Charleston Exhibitions: Orlando at the Present Time; Zanele Muholi-Faces and Phases; Famous Women Dinner Service
January 9th @ 11:30 am - February 17th @ 3:00 pm
‘Orlando at the present time’, brings together contemporary artistic responses to Virginia Woolf’s landmark novel Orlando: A Biography, and marks 90 years since the novel’s original publication. Works by artists including Kaye Donachie, Paul Kindersley, Delaine Le Bas and Matt Smith appear alongside rarely seen letters, photographs and objects pertaining to the original publication of the novel.
‘Faces and Phases’ is an ongoing series of black-and-white photographic portraits by Zanele Muholi, commemorating and celebrating black lesbian and transgender experiences. Describing the project, Muholi has said that ‘Faces and Phases’ is an “insider’s perspective that both commemorates and celebrates the lives of the black queers I have met in my journeys. I set out to establish relationships with them based on a mutual understanding of what it means to be a black member of the LGBTQIA+ community today.”
Charleston is hosting the first museum display of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s Famous Women Dinner Service since it was created for Kenneth Clarke in 1932. After this the plates disappeared from public view and their whereabouts were unknown until very recently. The plates were created by Bell and Grant when they lived at Charleston and each plate depicts one famous woman, featuring figures as various as the Queen of Sheba, Sappho, Nell Gwynn, Emily Brontë and Elizabeth I.
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