black eyes & lemonade

In 1951, the Whitechapel Gallery ran an exhibition organised by the artist and writer Barbara Jones, featuring a range of fascinating and whimsical objects, from a talking lemon to a dog-shaped fireplace, which were all made in Britain, but generally excluded from museums and art galleries. The exhibition, entitled Black Eyes and Lemonade after a Thomas Moore poem, was well ahead of its time in highlighting the significance of popular art. All Things Considered shows a fabulous taster of the original catalogue, as well as the introduction by Barbara Jones.The Whitechapel Gallery is now showing the archive exhibition, featuring many of the original pieces, as well as unseen material from the Vogue, Design and Whitechapel Gallery archives and from Jones’ surviving studio.  The exhibition is free entry and certainly sounds a must see. I’ll definitely be popping by over the Easter holidays. – Miranda