Author(s): Lydia Yee
For a major new presentation in 2019, Whitechapel Gallery in London is taking as a model its groundbreaking 1956 exhibition This Is Tomorrow. Organised by architect, writer and sculptor Theo Crosby, This Is Tomorrow featured 37 artists, architects, designers and writers who worked together in 12 small groups. At its core was the Independent Group, the proto-pop collective comprised of (at various stages) Reyner Banham, Lawrence Alloway, Nigel Henderson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, William Turnbull and John McHale. Is This Tomorrow? also features 12 groups of contemporary architects, artists and other cultural practitioners to highlight the potential of collaboration, address key issues we face today and offer a vision of the future. They include Adjaye Associates, Andr s Jaque / Office for Political Innovation, Marina Tabassum Architects, David Kohn, Rana Begum, Cecile B. Evans, Simon Fujiwara and Kapwani Kiwanga.