An Afternoon at the Barbican
Despite the mixed feelings people have about the Barbican’s aesthetics (it was voted London’s ugliest building in a 2003 poll), it is the largest performing arts center in Europe and home to the London and BBC Symphonies, numerous theater venues, a public library and an art gallery.
My destination today was the art gallery, currently showing Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s. The exhibition offers an international perspective of the social and political upheaval of the 60s and 70s through the work of a dozen photographers. I am not an art critic and reducing this exhibit to a few words on a blog seemed an injustice, so I posted a few of my favourites below…
by David Goldblatt
by Bruce Davidson
by Earnest Cole
by Larry Burrows
by Raghubir Singh
by Shomei Tomatsu
by Li Zhensheng
as well as works from William Eggleston, Graciela Iturbide, Boris Mikhallov, Sigmar Polke, and Malick Sildbe. Everything Was Moving is on at the Barbican until 20 January 2013. It really is a “don’t miss.”
I was anxious to experience Random International’s Rain Room at the Curve, so I ran downstairs, grabbed a coffee and queued up for an hour (plus a bit). Come prepared with the morning paper, a friend and a coffee…it’ll help pass the time while you wait.
Once in the Rain room, you are enveloped by a torrential rain storm, yet you remain completely dry. I enjoyed walking through the pouring rain taking photos as much as I enjoyed watching other people “playing in the rain.” If you go, make sure you put your arms out wide and spin slowly in a circle. It’s surreal. And fun.
What is it about art that makes you hungry and tired? Luckily, the Barbican has a lovely food hall on the terrace level where you can enjoy lunch inside at one of the long tables or outside, on the sunny terrace next to the lake. I chose a seat by the window and a salad, perfect for people watching on a sunny, London afternoon.
Things to Know
For current exhibits and programs at the Barbican, check here.
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