The museum that I am doing an online tour for is the Tate Museum, located in Millbank, London. The Tate gallery is showing the works of artists such as Chris Ofili, Lorna Simpson, Uzo Egonu and more; it is also showing interviews and discussions with musical artists such as Solange Knowles, connecting her interactive journey with the works of Betye Saar, for example. This is one that I found particularly interesting, as I did not think that art museums typically linked work to music, another art, for a form or storytelling.
Showing artists for British Black History Month is the primary focus of the museum’s art, exhibitions and events at the moment. In the midst of it, its events also include workshops, film premieres and modern film series at its several other gallery locations. However, other artists in the collection are both famed and less known. One particular art piece that I liked while viewing the collection is by Guerrilla Girls, a group of anonymous female artists. It is a poster created in 1988, which reads in all capital letters “At last! Museums will no longer discriminate against women and minority artists.*.” This is because of the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988, barring any institution that is discriminatory in operations from federal funds. The post ends with a call to action for women and artists of color to call their favorite museums.
Hoping that I wouldn’t have to search through 3902 pages to find more artwork I liked, I came across “Spider” by Louise Bourgeois, a sculpture of a giant arachnid, made in bronze and granite. The sculpture takes up the entirety of its space and it appears as if the spider is crawling. Bourgeois’ inspiration behind the sculpture is her mother, likening her to a spider—“deliberate, clever, patient, soothing, reasonable, dainty,” etc. The spider is a recurring theme in her work.