Glam! The Performance of Style
8 February – 12 May 2013
From Warhol to Roxy Music, this is an exhibition that celebrates an era of high camp, glitter and extravagant taste in fashion, music and art.
Between the years of 1971 and 75 there was an explosion of a wild and ornate pop style in art and music.
From David Bowie’s re-incarnation as Ziggy Stardust and the glamorama of Soul Funk, this was a period of high camp and gender bending. Art school bands began using fashion to question their identities while artists blurred the boundaries between high and low culture. Through the art of David Hockney, Richard Hamilton and Allen Jones, a new pop aesthetic was emerging.
Across the waters, Andy Warhol was producing his celebrity portraits of the stylish glitterati while Peter Hujar was documenting New York’s underground elite, revealing that not everything that glitters is gold.
Peter Hujar’s tender portrait of the Warhol superstar Candy Darling on her death bed, and Marc Camille Chaimowicz’s spectacular, glitter-strewn installation ‘Celebration? Realife’ featuring mirror balls, strobe and stage lighting and music from David Bowie. It has got more va va voom than Cher.