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Polygraphs is a group exhibition exploring truth, fiction and evidence in a complicated world. Centred around Abstract (2012), a two-channel video work by Berlin based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl, gifted to Glasgow Museums’ collection last year, the exhibition is drawn entirely from Glasgow Museums’ collection.

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Abstract, 2012 Hito Steyerl Two channel HD video with sound 7 minutes, 30 seconds Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Artists are often witness to a changing global environment and their role within that culture is to document, ask questions and create layers of meaning to engage audiences with current international discourses. Thus, Abstract provides a frame through which to encounter other artists interested in interrogating dominant historical narratives and our relationships to the arms trade, colonialism, the slave trade and feminism.

Polygraphs reflects GoMA’s long-standing interest in research and evidence based documentary artworks. The exhibition includes works from the last 100 years and poses questions about the relationship of museums to the histories, identities and politics that they represent. By re-displaying older works alongside more recent pieces the exhibition reactivates truths and fictions still relevant today.

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The resource space and public programme for Polygraphs has been developed in conjunction with graphic designer Neil McGuire and Cyber-Crannog

Note: Abstract was presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2015. It marks the first work by Hito Steyerl to enter a public collection in the UK

ARTISTS: Jane Evelyn Atwood, Muirhead Bone, Boyle Family, Gerard Byrne, Graham Fagen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Beth Forde, Alasdair Gray, Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Hockney, Wyndham Lewis, Peter Kennard, kennardphillips, Barbara Kruger, Scott Myles, Anthony Schrag and Hito Steyerl

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Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th March 2015 This week-long event was created to celebrate the artist Alasdair Gray who lives and works in Glasgow and has just turned 80. Born in Riddrie in the east of Glasgow in 1934, he attended the Glasgow School of Art in the mid 1950s. Gray is a prolific poet, playwright, novelist, painter and printmaker, and is often described as a creative polymath – an expert in many art forms. The concept of ‘Up a Snake and Down a Ladder’ was to introduce a larger and more diverse audience to Alasdair Gray in a fun, inviting and interactive way. The learning team at GoMA opened up the main Gallery 1 space to the public and invited them to learn and create by adding to the installation over the week. This event was low cost in terms of budget and resources therefore a key part of the success of the event was partnership working with the wider GoMA team including the library downstairs. The event also complemented the Spheres of Influence show in Gallery 3 which looks at the key influences of Gray and also those he now influences in current art practice. The idea of how artists, musicians and the like can influence one another gave the ideal starting point to develop into a week-long event. Through discussion and mind-mapping the learning team were able to create a wide variety of creative activity in the gallery from musical performances, jewellery making workshops and theatrical performances to book readings by Alasdair Gray and Tom Leonard. It was important to have something for all ages and to that end we collaborated with the Wee Write festival and offered storytelling sessions for visiting schools and nurseries. Along-side scheduled workshops and performances the main feel for the gallery was that of an open studio where the public could dip in and out of a wide selection of self-led activity including a library corner, giant games and board games. A highlight of the week was a chess tournament with professional chess players playing on a chess board from the contemporary art collection held in GMRC. ‘How the West was Wild’ by Victor Tiede (Canadian) was an instant hit with the public, people were very pleased to see something that had been in storage for so long especially as it was being used for its original purpose.

Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat, about 1894 Aubrey Beardsley, 1872–1898 Zincograph Given by RA Walker, 1922 PR.1922.33.c  (c) CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat, about 1894
Aubrey Beardsley, 1872–1898
Zincograph
Given by RA Walker, 1922
PR.1922.33.c
(c) CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

Not long now before the Alasdair Gray Season: Spheres of Influence I opens. GoMA are also pleased to be able to present a series of talks, events and workshops with partners, curators and artists involved in the Alasdair Gray Season. These are some of those confirmed so far:

TALKS
Saturday 6 December, 3pm-5pm at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Alasdair Gray roundtable:

Join Jenny Brownrigg, Exhibitions Director, The Glasgow School of Art; Katie Bruce, Producer Curator, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; and Sorcha Dallas, Curator of Alasdair Gray: From the Personal to the Universal. Chair: Professor Alan Riach, Professor of Scottish Literature, Dept of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow for a roundtable discussion as part of the Alsadair Gray Season.

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 7pm
The Killing Joke and Other Diagrams
Rob Churm in conversation with Gregor Wright
The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 6PH – eventbrite details to follow

Thursday 12 March 2015, 2pm
Dr Michael Phillips, internationally acknowledged Blake scholar and curator of William Blake: Apprentice & Master (The Ashmolean, University of Oxford, 4 December 2014 – 1 March 2015) will offer a virtual tour of the exhibition, reflect upon it, and then welcome questions on any aspect of Blake, at the Lecture Theatre, The Burrell Collection, Pollok Park – eventbrite details to follow

SATURDAY ART CLUB: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Saturday 14 February: Layer, Overlap, Outline
Layer, overlap, outline, combine cut collage! – inspired by David Hockney

Saturday 28 February ‘In limbo’
Imagine a world wedged between reality, dream, good, and bad. Make a spectacular imaginative drawing inspired by Dürer.

ADULT ART CLUB: Sundays 1 – 3 pm Book in advance. Call 0141 287 3050 11am-4pm or ask at GoMA Reception.
Create compositions, charters and mood using a limited palette inspired by Rob Churm’s ‘Dank Anvil’

Sunday 11 January: Artist – led Workshop with Rob Churm
To celebrate Alasdair Gray Season, Rob Churm will talk about his work and influences before leading a practical art workshop

Sunday 18 January: Spheres of Influence Walking Tour
An opportunity to enjoy two related exhibitions in one afternoon! Join our ‘Alasdair Gray: Spheres of Influence’ tour, starting at GoMA and walking to Glasgow School of Art. Bring your sketchbooks to record ideas

Sunday 25 January: Compose like Stanley Spencer
Rounded figures, huddles of activity, composed cityscapes. Muddle together your own Stanley Spencer inspired picture from a multitude of sketches.

Sunday 1 February: A Is For Armadillo, Armour & Aubergine!
Design your own Alisdair Gray inspired children’s book, packed full of poetry, pictures and prose.

Sunday 8 February: Masters of Print
Take inspiration from the masters of print: Japanese artists such as Kunisada mastered the art of print in the 18th Century. View this amazing work of art and have a go at creating your own

Sunday 15 February: Lick The Page With Marks!
Create compositions, charters and mood using a limited palette inspired by Rob Churm’s ‘Dank Anvil’

Alasdair Gray Season: Spheres of Influence I

Alasdair Gray Season: Spheres of Influence I

Spheres of Influence I
22 November 2014 – 25 May 2015

Aubrey Beardsley                    William Blake
Rob Churm                              Albrecht Dürer
Paul Gauguin                          Alasdair Gray
Alan Fletcher                           Mark Gertler
Carole Gibbons                      David Hockney
Kunisada (Toyokuni III)         Chad McCail
Gilbert Spencer                       Stanley Spencer
Adrian Wiszniewski

We are looking forward to the opening of this exhibition on Friday 21 November celebrating the artist and writer Alasdair Gray who lives and works in Glasgow, part of the Alasdair Gray Season . Born in Riddrie in the east of Glasgow in 1934, he attended the Glasgow School of Art in the mid 1950s. Gray is a prolific poet, playwright, novelist, painter and printmaker, and is often described as a creative polymath – an expert in many art forms.

Spheres of Influence I looks at Gray’s practice, influences and work to re-present works from Glasgow Museums’ collection and explore the connections between them. Gray has talked extensively about influences on his work, such as William Blake, Aubrey Beardsley, Albrecht Dürer and Paul Gauguin. In exploring Glasgow’s collection we are able to bring some of these artists’ works together, along with more recent works by Gray’s peers and by younger artists who have in turn been influenced by his visual and writing practice.

Spanning over 500 years, the works in this exhibition provide an opportunity to explore new connections with Gray’s works, as well as influences of style, technique or subject matter.

Spheres of Influence I is part of the Alasdair Gray Season, devised by Sorcha Dallas, which celebrates Alasdair Gray at 80 years old. It focuses on his visual art work with exhibitions and events in venues including Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow Print Studio and the Glasgow School of Art. Spheres of Influence II is at the Glasgow School of Art until 25 January 2015.

Glasgow Museums would like to thank Sorcha Dallas, Ben Harman and Jenny Brownrigg for their support in the development of Spheres of Influence I, and Alasdair Gray for his generosity in talking about his work and influences for the short films which support the programme.

There is a programme including the events below:

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 7pm
The Killing Joke and Other Diagrams
Rob Churm in conversation with Gregor Wright
The Old Hairdressers, Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 6PH

Thursday 12 March 2015, 2pm Dr Michael Phillips, internationally acknowledged Blake scholar and curator of William Blake: Apprentice & Master (The Ashmolean, University of Oxford, 4 December 2014 – 1 March 2015) will offer a virtual tour of the exhibition, reflect upon it, and then welcome questions on any aspect of Blake, at the Lecture Theatre, The Burrell Collection, Pollok Park.

There will also be some workshops as part of the Saturday Art Club and Adult Art programme in the New Year. More details to follow.

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