July 28, 2021

music icon and his legacy in pop culture

A sample of Grace Jones arrives in the United Kingdom that addresses other facets of the pop culture icon such as the creation of performance

Without a doubt Grace Jones came into the world to revolutionize the vision of fashion, music and cinema of the 80s and 90s. Grace Liberty Jones was born in Jamaica in 1948 and at the age of 13 she left the island to move to New York

Grace Jones in a black suit and a red mask
Courtesy: Southbank Center

However, it was also the pioneer that eliminated binary systems, in the areas of gender, sexuality, race and other conventions. This was largely thanks to Noel, Grace’s brother and a homosexual who moved through the gay circles of the city, and his sister with him.

Grace Jones singing on stage
Courtesy: Kino Lorber

Based on these ideas, the curators Cédric Fauq and Olivia Aherne decided to set up the exhibition Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio. In it they gathered images that explore ideas of black image making and gender binarism.

Costume designed by Jean-Paul Goude
Courtesy: Jean-Paul Goude

And it is that, at the beginning of the 80s Jones adopted a severe and androgynous image, with a square and angular haircut (“flat-top”) and the use of padded clothes. A strong visual presence that took to the stage thanks to the intervention of the French designer Jean-Paul Goude, with whom he had a son.

Grace Jones with cigarette in her teeth and litmus hat
Courtesy: The Vinyl Factory

From the curators’ perspective, the work for this exhibition “displayed a range of Grace Jones: from disco queen to cyborg dub; Jamaican to French; catwalk model for nightclub performer ».

Courtesy: Archive

Another cool thing is that the show will also include works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynn Goldsmiths, Roland Barthes, ACT UP, Robert Mapplethorpe, legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa, and more. Jones was a diva and muse whose merit was due to her intrepid experimentation, provocative lyrics, sonic innovation, disruptive performances, etc.

Edited photo of Grace on gray background
Courtesy: Grace Jones

And if that was not enough, Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio he also delves into set design, music, and fashion. So we will see the multifaceted essence of the artist in various disciplines. In the end, the exhibition seeks to compile a journey through time that manages to capture the relevance of Jones in the arts.

The artist used to be the star of Studio 54
Courtesy: AP Photo / Michel Euler

Finally, the exhibition will open on September 26, 2020 and will remain available to the public until January 3, 2021 at Nottingham Contemporary. And, speaking of exhibitions, don’t miss Edgar Orlaineta’s virtual exhibition at Proyectos Monclova.