Institute of Contemporary Arts,
To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the ground-breaking exhibition Parallel of Life & Art, this free exhibition presents original art works by the Independent Group co-curated by Middlesex University's Prof Anne Massey.
The Independent Group met at the ICA from 1952-5 and comprised of architects, artists, a music producer and writers. Celebrated today as the so-called Fathers of Pop, the Group worked with art, science, technology and popular culture. From horror films to theories of evolution, modern architecture to Marilyn Monroe, this group project worked beyond traditional boundaries and conventional disciplinary areas. The exhibitions organised by the group were highly innovative.
The ICA exhibition will include paintings, drawings and photographs by John McHale, Magda Cordell, Nigel Henderson, Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton, alongside related designed objects and ephemera from the Independent Group. .
In addition the exhibition will be accompanied by a two day conference which will bring together leading researchers, practitioners and curators who are working on aspects of the Independent Group. The aim will be to consider ways in which the Independent Group have been, and continue to be, exhibited. Participants will share their knowledge and approaches to this seminal moment in the history of British art and architecture at a very timely moment when the history of the Independent Group has come under increased scrutiny internationally.
Anne Massey is Co-Curator and organiser of the conference along with Matt Williams, Curator ICA.