Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House with The Courtauld

A group of people stand in front of Manet's A Bar at the Folies Bergère painting at The Courtauld i Morgan Stanley Lates - Image: Fergus Carmichael

For the second 2023 instalment of the Morgan Stanley Lates with Somerset House and The Courtauld series, visitors can experience another true site-wide takeover with exclusive live performances and experiences themed around current exhibitions.

Taking place three times per year only – in April, June and the autumn– these special one-off nights out offer after-hours access and activities hosted by artists and curators, plus delicious food pop-ups and bars, and DJ sets to see you through the evening.

Join us to explore The Courtauld Gallery’s latest displays Art and Artifice: Fakes from the Collection (opens 17 June 2023) alongside a selection of lesser-known works from our world-renowned collection of Post-Impressionist art and a display curated by The Courtauld’s MA in Curating the Art Museum students.

This Lates event will also host a special display of photographs by Alistair Morrison, inspired and aligning to the the Impressionist masterpieces in The Courtauld’s collection. Take part in pop-up talks, hands on activities and meet the experts. Further details to be announced.

There will be a range of activities across Somerset House on the evening drawing inspiration from the London Design Biennale’s theme of Remapping Collaborations, celebrating connection and bringing people together.  Live performances come from The PappyShow, a multidisciplinary and playful ensemble theatre company, and a DJ set from Zaleel.

All courtyard activities will be free of charge to everyone, whilst after-hours exhibition entry to The Courtauld Gallery and London Design Biennale will also be free to those aged 25 and under. Exhibition entry to those aged over-25 comes at an entry cost.

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21 Jun 2023

18:00 - 22:00

Free for 25s and under, booking required

Main Courtyard  Somerset House  The Courtauld Gallery 


Special Display: ‘MORRISON at THE COURTAULD – a special display of photographs by Alistair Morrison, aligning to the  Impressionist masterpieces in The Courtauld’s collection’, The LVMH Great Room, Third Floor (6-10 pm)

The Impressionists and Post Impressionists were hugely influenced by the invention of the camera. The freedom and rebellion of their paintings allowed for real subjects to be captured outdoors, finding new ways of seeing.

Explore the relationship between photography and painting in the 19th century with a display of photographs by prominent British photographer Alistair Morrison, whose work searches for the capture of a truth in his sitters – looking for a Pause rather than pose, and celebrating the raw and real in our appearance and personality. His ongoing Collection ‘Immune from Praise and Abuse’ searches for truth in portraits, and began after Morrison felt disillusioned by the way his photographs of well-known personalities and dignitaries were being manipulated by the media. Morrison’s photographs have come full circle from the ‘impressions’ and realism artists tried to create – looking at similar everyday subjects but in celebration of the raw reality of who they are.

Artist Talk: Alistair Morrison, The LVMH Great Room, Third Floor
18:30 – 18:45
19:30 – 19:45

MA Curating’s Unearthing: Memory, Land, Materiality, Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries, Gallery 1, Third Floor
19:00 – 19:15 – Curator Tour
19:30 – 20:00 – Storytelling with Wendy Shearer
20:00 – 20:15 – Curator Tour
20:30 – 21:00 – Storytelling with Wendy Shearer
21:00 – 21:15 – Curator Tour

Pop-up talks: Technical Analysis and Conservation
20:30 –
 20:45 Art and Artifice: Fakes from the Collection, Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery, First Floor
20:45 – 21:00Art and Artifice: Fakes from the Collection, Project Space, First Floor

Drag and Draw with Sirena Hart: Art Cafe (all materials included and open to all)
19:00 – 21:00

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