4 August 2022
6:00 pm
10:00 pm

MAO Late

Explore Modern Art Oxford after hours with the galleries, Shop and Café open until 10pm.

With Ruth Asawa: Citizen of the Universe open until late, a guided procession and live performance by artist Sarah Blisset (more info below), and special discounts in the Shop and Café all evening*, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the gallery after hours, and celebrate great art in Oxford. Enjoy music throughout the evening from DJ The Manacles of Acid.

Why not join a free curator-led tour of the exhibition during your visit? From 6.30-7pm, Amy Budd (Senior Curator of Projects and Exhibitions) will lead a guided tour of Citizen of the Universe, our major exhibition celebrating the life and work of artist, activist and educator Ruth Asawa. Click here to book free tickets for the tour.

*For this event only, enjoy a special 15% off in the Shop and Café (20% for Friends) all evening. Just show your free MAO Late ticket when you pay. (Exclusions apply)

About River Rememberings, a live performance by Sarah Blissett, from 7.15pm

Please note: Part of the performance will take place off-site and will involve moving to Christ Church Meadow and back. Please meet us at 7.15pm in the Yard if you would like to join this part of the event. You are welcome to stay at Modern Art Oxford and see the second half of the performance in the Café.

How does a river remember? 

River Rememberings is a live performance combining movement, text, and an installation of found objects from the foreshore. The piece explores Thames river ecologies of the past, as a way to rethink our relationship with the river in the future.

Starting at 7.15pm, the first part of the performance will be a guided walk to Christ Church Meadow and back to Modern Art Oxford. Back at the gallery, Sarah will present a movement score and reading in the Café with objects that she has collected along the Thames path in London as part of an artistic research project called Marking Tidetime. These objects will be on display throughout the evening. The whole performance (including the circuit) will last between 45 mins and 1 hour.

Sarah Blissett is an artist, writer and researcher. Her interdisciplinary practice explores ways of working with ecologies in performance. She is interested in how interactions between language, bodies and sites can remember and reimagine entangled human-nonhuman narratives. Recent projects include: How Nature Builds, Modern Art Oxford (2019, 2022), Kelp Curing, LIAF Kelp Congress (2019), Vestiges, Beaumont Gallery (2019), Water Bodies, Whitstable Biennale (2016).

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