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Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39

Caroline Bressey and Gemma Romain curate Tate Britain display

Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39

Drs Caroline Bressey and Gemma Romain have co-curated a spotlight display, Spaces of Black Modernism: London 1919–39, with Emma Chambers and Inga Fraser at Tate Britain.

The display explores the experiences and interactions of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds in London’s art world between the wars, based on Caroline and Gemma’s research project Drawing Over the Colour Line.

Spaces of Black Modernism draws together paintings, sculpture, photographs and archival material from Tate’s collection with others loaned from private and public collections, including the UCL Art Collection.

It follows the interactions that took place between artists such as John Banting, Edward Burra, Jacob Epstein, Barbara Ker-Seymer, Ronald Moody, Glyn Philpot and Matthew Smith, and with others, including the writers Claude McKay and Una Marson, the poet and political activist Nancy Cunard, the model ‘Sunita’ (Amina Peerbhoy) and the singer Elisabeth Welch.

The display is on at Tate Britain until 29 March 2015.  A programme of public events around the display will begin in November, supported by an AHRC Follow-on grant for £90 000.


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Gemma at the Tate exhibition


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