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Lynda Morris: Dear Lynda…

30 April – 25 May 2013

Lynda Morris: Dear Lynda…

As part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2013, the Gallery at NUA is proud to present ‘Lynda Morris: Dear Lynda…’, a fitting homecoming to celebrate the ongoing work of NUA Professor of Curation and Art History Lynda Morris, curator, writer, patron and muse.

This exhibition, originated by Matthew Higgs at White Columns New York 2012, covers Morris’s extraordinary life and unbroken commitment to working closely with and for artists, as the ‘artist’s curator’.

Morris’ practice and knowledge is illustrated through the display of an impressive personal ‘archive’ which relates directly to exhibitions she has organised and curated. She was curator of the Norwich Gallery on St Georges Street at NUA from 1980 to 2009 and was the founding curator of EASTinternational for 19 years from 1991.

Morris’ material includes ephemera, posters, catalogues, articles and the art collection she occasionally purchased from the artists she worked with. ‘Dear Lynda…’ tells stories of the curatorial encounters Morris has had with some of the greatest artists of the century including Gilbert & George, Konrad Fischer, Richard Hamilton, John Baldessari, Art & Language, Marcel Broothaers, Sir William Coldstream, Richard Long, Nigel Henderson, Colin Self, Peter Doig and Andre Cadere.

Also on display are items relating to Morris’ major exhibition Picasso…Peace and Freedom 2010 at Tate Liverpool, Albertina Vienna and the Louisiana Denmark and her continuing involvement with artists and the politics of peace.


  • Drinking with Gilbert & George 1972 – 1976
    16 May 6.30pm – 8pm
    A public lecture by Professor Lynda Morris at the NUA Duke Street Lecture Theatre sponsored by Philip Browne.
    Originally delivered for the Art Historians’ Conference in Edinburgh in 2000, the title was deliberately mischievous in the context of a scholarly gathering. In the 1970s Lynda Morris worked for the Nigel Greenwood Gallery where Gilbert & George first performed the ‘singing sculptures’. The lecture traces Gilbert & George’s legendary drinking sessions many of which Morris attended, and their works about pub culture. The lecture culminates with Gilbert & George’s growing awareness of a darkening political climate and militarism.
    Free Admission, no booking required
  • Lunchtime Talks in the Gallery
    Tuesday 30 April 2013 12.30pm
    As part of our Lunchtime Talks programme gallery staff present a short discussion about the curatorial practice of Professor Lynda Morris.