The Ark: A Historic Archive Show is an exhibition based on Grace Ndiritu’s research. The work deals with the complex dialogue between differing ideas of viewing the world through the lens of both postmodernism and modernism.
These are ideas are now given full expression at Bluecoat through the mixing of non-rationalist pedagogy, videos of a traditional modernist painting school in Morocco and her lived research on community, farming, permaculture, ecology to create a platform to discuss these topics.
The conversation will begin with a discussion of Simon Sadler’s text “Mandalas or Raised Fists? Hippie Holism, Panther Totality, and Another Modernism” which unpacks California’s Bay Area 60s activist scene and the overlaps and distinctions between the Black Panthers and the activism that emerged around the Whole Earth Catalog, a hippie almanac published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972.
The discussion will be punctuated by short silent meditation breaks led by the artist.