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Stanley Picker Lectures: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London) is a British artist whose practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video.

The ICA is collaborating with The Contemporary Art Research Centre at Kingston University, London to host this year’s Stanley Picker Public Lectures on Art. The programme was established in 2007 by the artist Elizabeth Price to provide a platform for prominent contemporary artists and thinkers to present their ideas and work to a public audience.

This year’s artists include:

Friday 2 May - Stephan Dillemuth

Friday 9 May - Katrin Plavcak

Friday 16 May - Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Friday 23 May - Fiona Banner

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London) is a British artist whose practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Chetwynd’s performances and videos harness elements of folk plays, street spectacles, music videos and surrealist cinema. They generally employ troupes of performers—friends and relatives of the artist—and feature handmade costumes and props. Through meandering, improvisatory and often burlesque dramas, she has ranged across a panoramic range of subjects. Chetwynd’s performances strike a darkly carnivalesque note, and tread an ambiguous line between melodrama, arcane ritual, and pop-cultural spoof.

The artist was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012. Major performances include The Green Room (Nottingham Contemporary, 2014), Home Made Tasers (New Museum, New York, 2011-12), The Visionary Vineyard: Dreaming of Free Energy (Hayward Gallery, London, 2011, part of British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet), and A Tax Haven Run By Women (Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London, 2010). Recent solo exhibitions include Help! I’m trapped in a Muzuzah Factory (Le Consortium, Dijon, France, 2008) and Spartacus Chetywnd (Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland, 2007). Forthcoming solo presentations include those at Studio Voltaire, London, CCA Glasgow, and Cricoteka: Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, Poland.

The Stanley Picker Public Lectures are kindly supported by the Stanley Picker Trust.


Marvin Gaye Chetwynd | talks


Date and Time:

16 May 2014 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



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