International touring 
exhibition for Lynda

Lynda Morris at Canterbury College of Art, 1967. Courtesy Lynda Morris.

Lynda Morris at Canterbury College of Art, 1967. Courtesy Lynda Morris.

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AN INTERNATIONAL touring exhibition celebrating the maverick British curator, writer, art historian and patron Lynda Morris will open at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) in Dundee next week.

‘Dear Lynda...’ will open with a Preview Evening on Friday, March 8. Lynda Morris herself will be visiting Dundee for the exhibition’s installation at Cooper Gallery and will take part in a series of events from March 4-8.

Marking Morris’ contribution to contemporary art since the 1960s, ‘Dear Lynda...’ consists of artworks, artefacts, catalogues, posters, correspondences and other ephemera drawn from Morris’ personal archive and collections.

The exhibition records her encounters and collaborations with a remarkable group of artists including Gilbert & George, Richard Hamilton, André Cadere and many others. This unique body of material stems directly from her work with artists and the social, political and cultural context animating her activities.

Lynda Morris is respected as ‘the artists’ curator’ who has given many artists their first exhibitions. In 1991 acting on a desire to break open the boundaries of a London-centric art scene, she established EASTinternational, an open submission exhibition in Norwich. EAST went on to launch the careers of many artists, and turned Norwich into a recognised international hub for contemporary art.

‘Dear Lynda...’, which originated at White Columns in New York, was shown at Chelsea Space, London last year and will also visit Norwich University of the Arts and BQ Gallery in Berlin.

As part of the exhibition programme, a week-long ‘Salon with Lynda…’ will take place with Lynda Morris and invited speakers. This will open with a talk by Morris at Cooper Gallery entitled ‘Drinking with Gilbert & George 1972 – 76’ on Monday, March 4 at 4.30 p.m. It will continue with In Conversation events in the gallery featuring Morris and Graham Fagen, Sandy Moffat and Simon Groom at 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights of that week respectively.

A Preview Evening will take place on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m., and is open to anyone to attend. The exhibition will remain open until April 5. The Gallery opening times are Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except Saturday, March 30 when the gallery will be closed)

More information is available by visiting http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/exhibitions/exhibitions/dear-lynda/