A new exhibition celebrating the music that formed a unique bond between two transatlantic cities
View Two Gallery, Mathew Street, Liverpool
Open Fridays & Saturdays 12:00 - 17:00 and all other times by appointment
“In the 1950s, the merchant seamen working on the cruise liners sailing from Liverpool to New York, mostly as cooks and waiters, became known as Cunard Yanks. The Cunard Yanks saw themselves as fugitives from bombed-out austerity Britain. America represented liberation. They were entranced by the music they discovered there – Doo-wop, Soul, Rhythm & Blues – and hung out at jazz clubs where they heard Count Basie, Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie.”
The ‘Liverpool Next Stop New York’ exhibition investigates the links between these two famous cities and how this special relationship was enhanced by a love and appreciation of Black American music and culture.
Curated by RedHouse Originals Gallery, a group of renowned visual artists with links to both cities will offer an insight into the incredible impact the music had on Liverpool from the 1940s onwards. Many of the artists involved are successful musicians in their own right, providing a unique perspective on the effect of this revolutionary movement. Highlights include an exclusively commissioned sculpture by Mike Badger (The La’s) and original paintings by Horace Panter (The Specials). The exhibition also features work by acclaimed artists Pete McKee, Low Coney and The Studio of Ezra. A selection of original paintings, print-making and sculpture will be complemented by a range of historical and documentary photography, dating from the 1940s to the early 90s from Mark McNulty, Roger Sinek and many more.
The exhibition precedes a weekend long celebration at Sefton Park’s Palm House featuring seminal DJs Greg Wilson and Les Spaine.
More details will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information please visit www.nextstopnewyork.org.
LIVERPOOL: NEXT STOP NEW YORK
Location: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE www.viewtwogallery.co.uk
Exhibition Dates: 7th - 23th August 2015
The gallery is open Friday & Saturdays 12:00 – 17:00 and at other times by appointment
Preview: Thursday 6th August 2015
Event website: www.nextstopnewyork.org