City Poems and City Music

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    Adrian HenriPoster for a poetry and music performance, 1968, 70 × 60 cm. Courtesy Estate of Adrian Henri

Free entry

11 April – 9 June 2019

Gallery 2

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–9pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

City Poems and City Music

11 April – 9 June 2019

Torn posters, sack-cloth and graffiti cover screens in a dark basement, while the taped sound of sirens and street traffic noises blast an assembled Liverpool crowd. City event took place in 1962 and was the first ‘Happening’ staged by artist and poet Adrian Henri (1932–2000).

Inspired by Henri’s interdisciplinary spirit, a season of art, poetry and music reflecting on the experience of the city comes to Whitechapel Gallery this spring. Musician Thurston Moore and arts editor Eva Prinz curate three evenings of experimental performance from today’s leading poets and musicians. The season is titled ‘City Poems and City Music’, after an exhibition that took place at the Gallery in 1975, featuring Henri and his peers.

Alongside will be a display of related material from Henri’s archive as well as recordings of the 1960s pop poetry band The Liverpool Scene (1967–70), which he fronted. The exhibition is curated by art historian Catherine Marcangeli and reveals Henri’s continual interest in the patterns, sounds and occasional violence of urban experience. Moore will be in residence during the exhibition, remixing audio recordings from the archive.


Supported by: Paul McCartney

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City Poems and City Music Live: Part one

Thu 11 April, 7pm
£20/£15 concs

Featuring Jarvis Cocker, this is the first in a series of live events curated by Thurston MooreEva Prinz and Catherine Marcangeli, featuring poets and musicians, inspired by urban environments.

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