Tavares Strachan: In Plain Sight

Tucked away on Lower John Street in Soho is the Marian Goodman Gallery, a space so conducive to the viewing of art that it's become one of my regular haunts. Up until the 24th October they are hosting the exhibition In Plain Sight by Tavares Strachan. "Hidden" is the missing word, of course, but I don't want to pre-empt your experience too much; an experience, rather than just a straightforward trawl through a static collection of pictures, is certainly what you are going to get. This is a show that addresses the black experience not only through collage and sculpture but also through live performance, and it's something that you're going to want to immerse yourself in. You will see representations of Viv Anderson, Matthew Henson, Mary Seacole, Nina Simone, Rosetta Tharpe, Robert Smalls, Henrietta Lacks, Mahatma Gandhi and Princess Diana. You will hear the best singing that you're likely to hear away from any stage. And you will be enthralled, I hope, by Strachan's extraordinary collages, three of which are represented below. It's a bold show; one that doesn't waste any time in explaining itself. It asks for an intelligent, open and empathetic response and I have to say that I think that it deserves it.


Alan Humm


No Name in the Street


Touch The Stars


Every Knee Shall Bow