Brilliant Things to Do in April – Without Leaving the House

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Jake Gyllenhaal for Another Man 30Photography Alasdair McLellan, Styling Ellie Grace Cumming

Isolation need not mean boredom – this month’s to do list is filled with virtual exhibitions, recipes to try at home, films to watch and magazines to read

Another Man’s 30th issue: sign up to read online from April 6, 2020
Another Man has just revealed Jake Gyllenhaal as its newest cover star – the very special issue is Another Man’s 30th, and celebrates 15 years of the magazine. As a gesture of solidarity during these unprecedented times of social distancing and self-isolation, Another Man’s ‘High Art Pop Culture’ issue will be available as a digital magazine free of charge from April 6 – sign up to receive your copy here. Guest-edited by Jo-Ann Furniss, the issue is dedicated to her heroes: from Don McCullin and Cecil Beaton to Miuccia Prada and Rick Owens.

Claudia Andujar at the Fondation Cartier, Paris: online now
Paris’ Fondation Cartier has created an online hub for its current exhibition, on the renowned Brazilian photographer Claudia Andujar. The exhibition focuses on how Andujar documented Brazil’s indigenous Yanomami people and has used her photography to protect their ever-threatened way of life since 1975. “I am connected to the indigenous, to the land, to the primary struggle. All of that moves me deeply,” the photographer says. “I was driven there, to the Amazon jungle, for this reason. It was instinctive. I was looking to find myself.” The Fondation Cartier has published a number of resources online: from a video interview with Adujar to a history of her remarkable photographic career

Louise Bourgeois: Drawings 1947 – 2007 at Hauser & Wirth: online now
For its inaugural online exhibition, international gallery Hauser & Wirth spotlights drawings spanning 60 years by the seminal artist Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition features vivid drawings, both abstract and realistic, that Bourgeois created routinely throughout her life – she often spoke of how drawing would alleviate anxiety. “I have kept a diary as long as I can remember, and drawings are really another kind of diary,” she said.

I Re-Emerge at the Fortnight Institute: until April 13, 2020
New York-based gallery Fortnight Institute – temporarily closed due to the pandemic – invited a selection of artists to make new work in response to the crisis, to be exhibited online and sold, with proceeds going to four charities: Border Kindness, The Domestic Workers Alliance, Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund, and Feeding America. I Re-Emerge includes work by artists like Carmen Winant, Peter Shear, Chris Oh and Trude Viken

Eva Hesse and Hannah Wilke: Erotic Abstraction at Acquavella Galleries: April 28, 2020
The Rizzoli-published book and catalogue provides a compelling isolation alternative to the otherwise-postponed exhibition Erotic Abstraction, which spotlights the work of feminist artists Eva Hesse and Hannah Wilke. Erotic Abstraction, curated by the Barbican’s Eleanor Nairne, showcases 1960s and 70s sculptures and photographs by Wilke and Hesse, bringing their pioneering work together for the first time. “I have been concerned with the creation of a formal imagery that is specifically female, a new language that fuses mind and body into erotic objects that are nameable and at the same time quite abstract,” the late Wilke once said. “Its content has always related to my own body and feelings, reflecting pleasure as well as pain, the ambiguity and complexity of emotions.”

Honey Dijon: Black Girl Magic at Hen’s Teeth: online now
An exhibition by DJ Honey Dijon and artist Marina Esmeraldo has moved online, with the pieces featured in the show available to buy via Hen’s Teeth’s digital shop. Black Girl Magic – which has existed as an installation in Dover Street Market since the beginning of March, before the store closed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 – comprises large-scale neon artworks depicting six black female musicians by Esmeraldo, each music icon chosen by Dijon; think Diana Ross, Chaka Khan and Grace Jones. The uplifting works conjure 1970s disco nights – providing some much-needed escapism.

Alexander McQueen’s Creators: online now
British house Alexander McQueen is encouraging its followers on social media to become ‘creators’, with a series of interactive projects launching today. Inspired by its recent Roses exhibition and the exquisite, intricate dress that closed the A/W19 show, the brand is inviting followers to “sketch, colour or paint” an image from a selection posted on Instagram – from lookbook shots to backstage scenes and runway photographs. (For the chance to be featured on McQueen’s Instagram, simply post a picture of your sketch tagging @alexandermcqueen and using #McQueenCreators in the caption.) Upcoming projects, unveiled over the coming weeks, are set to include tutorials like at-home embroidery and 3D creation. At 6pm on Thursday, 18 April, the house will be hosting video tutorial by Simon Ungless who worked with Lee Alexander McQueen on prints for iconic 90s collections such as The Birds (S/S95) and Dante (A/W96).

Sara Cwynar: Marilyn at The Approach: online now
Sara Cwynar’s transporting photography and film are online now, thanks to London-based gallery The Approach. Cwynar uses collage, found photography, layering and intricate set design to build her image and film works, which, for the exhibition Marilyn, explore themes like desire and consumerism. In her work, Cwynar engages with fashion imagery – from clothing by Comme des Garçons and Prada to casting models seen on SSENSE’s online store – to create a captivating and astute study of today’s culture of consuming. 

Tracey Emin’s Diary with White Cube: online now
In a series of posts on White Cube’s Instagram account, the gallery has shared daily diaries submitted by artist Tracey Emin. Reading the concise quotes from Emin – detailing emotions with her signature raw openness – is somewhat comforting, since she is forthcoming with her thoughts and anxieties. “But I can still see.. looking out of my minds eye, a beautiful world ... My eyes focus on the early light ... happy dancing around on things I have truly never seen before,” she writes. The artist has also recently appeared on Dior’s podcast Dior Talks – Feminist Art, alongside other art world icons like Judy Chicago. 

Foam Magazine’s digital archives: online now
Amsterdam’s Foam museum has long been an exciting hub for showcasing the work of both emerging and established image-makers. Having had to shutter and postpone exhibitions – due to open on April 10 was Vivian Maier: Works in Colour, detailing the late photographer’s sumptuous street-shot images – Foam has made its magazine archives available to view online for free. Browse the Foam magazine archives to see work by some of the biggest and brightest names in photography.

Loewe En Casa: April 2, 4 & 5, 2020
To alleviate any staying-at-home-related stress or boredom, Loewe has launched a series of Instagram Live videos, tutorials and conversations entitled Loewe En Casa. Presented on a weekly basis, this week’s programme features a studio tour with metal artist and Loewe Craft Prize expert Koichi Io, a conversation between furniture designers Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley and Loewe Foundation president Sheila Loewe, and a tour around textile artist Sophie Rowley’s Berlin studio. 

Food & Drink

Arket Cookbook: available to download now
With most people now confined to their homes, cooking has become a necessity. Those in search of culinary inspiration from Scandinavia should look no further; with a focus on seasonal, sustainable and healthy home cooking, Arket’s Nordic cookbook comprises 23 vegetarian recipes – some of which are served in the Scandinavian brand’s in-store cafes – and is now available to download online for free. 

Laila Gohar’s recipes for self-quarantine: online now
New York-based food artist Laila Gohar has kicked off her column with a recipe for cabbage rolls. “Cabbage is an unsung hero as far as I’m concerned. It’s extremely versatile, nutritious, inexpensive, and can last a long time,” she writes. “I also find rolling the cabbage leaves to be very meditative.” Once you’ve tried the cabbage rolls, head to Gohar’s Instagram page for advice on cooking beans, chicken soup and bitter greens

How to support London favourites
There are a number of restaurants offering delivery services in London and beyond – which, as their physical spaces have been forced to close, provides a way of supporting local favourites during these trying times. The Laughing Heart in Hackney is delivering wine from its cellar and a range of delicious antipasti dishes; The Cheese Truck, a favourite at Maltby Street Market, is going mobile once again with deliveries of cheese ‘care packages’ and toasties around London; and Hackney’s Ombra has launched a menu of small dishes, fresh pasta shapes to cook at home and natural wines, available for delivery and take-away. Elsewhere, Soho institution Lina Stores has been raising money in order to supply meals for Londoners in need – head here to donate to the campaign. 

Film & Theatre

Perfect Failures from Fondazione Prada x MUBI: from April 5, 2020
Milan’s Fondazione Prada has teamed up with curated streaming platform MUBI for Perfect Failures, a selection of films that have long been considered somewhat misunderstood: think “box office flops, critical disappointments, shocking divergences from a beloved artist or films burdened with a difficult production, films ahead of (or ingeniously behind) their time, and the missteps of prominent directors,” according to the cultural institution. Watch the films and decided for yourself whether it’s fair to deem them failures – movies in the line-up include 1967’s A Countess from Hong Kong (directed by Charlie Chaplin), 1978’s Billy Wilder-directed Fedora and Richard Kelly’s 2006 offering, Southland Tales.

National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors online: April 2 – 9, 2020
London’s National Theatre is presenting plays on Thursdays, launching some of its most acclaimed productions from the last few years on YouTube for all to enjoy. This week catch One Man, Two Guvnors, the lauded Nicholas Hytner-directed production starring James Corden, for some comic relief. 

Get film recommendations from the AnOther Magazine team
In our daily to do lists, editors from AnOther and Another Man have been sharing their self-isolation cultural guides – featuring film recommendations, among other ways to pass time at home. Alister Mackie is watching The LeopardKatie Shillingford is watching The NeverEnding Story with her children, and Jo-Ann Furniss has turned to Eddie Murphy films. Plus, on Another Man find some the best films available to watch online now, according to Steven T. Hanley of Deeper Into Movies.