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Modernism: A Sentimental Myth

10 Dec 2011

Modernism, a Sentimental Myth is taking place in conjunction with Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence and involves four exhibiting artists whose work connects with ideas of architecture, domesticity and modernism, alongside a panel of professionals working in the fields of art, architecture and urban planning.

The talk will begin with a site-seeing walk around the back streets of the ICA, where each artist will discuss a building/public sculpture/intervention they feel is significant to the discussion's theme and their own practice. Back at the ICA, a panel of speakers will discuss these connections and attempt to uncover what lies behind the idea of Modernism, a Sentimental Myth.

To continue the evening, join us for Everthing, a regular alternative club night curated by artists Thomas Shickle and Aisha Christison, members of the ICA Student Forum. The evening will include Jack Burton's sculpture (in the Theatre), works by artists David Rule, Jenny Pengilly and Jack Burton and music by Octagon Court. DJs DJ Mourka, Leon Hatcher and DJ Dj will be performing in the Upper and Lower Bar.  

Speakers include:

  • Murray Fraser, a professor of architecture at the Bartlett. He is completing a book with Joe Kerr on the US influence on post-war British architecture.
  • Victoria Walsh, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture and is currently co-writing the forthcoming publication Post-critical Museology: Theory and Practice in the Art Museum (Routledge, 2012).
  • Juan Bolivar, an artist-curator. He inaugurated TRAILER in 2001, curating ten exhibitions under this banner.
  • Fay Nicolson,  an artist, writer and curator with an interest in the legacy of modernism.

The four Bloomberg New contemporaries artists are Yelena Popova, Minae Kim, Poppy Whatmore and David Ben White.


  • 3.00pm - Walking Tour [free]
  • 5.00pm - Panel Discussion [£5, Free to ICA Members and BNC 2011 participants]
  • 7pm—1am - Club Night [£3, Free to ICA Members and BNC 2011 participants]


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