Raven Row: This Way Out of England, Gallery House in Retrospect, Weekend 5

Carlyle Reedy, Monkey Continuum, 1972, Gallery House.

Raven Row, London: 10–12 March 2017, Weekend 5
Open Friday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm, and during events
Updates on weekend programmes to follow

This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect
Seven weekends of performances, screenings and discussions

Friday 10 March, & Saturday 11 March 6.30pm: Anthony McCall performs Streaks, 1972. No booking required 

McCall hand-constructed 81 slides for a performance work in 1972 that he never realised. Forty-five years later, for the first time he will enact the performance – Streaks – creating a powerful optical effect by projecting hand-marked slides rapidly across a wall.

Saturday 11 March & Sunday 12 March 2pm–5pm: Carlyle Reedy’s Museum of Living Thought. No booking required 

Poet, artist, musician and performer Carlyle Reedy became well known in the late sixties for her collective Monkey Theatre. She came to live in Gallery House for her round-the-clock performance there. At Raven Row she will process collages, texts and other forms for the length of the weekend. The artist may be working in Raven Row throughout Saturday and Sunday, but will be most active presenting and speaking between 2pm and 5pm both days.

New in the galleries:

Victor Burgin, Anthony McCall

Elsewhere in the galleries:

Ian Breakwell, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, David Lamelas, Darcy Lange, Gustav Metzger, Stephen Willats and the Centre for Behavioural Art

This weekend Raven Row welcomes two artists, Anthony McCall and Carlyle Reedy, to perform works relating to their contributions to Gallery House in 1972. Despite their shared interest in performance and time, the two artists’ practices are in a way opposites: McCall’s early 1970s performances for film and slide projectors emphasise the temporal translation of live work into its recorded and projected image, while Reedy’s theatrical pieces distend time to a 1:1 relation between art and lived life.

Following his talk last weekend at Raven Row, Victor Burgin, one of the most influential conceptual artists, installs several works from the early 1970s that were originally included in Part II of A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain at Gallery House. As well as performing Streaks, Anthony McCall will install two other slide works made at the time of his Gallery House presentation in 1972.  

Forthcoming Programme

Bookings will be available following the email sent the week of the event.

17–19 March 2017
Saturday 18 March, 4pm: History or Not: Addressing Omissions in the Retelling of Art’s Stories, a round table discussion including Felicity Allen, Sonia Boyce, Amy Budd, Susan Hiller, and Hilary Robinson, chaired by Alexandra Kokoli.
Sunday 19 March, 4pm: Gallery House round table, with Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury

In the galleries:
Ian Breakwell, Victor Burgin, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, Darcy Lange, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Newport Group, Stephen Willats and The Centre for Behavioural Art

24–26 March 2017
Saturday 25 March: John Latham, Object Lectures performance organised by Gareth Bell-Jones
Sunday 26 March: Finissage discussion with Michael Newman and Sanja Perovic

In the galleries:
Ian Breakwell, Stuart Brisley, Victor Burgin, Michael Druks, Robert Filliou, Gerard Hemsworth, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller, Anthony McCall, Gustav Metzger, Newport Group, Graham Stevens, Stephen Willats, Film programme (organised with LUX) based on A Survey of the Avant-Garde in Britain Part 3

Gallery House was one of London’s most influential and extraordinary art spaces in the 1970s, directed by Sigi Krauss with assistant director Rosetta Brooks. For only sixteen months in 1972-73, in a vacant mansion provided by the German government next to the German Institute in South Kensington, Gallery House hosted exhibitions, residencies, performances and events as well as pioneering ‘expanded cinema’ and much new film and video work. For many of the featured artists Gallery House would prove a formative experience.

Gallery House favoured heterogeneity, colliding the multiplicity of forms and styles co-existing at the time, from performance and experimental cinema to cybernetic, social and conceptual practices. Ultimately, the radical nature of Gallery House’s programme led to its abrupt and contested closure by the German Institute.

This Way Out of England seeks to emulate the spirit of Gallery House by inviting a number of artists to rethink their original interventions in the space. The episodic nature of this project acknowledges the impossibility of framing what was an ephemeral experiment. The project is curated by Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury.