BSL tour of Into the Night

Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art

Aaron Douglas' Dance, featuring a man and a woman dancing at a club, with instruments

This is a British Sign Language tour of the exhibition Into the Night, exclusively for Deaf and hard of hearing visitors, led by John Wilson who highlights key artworks on display using BSL.

This tour gives an introduction to the history of cabarets, cafés and clubs in modern art across the world, from London to New York, Paris, Mexico City, Berlin, Vienna, and Ibadan.

Spanning the 1880s to the 1960s, Into the Night celebrates the creativity of spaces in which artists, performers, designers, musicians and writers congregated to push the boundaries of artistic expression. The exhibition offers insight into the immersive Cabaret Fledermaus in turn-of-the-century Vienna; the heady atmosphere of Berlin clubs in Weimar Germany; the pulsating energy of the jazz scene in Harlem, New York; the vibrant context of the Mbari clubs in 1960s Nigeria; and more.

Discover over 200 works of art, many rarely seen in the UK, as well as life-size recreations of avant-garde spaces.

The tour will be interpreted for non-BSL users by Anna Kitson.

No specialist knowledge is required. This friendly and informal tour will last approximately an hour and a half with time for questions and answers.

When booking your ticket please let us know if you require a guide throughout the Gallery and / or assistance from Barbican or Moorgate Underground Stations to and from the Barbican Centre.

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