Brilliant Things to Do (From Home) This May

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El Camino, 2020Courtesy of Ryan McGinley

As lockdowns continue, we present a list of things to do while staying at home – from visiting an exhibition of photography by Ryan McGinley to buying clothes to raise funds for charity Refuge

This article is published as part of our #CultureIsNotCancelled campaign:

Pretty Free at Marlborough Gallery, London: online now
Marlborough Gallery’s exhibition of photography by Ryan McGinley, focusing on how the image-maker has focused on the nude in recent years, has moved online. The compelling works in the show explore how McGinley has approached the subject, both in the studio and out, and many of the photographs were made as recently as this year. The energy and freedom with which McGinley captures his subjects makes for invigorating lockdown viewing.

Photographs for the Trussell Trust: online until May 6, 2020
With UK food banks in use by more people than ever since lockdown began in March – figures show a rise of 300 per cent – organisations like The Trussell Trust, which oversees one third of the country’s food banks, under a particular strain during the pandemic. Photographs for the Trussell Trust aims to raise vital funds for the charity, offering prints by some of the biggest names in photography: from David Sims, Jack Davison and Venetia Scott to Nadine Ijewere, Jamie Hawkesworth, Gareth McConnell and Lord Snowdon. Over 200 photographers feature in the sale, and all proceeds from the £100 prints go to the Trussell Trust.

Loewe En Casa with Megan Rapinoe and Josh O’Connor: May 4 and 8, 2020
Spanish heritage brand Loewe has provided inspiration during lockdown with its Loewe En Casa series, which has seen conversations, workshops and interviews debuted on Instagram Live as weekly programmes. Today sees footballer Megan Rapinoe – who has recently starred in Loewe’s S/S20 campaign – in conversation with the brand’s creative director Jonathan Anderson, and later this week the actor Josh O’Connor – also a star of Loewe campaigns, for its Eye Loewe Nature capsule collections – speak with ceramic artist Sara Flynn.

Bodily Objects at Richard Saltoun Gallery, London: online until June 30, 2020
Bringing together work by the feminist artists Penny Slinger, Renate Bertlmann, Rose English and Helen Chadwick, Bodily Objects is a new online exhibition curated by Philomena Epps for the London-based Richard Saltoun Gallery. The works in the show explore “surrealism, sexuality and subversion”, and interrogate how each artist critiqued the patriarchal male gaze with their wry works. “I wanted my work to peel away the layers of the seen world, to look inside and show the unseen world of a woman’s subconscious and her fantasies,” Slinger told AnOther in 2019 of her pioneering work, as a documentary about her life and work was released. “I also thought it was about time to be my own muse – not just to rely on being seen by a male artist and interpreted through his lens.”

Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain: online now
“I have one aim – the grotesque. If I am not grotesque I am nothing,” the Victorian illustrator Aubrey Beardsley declared of his work. A video tour of Tate Britain’s interrupted Beardsley exhibition is available to watch online, taking virtual visitors through the intricacies and controversies of his short-lived career (he died at the age of 25 in 1898). Plus, in the new issue of Another Man – available to read online – discover the story behind one of Beardsley’s most explicit series: his illustrations accompanying Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, which the playwright labelled “cruel and evil”.

Charity Shop London: online from May 5, 2020
A new online clothes auction, launching tomorrow, sees pieces donated by people working in the fashion industry – including Dazed’s editor-in-chief Isabella Burley and Another Man’s fashion director Ellie Grace Cumming – which will be showcased on Instagram and sold on eBay to raise money for Refuge. Head to Charity Shop London’s Instagram account tomorrow to see what will be on offer in the sale, with all proceeds going to the charity which supports victims of domestic violence.

Frieze New York: online May 8 – 15, 2020
The New York edition of Frieze was due to take place in the city this week, but has of course been cancelled due to the pandemic. The fair’s catalogue therefore has moved online, where 200 galleries due to exhibit will present works in an online ‘viewing room’. The mainstays we’ve come to expect from Frieze are due to become virtual: from the Frame and Focus initiatives, which showcase emerging and young exhibitors, to the Spotlight section, which this year highlights 20th century art pioneers with a series of solo exhibitions. Register now to experience of the art world’s most anticipated events like never before.

A Family Affair at Browns Fashion: online now
London retailer Browns has partnered with the British Fashion Council to showcase and celebrate a host of the city’s most exciting emerging designers, who have all benefited from the BFC’s NewGen programme. The designers – the 12 featured names include Supriya Lele, Alighieri, Asai, Priya Ahluwalia, Stefan Cooke and A* Cold Wall – will offer an insight into their worlds and inspirations via a series of online features, from recipes (Priya Ahluwalia shares her comfort foods) and interviews to playlists and a series of ‘show and tells’, alongside the brands’ most recent collections available to shop online.

Body Performance at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin: online now
Berlin’s Helmut Newton Foundation has launched an extensive online tour of its recent group exhibition Body Performance (the show’s physical iteration has also been extended until September 20, 2020). Featuring photography by the likes of Vanessa Beecroft, Inez & Vinoodh, Cindy ShermanViviane Sassen and Robert Mapplethorpe, Body Performance looks at how image-makers have documented art, dance and stage performances, with a compelling and sensual focus on how the figure is engaged and manipulated for the piece.

Lorna Simpson: Give Me Some Moments at Hauser & Wirth: online now
Collage artist Lorna Simpson is the latest to be showcased in global gallery Hauser & Wirth’s series of online exhibitions, with Give Me Some Moments. Simpson’s unique practice has built on using found imagery, often from archive publications like Jet and Ebony magazines, to create new works that address identity, gender, race and politics; each new collage in Give Me Some Moments draws on this decades-long history. “The notion of fragmentation, especially of the body, is prevalent in our culture, and it’s reflected in my works,” says Simpson. “We’re fragmented not only in terms of how society regulates our bodies but but in the way we think about ourselves.”

Getting Ready for the Met Ball with Michèle Lamy: online now
The first Monday in May usually marks the Met Gala and subsequent opening of the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s summer exhibition – this year due to explore the temporality of fashion, in About Time: Fashion and Duration – both of which have, unsurprisingly, been postponed since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic (this year, a live-streamed event will look back at some of the event’s most memorable moments). Each exhibition theme makes for an exciting display of fashion on the corresponding gala red carpet; this year, in the absence of new looks to enjoy, we’re looking back to 2017, when the exhibition celebrated Comme des Garçons and Rei Kawakubo and we joined Michèle Lamy, one of the brand’s biggest fans, as she got ready for the ball.


Hedi Slimane’s MUBI curation
Celine’s creative and artistic director Hedi Slimane offered insight into his cinematic tastes recently with the launch of his own film curation on MUBI. From classic 20th-century movies like Charade and Red Desert to cult picks like Laurence Anyways, Slimane’s favourites are available to explore on MUBI now.

The Assistant: streaming now
New film The Assistant follows a day in the life of a junior assistant (played by Julia Garner) to an entertainment mogul, and explores the various abuses of power and instances of sexism that were long considered quotidian in the industry. “The more conversations about this the better. It’s not just a case of getting rid of Harvey Weinstein,” the film’s director Kitty Green recently told AnOther. “There’s a bigger problem that we need to address.” Due to be released in cinemas this spring, The Assistant has now landed on various streaming sites – including Amazon Prime, Curzon Home Cinema and the BFI Player – and makes for a powerful watch.

Watch Ema: streaming now
The latest film from acclaimed director Pablo Larraín, Ema, premiered on Friday (online, of course) and is now available to watch via MUBI for the next month. The electrifying film follows a couple – the titular dancer played by Mariana Di Girolamo and her husband, played by Gael García Bernal – in the wake of an adoption gone wrong. “The characters – well, they’re strange, really,” Bernal told Another Man as the film launched last week. “It’s crazy to see how a couple works, and their dynamics. There’s such a world and a universe that builds when you are in a couple, but only a couple can understand it.”

Food and Drink

Salon Wine Store: online now
Brixton haunt Salon has launched nationwide delivery of its natural, organic and artisan wines. With four cases to choose from – from the ‘Fun’ selection of “easy drinking, accessible” wines to ‘Strictly Bangers’, reflective of what the Salon team is especially enjoying at the moment – each containing six bottles, the new offering can make for a wealth of varied and unexpected lockdown drinks.

Save The French House and Trisha’s, London
Independent food and drinks businesses have been some of the hardest hit by lockdown measures in the UK, since we’ve been confined to our homes and ordinarily bustling bars, pubs and restaurants have been forced to close their once-spilling open doors. Two Soho institutions, The French House and Trisha’s, are appealing for donations to help them stay afloat during lockdown: the former a Dean Street favourite pub and the latter an underground bar on Greek Street, each has served Londoners for decades. In an effort to save the two storied venues, fundraisers have been set up which will go towards running costs until their doors can open again.