Here’s our pick of art-related events which might be worth taking a look at this February.
Lethaby Gallery – Future Map 2012
Future Map is an annual exhibition showcasing emerging talent from the University of the Arts London. Fifty artists have been selected from thousands of BA and MA students across all University of the Arts colleges and displays work from a range of disciplines including fine art, photography, fashion, design and textiles. The exhibition aims to showcase “the next generation of artists and designers who will define our visual landscape”.
Runs until 9 February. Free.
Tate Modern – Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
The Tate’s retrospective of American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein will showcase 125 of his paintings and sculptures in the first full-scale retrospective of his work in over twenty years. Alongside his most well-known works across many disciplines such as painting and sculpture, there will be a selection of previously unseen collages and drawings. The exhibition hopes to celebrate the “visual power and intellectual rigour of Roy Lichtenstein’s work” as well as examining “his enduring legacy”.
21 February – 27 May. Tickets: £14; £12.20.
Museum of London – Women in Focus
The Museum of London’s exhibition of a new selection of photographs from acclaimed photographer Dorothy Bohm finishes this month. The exhibition showcases Bohm’s colour photographs capturing the lives of women in London from the 1990s to the present day as she juxtaposes the images of women we are shown in the media with real women living in London. To accompany the exhibition, on 5th February two short films will be shown exploring Dorothy Bohm’s life and work.
Runs until 17 February. Both events free.
Press Play House – Who is Moloch?
Encompass Productions presents Who is Moloch? by Pamela Carralero in its premiere at the Press Play House this month. Set during World War III, this surrealist drama tells the “uncompromising story of loss and transformation” as a company of soldiers barricade themselves underground with only a sleep-inducing drug and a copy of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play explores the trauma of war and how the soldiers’ “grip on reality is put to the test”.
Runs from 30 January – 9 February. Tickets £10.
Hampstead Theatre – Di and Viv and Rose
Anna Maxwell Martin, Gina Mckee and Tamzin Outhwaite star in Di and Viv and Rose written by Amelia Bullmore in its transfer from a Downstairs production to the Main stage following a sell-out run last year. The play follows three women’s lasting friendship from University to today, in its exploration of “friendship’s impact on life, and life’s impact on friendship”.
Runs until 23 Feb. Tickets: £15-£29
Roundhouse – Playing Cards 1: Spades
Playing Cards 1: Spades by renowned theatre maker Robert Lepage is the first in a series of four plays based on each suit in a pack of cards. This first production is set in Las Vegas at the beginning of the US invasion of Iraq as it explores the theme of war. Described as “an astounding 360° theatre experience,” the play makes use of the Roundhouse’s Main Space to showcase Lepage’s “theatrical wizardry”.
7 February – 2 March. Tickets: £15 – £40
British Library – Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction
Featuring manuscripts, books and artworks among others, this exhibition at the British Library explores the development of the Crime Fiction novel from its origins in the early 19th Century through to Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple.
Runs until 12 May. Free.
Tabernacle – 5 x 15
This monthly event at the Tabernacle gives five speakers fifteen minutes to talk on their chosen subject. This month’s event sees London writer Iain Sinclair, director Beeban Kidron, writer and philosopher John Gray, journalist and author Paul Mason and poet Salena Godden “entertain, enthral and inspire”.
25 February. Tickets: £16.50 – £22
King’s Place – Guardian Review Book Club: Carol Ann Duffy
In this Valentine’s themed event, the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy talks about her Love Poems. She will read from her collection that showcases thirty-four of her most popular poems taken from early collections to her most recent, exploring “love in all its forms”.
13 February. Tickets: £9.50