Black Eyes and Lemonade

9 Mar 2013 – 31 Aug 2013

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Whitechapel Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 25, 205, 254
  • Tube: Aldgate East / Aldgate
  • Train: Liverpool Street

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Black Eyes and Lemonade: Curating Popular Art


An archive display revisiting the Whitechapel Gallery's 1951 exhibition coinciding with the Festival of Britain featuring the ‘things that people make or are manufactured to their taste', which challenged established ideas about the cultural value attached to particular kinds of objects. The exhibition included Idris the talking lemon advertising lemon squash, lavishly decorated pub mirrors emblazoned with spirits and liqueurs presentation and explored topics including dvertising, drinking, tattooing, toys, pets, festivities and souvenirs. This presentation includes some of the original exhibits, including the iconic 1950s fireplace in the shape of an Airedale dog and explores Barbara Jones' approach to curating popular art.


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