Here’s our pick of art-related events that might be worth taking a look at this month.
National Portrait Gallery – Man Ray Portraits
This retrospective of Man Ray’s work focusses on his career from 1916 to 1968 in America and Paris, featuring over 150 prints and key photographic portraits alongside his work published in leading fashion magazines. The exhibition aims to demonstrate Man Ray’s “central position among the leading artists of the Dada and Surrealist movements” whilst showcasing his use of “revolutionary photographic techniques and early experiments with colour.”
Tickets: £10.90-£14. Runs until 27 May.
Royal Academy of Arts – George Bellows (1882 – 1925): Modern American Life
Realist painter George Bellows is considered “one of the greatest artists in America” and this exhibition is the first retrospective of his work. The exhibition focusses on the predominant themes of his work from boxing, social scenes and seascapes to portraits, cityscapes and the First World War across this collection of 71 pieces.
16 March – 9 June. Tickets: £6-£11.
National Theatre – Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century of Style
Norman Parkinson is regarded as the “father of modern fashion photography” with many concepts that are now commonplace in fashion photography having been introduced in his work. To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the exhibition will explore all aspects of his career from the early 1930s to his death in 1990, showcasing both his fashion photography and portraits.
Runs until 12 May. Free.
Blue Elephant Theatre – Oedipus
Lazarus Theatre Company aims to produce “the best in classical theatre for a contemporary audience” and they bring Oedipus to the Blue Elephant Theatre this month. They bring Sophocles’ classic to life through “text, movement and music” following Oedipus as he hears of a prophecy that could ruin all he has built.
Runs until 23 March. Tickets: £9-£15.
Barbican – Watt
Gate Theatre Dublin returns to the Barbican with this adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s novel Watt. The play recalls the “extraordinary adventure of an itinerant character” on his journey to the home of Mr Knott – “a mysterious man whom he will serve” – and his attempts to make sense of the events which unfold around him.
Runs until 16 March. Tickets: £18.
Waterloo East Theatre – Dorothy in Oz
Immersion Theatre present the UK premier of Dorothy in Oz – a “skewed adaptation” of the well-known classic Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This adaptation follows Dorothy who, whilst committed to a facility for the mentally ill, is treated with a drug that causes hallucinations. She’s told that her only hope for release is to find the hospital administrator: The Great Oz. On her way, she encounters “Skarekrow”, “Rusty” and “Mr Lyons” – all takes on the recognisable scarecrow, tin man and lion from the original, instead placed in the “dark, twisted version of the hospital”.
Runs until 17 March. Tickets: £10; £12.
Southbank Centre – Women of the World Festival
WOW (Women of the World) is a global, annual festival which invites men and women to celebrate women’s achievements and to discuss the obstacles faced by women across the world today. The festival hosts a programme of talks, performances, concerts, debates and music alongside exhibitions and workshops across a broad selection of fields from the arts and fashion to politics and science.
6 – 10 March. Tickets: £12; £6 (Day Pass) Some events are individually priced.
V & A – David Bowie is
This first international retrospective of David Bowie’s career explores the “creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon”. Among the vast collection of over 300 objects are handwritten lyrics, costumes, photography, album artwork and set designs in this exploration of Bowie’s career and his role as one of the most “pioneering and influential performers of modern times.”
Runs from 23 March – 11 August. Tickets: £4.50 – £15.50
A series of 3 events explores both established and emerging poets from Bloomsbury. The first, Andrew Motion and Friends, sees the former Poet Laureate joined by poets Liz Berry, Adam O’Riordan and Robert Hampson. Contemporary Voices from Bedford Square showcases the work of graduates from Royal Holloway University of London’s Creative Writing MA and Bloomsbury’s Women explores the history of Bloomsbury’s female poets.
7 March; 13 March; 20 March. Free.