|The architecture of the original power plant is evident in the incredibly gigantic Turbine Room of the Tate Modern.|
|"The Tanks" is the name of one section of the building. The walls have|
been left with their original patina.
|Louise Bourgeois sculpture.|
|Louise Bourgeois works.|
|A sculpture made of cloth.|
|Bourgeois was amazingly adept at sculpting fabric with a needle and thread!|
|After seeing the Louise Bourgeois rooms, we spent the rest of the morning in the Georgia O'Keeffe special exhibit.|
|Schoolchildren with worksheets were everywhere in the O'Keeffe exhibit.|
I was stopped from taking photos after the first rooms.
Despite the crowds, I enjoyed seeing the O'Keeffe exhibit. Her early work was well-represented, along with photos from the gallery of Alfred Steiglitz, who first exhibited her paintings in 1916. Steiglitz, who later married O'Keeffe, was a photographer and gallery owner who promoted the potential of photography as art. The exhibit included a few photos by Paul Strand, Steiglitz, and Ansel Adams. Although I've seen other O'Keeffe exhibits and her museum in Santa Fe, this was the most extensive show of her work I have seen. New to me: some paintings of Indian kachinas from her time in the Southwest.
|Georgia O'Keeffe kachina paintings (and a few strays) from a google image search.|
After the O'Keeffe exhibit, we had lunch with our friends in the Members' dining room. As they live in London and often attend art exhibits, they are members of many museums and other cultural institutions. We then had another hour or so to try to see as much as we could justify doing in such a short time.
|The Member's dining room at the Tate Modern.|
|A room of works by Sheela Gowda, also crowded with kids on a school tour.|
All of the children we saw were behaving perfectly. Unfortunately there were way too many such tours in the building.
|In another part of the museum, we saw a collection of photo collages by the German painter|
John Heartfield. This 1928 work is titled "5 Fingers has the hand," which implores voters to
vote for the Communist Party.
"From 1920, when he joined the German Communist Party, Heartfield’s work was focused on mocking the hypocrisy and cruelty of far-right politics. His most powerful work was made for the Communist weekly AIZ (Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung, Workers’ Illustrated Newspaper). Although he showed his original photomontages in exhibitions, he always included copies of the mass reproduced magazine to show how his work addressed a wide public.
"Between 1930 and 1938 Heartfield contributed 237 photomontages to AIZ. The Nazis rapidly became his main target as he made ‘laughter a devastating weapon’ to expose their violence and fanaticism. His attacks became more urgent when Hitler became Chancellor in early 1933 and imposed anti-Communist censorship. Heartfield escaped to Prague where AIZ (and its successor Die Volks-Illustrierte, ‘People’s Illustrated’) continued publication until 1938. His cut-and-paste visual language remains fresh and immediate today, just as his challenge to Nazi propaganda still seems powerful and courageous." (source)
|"As in the middle ages...|
So in the Third Reich."
|A view from the galleries above the Turbine Room.|
|A kinetic sculpture including several giant fish was on display|
in the Turbine Room.