Tate Liverpool 2014

A Fashionable Marriage - Lubaina Himid
A Fashionable Marriage installation, Tate Liverpool – part of Keywords Photo: Denise Swanson FBIPP

A dynamic exhibition and lecture programme looking at how changes in the meaning of words reflect the cultural shifts in society. Keywords is presented in partnership with Tate Liverpool and is based on Raymond Williams’ seminal text – Keywords: a vocabulary of culture and society

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) in partnership with Tate Liverpool, presents Keywords, an exhibition and talks programme based on Raymond Williams’ study of the vocabulary of culture and society, drawing on iconic works from the Tate collection together with key loans.

Sunil Gupta project
Sunil Gupta project


Artists include:

Sonia Boyce, Willie Doherty, John Dugger, Rita Donagh, Sunil Gupta, Mona Hatoum, Lubaina Himid, Inventory, Derek Jarman, Louis Le Brocquy, Gustav Metzger, Donald Rodney, Guy Tillim, David Wojnarowicz, Stephen Willats and Carey Young. 
The talks programme includes speakers Linda Bellos, Leo Bersani, Douglas Crimp and Geeta Kapur.

Tate Liverpool in partnership with Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) presents Keywords, an exhibition and talks programme based on Raymond Williams’s study of the vocabulary of culture and society. Artists include Sonia Boyce, Rotimi Fani-Kayode,Sunil Gupta, Derek Jarman, Richard Hamilton, Lubaina Himid and Donald Rodney. The exhibition will be presented in a specially designed space by artist Luca Frei and designer Will Holder.

First published in 1976, Keywords is a seminal work in the study of the English language. Williams understood ‘Keywords’ as those words that repeatedly crop up in our discussion of culture and society. The book contains over 130 short essays on words such as ‘theory’, ‘criticism’, ‘technology’, ‘violence’ and ‘art,’ providing an account of the word’s current use, its origin and the range of meanings attached to it. Williams hoped another form of presentation could be devised for the book, to reflect how words form networks of meaning in relation to one another. This exhibition invents such a format, by considering words through works of art which come together in ‘clusters’ in order to explore, interrogate and expand their meaning.

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