Eileen Cooper Curates Two Rooms at Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020

Eileen Cooper has curated two rooms at this years annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. For the first time in its 252-year history, the Summer Exhibition will fall in winter. This years exhibition was curated remotely, due to the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, but Cooper states, ‘with iPhones, Zoom and FaceTime – plus spreadsheets, digital images and the excellent RA arthandlers and Summer Exhibition team it was possible.’

This years exhibition will meditate on themes of identity, immigration, contested borders, ecological threat, climate change and pro-democracy protest, and feature works of installation, painting, film, photography and sculpture.

Cooper’s rooms focus on printmaking, while other rooms have been curated by Richard Deacon, focusing on sculpture, and Sonia Boyce, Stephen Farthing, Issac Julien and David Remfry focusing on two-dimensional works. The architect Eva Jiřičná has curated the architecture room. The exhibition was coordinated by Jane and Louise Wilson RA, who sought a collective effort in the exhibitions curation, with concepts and thematic threads emerging from discussion with the hanging committee as a whole.

Three of Cooper’s works will feature in the exhibition, including Night Shade, 2020, shown above. The exhibition opens on the 6th October, and runs through to the 3rd January. Find out more here.

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