EXHIBITIONism: Curating Super-Culture at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

By on February 2, 2019

This four-part series of talks looks at the process of conceiving and constructing large-scale exhibitions via the opinions of some of the most influential curators, historians, producers and designers.


Exhibitions have the ability to unearth, give life and delicately expose the otherwise private archives of iconic personas. When curating a show around an icon, how do you uncover and go beyond the myth without destroying the legacy? From pop music icons to giants of the fashion world, some exhibitions transcend time and place – super cultural extravaganzas that chart the visionary exploits and impact of game-changing personas.

This talk with Katie Baron, Victoria Broackes (V&A) and Eleanor Nairne (Barbican) will discuss the trajectory of putting on a blockbuster show, and how they have stitched together some of the most transformational moments and careers in pop cultural history – from amassing huge private collections to putting on a sell-out Exhibition.

Talks Host

Katie Baron is a London-based writer, content director, brand strategist and futurist with extensive experience within the fashion, retail and design industries. A recognised force in futurism she is also the global Head of Retail (Trends, Insights & Innovations) at Stylus.com.
She is a regular contributor to SHOWstudio.com and Forbes.com, a founding member of LCF’s future-scoping think-tank Digital Anthropology Lab and is the author of two books on visual culture – Stylists: New Fashion Visionaries and Fashion + Music: Fashion Creatives Shaping Pop Culture.

Victoria Broackes is Senior Curator for the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance. She was the V&A curator for Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains (2017) and co-curator of the major 2016 V&A exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels, 1966-70 about the ongoing impact of the social and cultural youth revolutions of the late Sixties and its relationship to the way we live now.

In 2013 Broackes co-curated David Bowie is, the fastest selling exhibition in the V&A’s history, and edited the accompanying V&A publication David Bowie is. She co-presented the film of the exhibition, David Bowie is Happening Now, a first for the Museum, created as a Live Event on the last night of the exhibition. After touring the world, the exhibition closed at Brooklyn Museum in July 2018 having been seen by over 2m million visitors.

Eleanor Nairne is Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, where she has curated ‘Basquiat: Boom for Real’ (2017) and Imran Qureshi, ‘Where the Shadows are so Deep’ (2016). She has contributed to a number of publications including Taschen’s forthcoming Basquiat monograph, Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age (2014) and The Surreal House (2010). She was previously Curator of the Artangel Collection at Tate, is a contributor to frieze.

EXHIBITIONism: Curating Super-Culture at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is held Wednesday 6th February 2019.

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