walker tomorrow (Thursday 25 January 2007) is on a Vivienne Westwood outfit from her Buffalo Girls collection.
The excellent Patrick Caulfield collection display at Tate Liverpool (not one of our venues) finishes early next month (4 February 2007), images of all fifty two works are available on the Tate website.
To mark the end of the display, Marco Livingstone will be giving a talk in the display space next Wednesday (full details). In 1981 Marco Livingstone selected works for the Walker Art Gallery’s Patrick Caulfield retrospective.
We take it for granted sometimes that everyone understands which venues we represent at National Museums Liverpool, but personal experience suggests it can be confusing. It’s even more confusing when we occasionally highlight events and exhibitions at other Liverpool museums and galleries on this blog.
I’m creating this post so that when I mention a Merseyside gallery or museum, I can include a link to this explanation.
We are – Walker Art Gallery, World Museum Liverpool, Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Sudley House, Lady Lever Art Gallery, HM Customs & Excise National Museum and National Conservation Centre.
15 January 2007 by Billy
What is the parent comet of the Lyrids? Are the Andromadids extinct yet? What’s the hourly rate of the Delta Aquarids? Do the Taurids end before the Leonids begin? If any of these questions have been troubling you the answers are now at hand with our new annual meteor shower chart from the staff at the Planetarium.
Leonid meteor shower, 2001, RG Photo
4 January 2007 by Billy
Audio downloads of the Lady Lever and Walker Art Galleries’ December artwork of the month talks are now online. At the Walker, Curator of British paintings Alex Kidson took a look at Henry Fuseli’s ‘The Death of Oedipus’ (mp3/transcript/links). Fuseli’s painting portrays a scene from the Sophocles play ‘Oedipus at Colonus’.At the Lady Lever, Dr Paul O’Keeffe gave a seasonal talk on ‘The Annunciation’ by Edward Burne-Jones (mp3/transcript/links). Paul discusses buying a bible and concordance, the connections between Eve and Mary, original sin, the V&A exhibition ‘Renaissance domestic life in Italy’, the model and her famous daughters, the history of the Grosvenor Gallery, Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Patience’, Oscar Wilde, William Morris and Clause 8 of the Trust deed of the Lady Lever collection.
I spent yesterday afternoon at the Alima Centre with artist Alison Jones. Alison was taking us round the ‘On the Edge’ exhibition in the second floor gallery.
The exhibition is part of Dadafest (Disability and Deaf Arts Festival), ‘exploring the physical and emotional issues of being forced to the
edge…of the city, the art scene, society, people’s consciousness and
Alison has produced an excellent sound piece for the exhibition ‘Art, Lies and Audio Tapes’ in which visitors to the Walker Art Gallery have been asked to provide a description of our popular painting ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?‘. This audio is then played in the exhibition in front of an imprecise line drawing of the painting. Read more…
I’ve been catching up with a podcast backlog – there are three recently recorded gallery talks now available to download.
At the Walker, Robin spoke about Ettore Sotsass’ ‘Casablanca Cabinet’ (mp3/transcript/links). The cabinet is displayed in the gallery’s cafe, outside the entrance to the Craft and Design gallery, and there is a lot of background noise on the recording from the lunchtime crowds.
4 December 2006 by Billy
The new designer fashion costume display opened in the Craft and Design gallery of the Walker Art Gallery this Saturday (2 December 2006). Our online feature provides background information on the designs on display.
Sam’s already blogged about the arrival of the mannequins, a visit from Ian Silverberg and a hole in the Vivienne Westwood dress; there’s also a flickr set showing the mannequins in the textile conservation studio.