Your guide to what is happening in the city this month.
Preview: Playtime @ The Cornerhouse
Friday 21st November 2014, 18:00 – 21:00, Free. Drop in.
With the moving of the Cornerhouse to a new building next year, be the first to see their momentous closing show. Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Andy Graydon will join with a selection of Playtime artists who will stage a performance of this interactive audio installation. Nine artists present playful, participatory work inspired by Cornerhouse’s iconic brick structure and director Jacques Tati’s 1967 comedy masterpiece Playtime. Drinks will be provided by Absolut.
Puffin Crossing Carousel @ Oxford Street/Whitworth Street (gather outside Cornerhouse entrance)
Saturday 22nd November 2014, 12:00 – 12:30, Free
In the final scene of Jacques Tati’s Playtime, a roundabout is transformed into a moving carousel. Inspired by this scene, artist Naomi Kashiwagi has collaborated with choreographer Benji Reid to devise a new performance that will transform the junction outside Cornerhouse into a merry-go-round, as knowing and unaware participants perform choreographed movements to Francis Lemarque’s song ‘L’Opéra des Jours Heureux’.
The Livable City: A Danish-British Dialogue in Manchester @ Manchester School of Architecture, Benzie Building
Thursday 20th – Thursday 27th November
This exhibition is a celebration of architecture and urban planning and aims to look at ways that planners, architects and local communities can play their part in the development of a dynamic, liveable city with a more resilient economy, healthier residents and a better quality of life for everyone. Talks, seminars and debates will also take place—make sure that you book in advance.
Made in Manchester: The Art of Emmanuel Levy (1900 – 1986) @ Manchester Jewish Museum
24th October 2014 – 29th May 2015, Free with museum admission
This exhibition explores Levy’s Mancunian heritage and showcases his talents as a painter, writer and teacher through works such as ‘Snow in the North’ and ‘Raiders Overhead’, where the setting is Levy’s home during a World War Two air raid. Levy’s Jewish roots are reflected through works such as ‘Two Rabbis with Scrolls of the Law’ (illustrated) and ‘Crucifixion’, painted by Levy in response to the Holocaust. The exhibition also showcases Levy’s skills as a portrait artist, through arresting portraits such as ‘Girl at a Window’ and sketches of contemporary artists such as L.S. Lowry.