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Art Diary

Moki Cherry: Here and Now

26 May 2023

The Swedish artist Moki Cherry is perhaps best-known for the many collaborative projects she and her husband, the American jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, produced over the course of their 20-year relationship. As this exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London contends (31 May–3 September), she was also an accomplished artist in her own right. Trained as a fashion designer, Cherry created tapestries and costumes for experimental music performances with Don, several examples of which are on show here including the large-scale appliqué works Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1979) and Organic Music (1976). Less well known are her forays into film, sculpture, painting and writing. The show includes Cherry’s 16mm film documentation of her first solo exhibition in 1973 and will be accompanied by a programme of events with contemporary artists responding to themes from Cherry’s work. Find out more on the ICA’s website. 

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Organic Music (1976), Moki Cherry. Courtesy Nottingham Contemporary

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1979), Moki Cherry. Courtesy Estate of Moki Cherry