EXHIBITIONism: Curating Super-Culture

How do you exhibit the legacy of an icon? From Jean-Michel Basquiat to David Bowie

6 Feb 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Ace Hotel
100 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6JQ
United Kingdom



This four-part series of talks looks at the process of conceiving and constructing large-scale exhibitions via the opinions of some of the most influential curators, historians, producers and designers.


Exhibitions have the ability to unearth, give life and delicately expose the otherwise private archives of iconic personas. When curating a show around an icon, how do you uncover and go beyond the myth without destroying the legacy? From pop music icons to giants of the fashion world, some exhibitions transcend time and place - super cultural extravaganzas that chart the visionary exploits and impact of game-changing personas.

This talk with Katie Baron, Victoria Broackes (V&A) and Eleanor Nairne (Barbican) will discuss the trajectory of putting on a blockbuster show, and how they have stitched together some of the most transformational moments and careers in pop cultural history - from amassing huge private collections to putting on a sell-out Exhibition.

Talks Host

Katie Baron is a London-based writer, content director, brand strategist and futurist with extensive experience within the fashion, retail and design industries. A recognised force in futurism she is also the global Head of Retail (Trends, Insights & Innovations) at Stylus.com.

She is a regular contributor to SHOWstudio.com and Forbes.com, a founding member of LCF’s future-scoping think-tank Digital Anthropology Lab and is the author of two books on visual culture - Stylists: New Fashion Visionaries and Fashion + Music: Fashion Creatives Shaping Pop Culture. 


Victoria Broackes is Senior Curator for the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance. She was the V&A curator for Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains (2017) and co-curator of the major 2016 V&A exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels, 1966-70 about the ongoing impact of the social and cultural youth revolutions of the late Sixties and its relationship to the way we live now. 

In 2013 Broackes co-curated David Bowie is, the fastest selling exhibition in the V&A’s history, and edited the accompanying V&A publication David Bowie is. She co-presented the film of the exhibition, David Bowie is Happening Now, a first for the Museum, created as a Live Event on the last night of the exhibition. After touring the world, the exhibition closed at Brooklyn Museum in July 2018 having been seen by over 2m million visitors. 

Eleanor Nairne is Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. Her recent exhibitions include Basquiat: Boom for Real (2017) and Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep (2016). She is currently working on a retrospective of American abstract expressionist Lee Krasner, which will open in May 2019 before touring to three European institutions. She is a contributor to frieze and is a previous Jerwood Writer in Residence. Prior to the Barbican she was Curator of the Artangel Collection at Tate, where she organised exhibitions of work by artists including Francis Alys, Yael Bartana, Jeremy Deller, Catherine Yass and Mike Kelley.


EXHIBITIONism is a four-part talk series. Talks can be booked individually or if you want to attend all four please select the 'Series Pass' for £50.

6 February - Curating Super-Culture 

20 March - Agents of Provocation

10 April - Creative Interpretation

22 May - Future Shows: Exhibitions Reimagined


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Image: Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, 2017. © Marcus J Leith




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