Grace Jones’ image explored in new exhibit, Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio

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Featuring work by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe and more.

A new exhibition exploring Grace Jones’ image and performance aesthetic – Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio – is opening at Nottingham Contemporary this autumn.

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Situated somewhere between biography and study, the exhibition takes its departure from Jones’ career and artistic collaborations to explores ideas of Black image-making and gender binarism.

Presenting Jones as a pioneering figure who expunged binary systems – across the realms of gender, sexuality, race and performance – curators Cédric Fauq and Olivia Aherne “unfurl a range of Grace Joneses: from disco queen to dub cyborg; Jamaican to French; runway model to nightclub performer.”

Alongside historical background and contemporary views of Jone’s image-making, the exhibition also delves into stage design, music and fashion.

Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio, features work by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynn Goldsmiths, Roland Barthes, ACT UP, Robert Mapplethorpe, legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa, and more.

Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio is scheduled to run from the 26th September 2020 to the 3rd January 2021 – subject to change due to the Coronavirus pandemic – at Nottingham Contemporary.

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