June 10, 2013 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - Keep Your Timber Limber
June 10, 2013

Keep Your Timber Limber

Tom of Finland, Untitled, 1963. Graphite on paper. © 1963 Tom of Finland Foundation.

Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper)
19 June–8 September 2013

Points of Departure
26 June–21 July 2013

The Grantchester Pottery: Artist Decorators
19 June–14 August 2013

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH

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Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper)
19 June–8 September 2013
Curated by Sarah McCrory

Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper) explores how artists since the 1940s to the present day have used drawing to address ideas critical and current to their time, ranging from the politics of gender and sexuality to feminist issues, war, censorship and race. Stretching from fashion to erotica, the works can all be viewed as being in some way transgressive, employing traditional and commercial drawing techniques to challenge specific social, political or stylistic conventions.

The exhibition brings together the work of eight artists: Judith Bernstein, Tom of Finland, George Grosz, Margaret Harrison, Mike Kuchar, Cary Kwok, Antonio Lopez and Marlene McCarty.

The exhibition is made possible with support from The ICA Exhibition Supporters Group including Manuela and Iwan Wirth, among others.

Also on view:

Points of Departure
26 June–21 July 2013
Points of Departure features new commissions resulting from six residencies in London and Ramallah by British and Palestinian artists, exploring the concept of liminality.

Fox Reading Room presentation:
The Grantchester Pottery
19 June–14 August 2013
The Grantchester Pottery are transforming the Fox Reading Room with a presentation of works made collectively, including hand-made wallpaper, a woven pottery blanket, murals and screens alongside functional ceramic items including lamps, vases, paperweights, pots and cups.

Related talks and events:
Judith Bernstein in conversation with Sarah McCrory – Thursday 13 June, 6:45pm
Cultural Exchange: More Harm Than Good? – Wednesday 10 July, 6:30pm
The Trouble with Counter Culture – Wednesday 24 July, 6:45pm
Sex and the Stereotype – Thursday 22 August, 6:45pm
Keren Cytter, and Kiera Fox & Charlie Feinstein of Maria and the Mirrors / Ashkelon – Thursday 5 September, 8:30pm
From Style to Substance: Tom of Finland and Antonio Lopez – Saturday 7 September, noon

London Festival of Architecture
Architecture and the Independent Group – Saturday 8 June, 4pm
The Rendered World – Saturday 15 June, 4pm
The Architecture of Play – Saturday 22 June, 4pm
Subverting Domesticity: Heteronormativity, Homemaking and Sexual Minorities in London – Saturday 29 June, 4pm

Culture Now
Elizabeth Magill with Godfrey Worsdale – Friday 14 June, 1pm
Antti Laitinen with Harri Laakso and Lizzie Neilson – Friday 21 June, 1pm
Ali Abukhattab and Samah al Sheikh – Friday 28 June, 1pm
Jacqueline Rose with Mignon Nixon – Friday 12 July, 1pm
Polly Morgan with Sue Hubbard – Friday 19 July, 1pm
Stuart Semple with Neville Brody – Friday 2 August, 1pm
Gerald Cinamon with David Pearson – Friday 13 September, 1pm

Friday Salons
Machine Project Presents! – Friday 21 June, 3pm
Residencies as Liminal Space – Friday 28 June, 3pm
Reading as a Contemporary Art – Friday 5 July, 1pm
Research Through Drawing – Friday 30 August, 1pm
Judith Bernstein and Beyond – Feminism, War and the Body – Friday 6 September, 3pm

Touring Talks
Mirna Bamieh (in Arabic) – Thursday 27 June, 6:30pm
Rebecca Heald – Thursday 11 June, 6:30pm
Giulia Smith – Thursday 18 July, 6:30pm
Cherry Smyth – Thursday 1 August, 6:30pm

ICA Student Forum
Manga Made – Saturday 13–Sunday 14 July
Sex on Screen – Wednesday 17 July, 6pm
Camping Cubicles – Tuesday 30 July, 6:30pm
Going South: Queer Cartographies in Post-Apartheid South Africa – Thursday 3 September, 6pm
Honk If Your Body’s Not Yours! – Thursday 5 September, 6:30pm

Artists’ Film Club
Shifting Landscapes – Saturday 29 June
Paulo Nazareth – Wednesday 17 July
Pratchaya Phinthong + Q&A – Tuesday 30 July
Bonnie Camplin + Q&A – Wednesday 31 July
Jennifer Bornstein – Saturday 3 August
Neil Beloufa – Saturday 17 August
Cara Tolmie + Q&A – Wednesday 21 August
Keren Cytter + Q&A – Wednesday 4 September
Ken Okishii + Q&A – Saturday 14 August
A Weekend of Anger: the films of Kenneth Anger – Saturday 27–Sunday 28 July

ICA Artist Editions
We have two new editions to accompany Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper) by Judith Bernstein and Cary Kwok. There will also be a special ceramic edition to accompany The Grantchester Pottery: Artist Decorators

For information contact vicky.steer [​at​] ica.org.uk | +44 (0)20 7766 1425 | www.ica.org.uk/editions

Members receive up to 25% discount; all proceeds support the ICA. 

Press information: Naomi Crowther | Press Officer | ICA | naomi.crowther [​at​] ica.org.uk | T 020 7766 1407


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