Free admission to all exhibitions unless otherwise stated
20-21 September 2014
PASSING FABLES & COMPARATIVE READINGS: COLLECTING & INTERPRETING HUMAN SKULLS & HAIR IN LATE 19TH CENTURY LONDON
Opening times: 12-5pm daily
The Passing Fables & Comparative Readings Archive is the product of three years’ practice-based PhD research at Kingston University by The Wildgoose Memorial Library’s Keeper, Jane Wildgoose. Offering opportunities for comparative study, Passing Fables & Comparative Readings focuses on the late nineteenth century: when human skulls were collected in great numbers for comparative anatomical and anthropological research in museums, while in wider society the fashion for incorporating human hair into mourning artefacts became ubiquitous following the death of Prince Albert (1819-1861).
Transforming the Crypt Gallery into a Reading Room, Jane Wildgoose presents nineteenth century documentary material collected from letters, diaries, catalogues, and hairworkers’ manuals, together with examples of Victorian mourning culture from The Wildgoose Memorial Library collection.
At the heart of the Archive a new hairwork wreath takes up temporary residence in the gallery, briefly sharing the final home of the 557 parishioners of St Pancras who were laid to rest there between 1822-1854. The wreath has been devised as a work in progress, and made as a commemorative tribute to the many “lost but not forgotten” individuals whose mortal remains were removed from colonial burial sites and hospitals during the late nineteenth century, to be objectified as scientific specimens on the shelves of metropolitan museums.
More about the project
23-28 September 2014
Open 23-28 September
11-6pm Tuesday - Sunday
Private View: Tuesday 23 September 6-8.30pm
List of artists
2-12 October 2014
GREAT EXPECTATIONS OF AN INCURABLE OPTIMIST
Private View: Thursday 2 October 6-9pm
Finale View: Saturday 11 October 6-9pm
Mandy Webb's first solo London exhibition is being held in the atmospheric venue of The Crypt Gallery at St Pancras. A progression of sometimes colourful, dark and unique pieces.... A collection of work that documents a decade of her life living with HIV. The artist has previously exhibited as a Selected Artist for Pallant House, a finalist at Degree art in Vyner Street and exhibited regularly with Debut Contemporary in Nottinghill. Mandy invites you along to her preview night, supported by
friend and Patron of the Sussex Beacon, Ann Mitchell. The Sussex Beacon, an Organisation working with HIV Positive people in Brighton. The distinguished and awarding actor, Ann Mitchell has kindly offered to meet and greet visitors especially. There will also be live entertainment and refreshments to welcome you all. Some visitors will also have the opportunity to receive collectible pieces from Mandy's collection.
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14-19 October 2014
DISINTER- AN EXHIBITION DETAILING RESPONSES TO WORLD WAR ONE
Open 11-6pm Tuesday - Sunday
Private View: Tuesday 14 October 6-9pm
This show takes it lead from the 100 year anniversary since the outbreak of The Great War, which will be marked nationally in 2014 and will broadly look at why we still have wars and what we have learnt in the last 100 years. Why as human beings we still permit wars to occur, what is the driving force ultimately behind war and who is responsible. Is it our intrinsic human nature? 100 years ago the horrors of war were largely hidden until after the event, but today with our access to multimedia 24/7 this is harder to do, yet.........we still permit wars to carry on, the world over. It is telling that Plato was reported to have said, ’Only the dead know an end to war'.
Alex J Wood,
15 November - 14 December 2014
Koen Vanmechelen KOEN VANMECHELEN: DARWIN'S DREAM
Open 15 November - 14 December
Mon-Sat 11am-7pm / Sun 12-5pm
Private View: Friday 14 November 6-8.30pm
Koen Vanmechelen is a conceptual artist who explores the social function of art. For over 20 years
he has been making mixed media work around a central theme of diversity, immunity and fertility.
By approaching his subject laterally he has been able to make significant discoveries about genetics
which have not been reached through conventional scientific practice.
The artists new exhibition in London springboards from his ongoing project The Cosmopolitan
Chicken, in which he uses the chicken as a universal metaphor. By crossbreeding roosters and hens
from around the globe he reflects the benefits of a diverse gene pool. Over the past 15 years
Vanmechelen has cross-bred 18 generations of chickens from as many nations, proving emphatically
that greater genetic diversity results in increased fertility and stronger immune systems.
In the evocative, labyrinthine tunnels of the 200 year old crypt of St. Pancras Church, Darwin's
Dream, reflects on the artists discoveries through works in a multitude of media. Curated by Jill
Silverman van Coenegrachts and James Putnam, the exhibition features a living 'jungle' and a
miniature lake at its centre and includes performance video, photography and sculpture in glass. The
genetic lineage throughout the generations of the cosmopolitan chickens is illustrated in a family
tree and larger than life-size photographic portraits of the parents and their offspring, presented
alongside specimens of the different generations preserved in taxidermy.