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The CF To-Do List: September 2021

Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.

Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from London to New York – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch, and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.

© Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

Vivian Maier, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris

Unknown in her lifetime, Vivian Maier – a Chicago governess who was also a secretive street photographer – is the subject of major show at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris this autumn. Presenting previously unseen photographic archives (which were discovered in 2007), works on display will include vintage photographs that Maier printed, Super 8 films never shown, as well as audio recordings. Presenting a comprehensive look at Maier and her oeuvre, this illuminating exhibition is a must-see.

Robert Melendez (1944 - ) Sporting Around, 1969 Charcoal & Pantone Colour Overlay on Paper, signed, WWD, 34 x 50 cms.

Drawing On Style, Cromwell Place, London

Drawing on Style is a riot of colour. Presenting new work by David Downton, Ali Mahdavi, Gladys Perint Palmer, Bil Donovan, and more, the exhibition celebrates rare and unseen fashion illustrations from post-war 1940s to the present day. The exhibition, which coincides with London Fashion Week, will also be accompanied by a ticketed series of in-person curated evening talks with artists whose works are featured in the exhibit. Book your place ASAP.

Kate Winslet, by Andy Gotts. Contact Sheet. Courtesy of Maddox Gallery.

ICONS by Andy Gotts, Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove, London

“My subjects either look miffed or quirky. This comes about as my shots happen during a conversation we are having at the time; so, whether we are having an intense chat or are in the middle of a rude joke… I am capturing that decisive moment in time. That split second, I as a photographer, choose to ‘click’ my shutter”. – Andy Gotts

Peep into the world of esteemed photographer Andy Gotts at Maddox Gallery this September. Gotts’ solo exhibition, ICONS, presents a collection of portraits – spanning stage, screen, and catwalk – which brings together the many faces that have played a part in Gotts’ career to date. Celebrating 30 years within the industry, as well as the launch of his latest book, the exhibition champions Gotts’ stripped-back approach to photography – a talent made clear by the many intimate portraits depicting ‘the person behind the persona’ mounted on Maddox Gallery’s walls.

Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre, London

Tickets to the newly launched production of Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre are selling fast – and no wonder, considering the stellar creative team behind it. With an original story and book by 2021 Oscar winner Emerald Fennell (writer and director of Promising Young Woman), music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyrics by Tony and Olivier award winner David Zippel, the new romantic musical comedy serves up a fairy tale for the 21st century. With OTT costumes and imposing set designs, not to mention an uber-talented cast including Gloria Onitiri (The Godmother) and Carrie Hope Fletcher (Cinderella) – a ball of a time is all but guaranteed.

Silver Room, 2021 by Harry Nuriev at Harry Nuriev, Courtesy of Crosby Studios

Design Miami/ Basel, Switzerland

Curated by Aric Chen, this year’s Design Miami/ Basel explores the theme of ‘Human Nature’. Examining the evolving relationship between humans and the increasingly constructed natural world, the event (now in its fifteenth year) will showcase collectable design from designers and galleries around the world.

CF Top Tip: Look out for Shylights, a kinetic installation of light and movement, by DRIFT. It’s a wholly immersive experience.

© Nicholas Worley

London Design Festival X Inhabit Hotels, London

With the London Design Festival firmly in our diaries, we’re excited to add a series of design events to our iCals too, courtesy of LDF 2021 (in partnership with Inhabit Hotels and social enterprise Goldfinger). Enhance your festival experience by checking out Inhabit X LDF’s roster of free events, showcasing how good design and sustainability can work in tandem to create restorative, environmentally and socially conscious places to stay. We’re nabbing a seat at Inhabit Southwick Street for a live panel discussion on the topic of ‘Creating Sustainable Spaces’, moderated by Editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration UK, Ben Spriggs.

Feature image: Robert Melendez (1944 – ) Sporting Around, 1969 Charcoal & Pantone Colour Overlay on Paper, signed, WWD, 34 x 50 cms.

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