Beryl Korot – Text and Commentary, 1976-1977.
This weekend we will start celebrating the work of Beryl Korot through a series of ventures. Beryl’s work will be on display from 2 March – 9 June.
Beryl Korot was an active player in New York’s emergent video art scene in the 1970s and considered a pioneer of multichannel installation in particular. ‘Text and Commentary’ was inspired by the punch card system of the Jacquard loom and its impact on Charles Babbage, a mathematician who originated the idea of a programmable computer in the 19th century. It is a groundbreaking work comprised of weavings, videos and paper-based scores that, when first shown in 1977, moved the video medium beyond the television’s frame and into art installation.
We will firstly be celebrating Beryl’s work this Saturday 2 March with Saturday Supplement. We start at 11am with music from a musical performance from Epiphany, who will continuing their performances throughout the day. At 1pm Beryl Korot will lead a intimate talk about her work ‘Text and Commentary”. Finally the will be a talk from Callum Innes at 2.30pm who will discuss his paintings and works on paper. So come along are meet the artists.
We will also be using Beryl’s work as inspiration through our Textile Art Now events. Textile Art now is a new event here at Whitworth Art Gallery and are monthly talks, discussions and workshops introducing new, textile artists. The first session is on 9 March and will be led by the talented Hannah Leighton. This event is completely FREE but booking essential, so please call 0161 275 7450
Crafternoon Tea will also be inspired by Beryl Korot. Crafternoon Tea are a 2 hour long session, led by a textile artist who will teach you a way to innovate a simple textile technique to create something wonderful and crafty. These sessions are £5 each and you will receive a voucher for a tea or coffee in our cafe when you done. Booking is essential, please call 0161 275 7450
You can listen to Beryl speak about her work on BBC Radio Manchester’s Women’s Hour here…