Bobby Baker with her work 'Edible Family in a Mobile Home' at her prefab Acme house in Conder Street, E1. (Photo: Andrew Whittuck, 1976, courtesy Whitechapel Gallery)
‘Supporting Artists: Acme’s First Decade 1972 -1982’ at the Pat Matthews Gallery (Gallery 4), Whitechapel Gallery, closes on 23 February. Featuring original documents and photographs from Acme’s archives, as well as material contributed by artists who had houses and studios at the time, the exhibition explores the history of Acme and the legendary Acme Gallery in Covent Garden (1976–1981).
‘Acme Artists’ Films’ is a retrospective programme of screenings by Acme artists showing important work made in the first 10 years of the organisation. The event on 20 February includes an artists’ Q&A and can be booked via the Whitechapel’s website: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/shop/product/category_id/46/product_id/1868
To complement the exhibition, Acme have commissioned artist filmmaker William Raban to make an hour-long film which responds to Acme’s archive. ‘72-82’ combines archive material with interviews with artists who had houses or studios, or who presented work at the Acme Gallery. The film will be premiered in October 2014.
Following the end of the Whitechapel exhibition, the archive will return to Acme where it will be available to view by appointment. We are currently digitising parts of the archive to make it a permanent, accessible resource. For more information, contact Jack Fortescue, Communications Officer firstname.lastname@example.org