previews

  • Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis

    Tate Modern
    Bankside
    February 1–April 29, 2001

    Forget Acoustiguides: Kaleidoscope eyes would be more the thing for the visitor to Tate Modern’s first major temporary exhibition, an eclectic survey of nine metropolitan centers that doubles as a grand tour of cultural change in the twentieth century. A dozen curators have lent their particular expertise to individual chapters of this global epic. Three European cities—modernist Paris, Secessionist Vienna, and revolutionary Moscow—bring us up to 1930; after World War II, the story branches out to Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Tokyo, and New York. The museum’s hometown and Bombay share the limelight as cultural capitals of the 1990s.

  • City Racing 1988-1998: A Partial Account

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
    The Mall
    January 25–March 18, 2001

    In 1993, betting shop-turned-gallery City Racing hosted Gillian Wearing’s photo series “Signs that say what you want them to say and not signs that say what someone else wants you to say.” A twist on Wearing’s title—galleries that show what you want them to show—might offer a neat summary of the innovative showroom’s ethos. Ten years of independent, not-for-profit programming came to an end in December 1998, but the story continues in ICA curator Matthew Higgs’s survey. City Racing artist-founders John Burgess, Keith Coventry, Matt Hale, Paul Noble, and Peter Owen are featured, alongside Sarah Lucas, Jemima Stehli, Ceal Floyer, Lucy Gunning, and other key exhibitors.