From Here to There…
As an exhibition officer my busiest times come when we are changing exhibitions. During a two or three week period we spend our whole day in one of the temporary galleries installing a new show. At the moment we’re taking down Fashion V Sport and installing From Here to There. This part of the job can be the most rewarding but also the most stressful. It is also extremely varied – over the last two weeks I’ve conditioned checked over 50 pairs of trainers, undressed numerous mannequins and packed a Paul Smith snowboard.
We begin installing From Here to There next week which really exciting as it’s the first time we’ve had an Arts Council collection exhibition in our new temporary galleries. The exhibition contains some of the best British based contemporary artists and explores themes of journeys, transitions and transformations. For example, Simon Patterson reinvents the London Underground map, renaming the tube stops so they become stars in a constellation. Richard Long and Hamish Fulton record their experiences of walks lasting hours, days and weeks through sculpture, photography and text. Anya Gallaccio uses materials which are allowed to change over time – dozens of fresh cut gerbera flowers trapped behind glass will ooze and decay during the course of the exhibition. Zarina Bhimji and Mona Hatoum explore issues about being exiled from their home countries as a result of political conflict. Gilbert & George consume glass after glass of Gordon’s gin and get very, very drunk.
The exhibition has been curated by our senior exhibitions and events officer, Rosie Addenbrooke, so I’m eager to see how the artworks hang together in the gallery and decide which my favourite is. Anyway, I’ve got to go finish packing some crates so we can get From Here to There finished in time!
Dominic Bubb, Exhibitions and Events Officer
Posted on 17/05/2010, in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions and tagged Anya Gallaccio, Arts Council, coventry, From Here to There, Gilbert & George, Hamish Fulton, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Mona Hatoum, museum, Richard Long, Simon Patterson, Zarina Bhimji. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.