What's On Saturday 15 October 2011

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: This is the first in-depth survey of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most controversial phenomena in recent art and design history: postmodernism. It shows how postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including design, art, music, film, performance and fashion. By the 1980s consumerism and excess were the trademarks of the postmodern. The exhibition explores the radical ideas that challenged Modernism; overthrowing purity and simplicity in favour of exuberant colour, bold patterns, artificial looking surfaces, historical quotation, parody and wit and above all, a newfound freedom in design. See over 250 objects across all areas of art and design and revisit a time when style was not just a ‘look’ but became an attitude. Supported by the Friends of the V&A With further support from Barclays Wealth

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    Free entry

    EXHIBITION: Power of Making celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. The exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world, presenting a range of skills with imaginative and spectacular results.

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 Special Events

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    PERFORMANCE: Don’t miss The Colored Museum, a hilarious show performed by the acclaimed Talawa Theatre Company.

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    Free entry

    SPECIAL EVENT: Come into the Power of Making exhibition for weekly live demonstrations and talks by designers and artists, including the monthly Digital Design Drop-In. Every Friday, 19.00-20.30 & Every Saturday, 13.00-16.00

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    TALK: Join documentary film maker, educator and academic theologian, Dr. Robert Beckford, and a panel including Bonnie Greer to discuss two and a half decades of Black British identity.

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 Family Events

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    Free entry

    FAMILY EVENT: Journey across the V&A with fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials. Choose from Back-packs, trails or, for the under 5s, an Agent Animal bag.

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    Free entry

    FAMILY EVENT: Let your imagination run wild as you travel around the Museum to get ideas for our crafty challenges. Find the Imagination Station in the Grand Entrance on Saturdays and the Sackler Centre and British Galleries in the holidays.

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    Free entry

    FAMILY EVENT: Enjoy the V&A collection with fun, interactive gallery performances for all the family, available on saturdays.

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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for Recording the New: The Architectural Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co. 1870-1930

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Explore the work of Bedford Lemere & Co, the leading architectural photography company of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In business from the 1870s until the 1940s, Bedford Lemere and his son Harry Bedford Lemere pioneered professional architectural photography and set the standard for others to follow.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards celebrates the best illustration published over the last year. Original artwork from the best illustrated book, book cover, magazine and student illustrator of the year will be on display, together with a selection of all competition entries.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: See highlight pieces from the V&A's outstanding Prints and Drawings collections, chosen by curators and showcased each month. Accessible during Prints and Drawings Study Room opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.00 (closed Saturday 28 May).

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 Courses

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    STUDY DAY: Explore innovations in architecture, product design and fashion during this decade of ironic self awareness, ambiguity, irony and kitsch. Hear talks by expert curators and commentators including broadcaster and historian David Heathcote. Speakers include fashion writer Lucy Norris, graphic designer Trevor Johnson and design historian Dr Catharine Rossi. 10.30-17.00

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 Free talks & tours

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    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which describes the history of the V&A and introduces a selection of treasures from the Museum's outstanding collections.

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    Free entry

    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Starting at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance at 11.30.

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    Free entry

    OPEN STUDIO: Meet our resident artists and designers, see their work in progress and find out about their creative practice. 13.00–16.00 on selected dates. Supported by the Friends of the V&A

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    Free entry

    TOUR: Take a guided tour of the V&A's exciting theatre and performance collections, including rock & pop posters, theatre and ballet costumes, puppets, stage sets and more! See new costumes from the Lion King now on display.

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    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and art on view anywhere in the world.

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 Workshops

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    WORKSHOP: Customise your bike as you learn how to strip down a saddle, cushion its frame and reinvent your ride using leather. Led by Amber Heptinstall. Saturday 15 October, 10.30–16.30

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 Young People's Events