Looking forward to Postmodernism: Style and Subversion

I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, Stop Making Sense is one of very few DVDs I own which I could happily watch every day for the rest of my life. Along with Alan Partridge, 200 Cigarettes, and Jeeves and Wooster boxsets ad infinitum, I can watch Stop Making Sense any time, anywhere, any day, and still get non-stop joy from it.

True story: just writing that, I had to stop watching Corrie and put it on.

I love Talking Heads more than most things in life, and it kills me every day that there are too many egos involved to ever let a full reunion happen. After like obviously KISS, they are grappling with Beach Boys for the second spot in my top three.


The point of this post was to say how excited I am about the upcoming post-modernism exhibition at the always-fabulous Victoria & Albert Museum this autumn. Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 is the V&A’s big winter exhibit this year, and will cover art, design, and culture in the 70s and 80s – including [GET READY!!] the big suit from Stop Making Sense. SCREAM! I’m no psychic, but knowing what he’s like, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were treated to a lecture from David in the events surrounding the exhibition too. SCREAM!

The V&A says:

The exhibition will explore the radical ideas that challenged the orthodoxies of Modernism; overthrowing purity and simplicity in favour of exuberant colour, bold patterns, artificial looking surfaces, historical quotation, parody and wit, and above all, a newfound freedom in design. Many modernists considered style to be a mere sideshow to their utopian visions; but for the postmodernists, style was everything.

Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 – 1990 will bring together over 250 objects across all genres of art and design, revisiting a time when style was not just a ‘look’ but became an attitude.

I don’t know about you, but that pretty much sounds like the best exhibition of all time in my eyes.

Other highlights include artwork from Jeff Koons and Peter Saville, music videos from Grace Jones (!!) and New Order (!!!) and films including Derek Jarman’s The Last of England (Tilda Swinton fans, get ready!!!!).

Another thing I’ve said before but that I’ll say again; exhibitions like this make me want to go back to university just so I can write an essay with footnotes about how good it is. Would it be weird to do that anyway and post it to the V&A like fan mail?

The exhibition opens on 24 September AND IT WILL BE FUCKING BRILL.

PS If you’ve never watched Stop Making Sense, consider yourself no longer a friend. Also, tell me. I’ll buy it and send it to you. I mean it!


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