The art world loves to celebrate and impower women, here are six of the best exhibits for July.
MARY QUANT, THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM (Now – Sept 2020)
Mary Quant revolutionised fashion, creating hot pants, vibrant tights and makeup. Quant infiltrated and wowed both the Bristish and the Amercican Highstreets over many decades. This exhibition play homage to a fashion icon.
Book here: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/mary-quant
“KISS MY GENDERS”, HAYWARD GALLERY (Now – 8th Sept)
Kiss My Genders is a group exhibition celebrating more than 30 international artists whose work explores and engages with gender identity.
The exhibition has received multiple five-star reviews, including one from The Guardian calling it ‘a gender-fluid blockbuster’. Dubbed an ‘enthralling exhibition with a crucial sense of activism’ by the Evening Standard, Kiss My Genders is a ‘trailblazing show’ (The Telegraph) of ‘dazzling works’ (Metro).
FAITH RINGGOLD, SERPENTINE (Now- 8th Sept and FREE)
For more than five decades, Ringgold has consistently challenged perceptions of African American identity and gender inequality through the lenses of the feminist and the civil rights movements. As cultural assumptions and prejudices persist, her work retains its contemporary resonance.
AN ENQUIRING MIND: MANOLO BLAHNIK, THE WALLACE COLLECTION (Now- 1st Sept and FREE)
The exhibition features a personally selected edit of shoe designs from Blahník’s private archives set amongst the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection. A rare opportunity to see excellence in contemporary design alongside the exceptional quality of the Wallace Collection’s own art works.
“Che si può fare” by HELEN CAMMOCK, WHITECHAPEL GALLERY (Now – 1st Sept and FREE)
Max Mara prize winner for women Helen Cammock is a visual poet whose drawings, prints, photographs and films juxtapose word and image. Through her residency she collected the testimonies of activists, migrants and refugees, witnessing the transformation of lament into the expression of survival and resilience. Their stories emerge in a body of new works: a split screen film; a triptych of vinyl cut prints; a group performance and a screen printed frieze that captures the power of women’s voices from the Baroque period to Italy today.
CINDY SHERMAN, THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY (Now – 15th Sept)
Sherman’s work is often linked to feminism, her photos call attention to the objectification of women in the media. This exhibition shows a major new retrospective and will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day.
★★★★★ Time Out ★★★★★ Observer ★★★★★ Evening Standard