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The Ballad of the Wing

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1989
Published by: City Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley
Year published: 1989

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Single sheet A4 portrait/monochrome type - photocopied on pink paper/press release produced by the gallery for the solo exhibition by Lubaina Himid

Title: The ballad of the Wing - An installation of paintings and sculpture made for Museums Year
Date: 25 November 1989 - 21 January, 1990

An extract from the press release text: “1989 is museums Year and there have been a lot of specially devised activities in Museums up and down the country. In Stoke-on-Trent, for example, we presented two celebratory exhibitions : A Children’s Museum and Useful and Beautiful. Lubaina Himid’s installation acts as a foil to this activity by challenging us to consider questions about the way history is interpreted in Museums. She began work on it after coming here to make Bone in China for the Palaces of Culture exhibition in 1987 and through it she asks why everyday objects are presented as precious treasures in Museums, who writes the labels and by which authority and how can we tell if what the labels say is true? Museums Year is a good time to think about these issues and to consider how different history would have been if it had been written from a Black working class woman’s point of view rather that a White middle class man’s point of view.”

Related people

»  Lubaina Himid MBE, CBE

Born, 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania

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Related venues

»  City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom