Jann Haworth & Liberty Blake
October 2018 – March 2019
Women’s History Mural
Jann Haworth & Liberty Blake
Zazà Ramen inaugurates the fall season on the 17th of October with a special mural project by Jann Haworth and Liberty Blake: an homage to all the women that made History great.
Internationally known for the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band realized together with Peter Blake and Joe Ephgraves in 1967, Jann Haworth and her daughter Liberty Blake created a mural work to pay tribute to feminine figures that had a role in transforming the history of arts, science, and social justice. With a collage technique that reminds that of the iconic cover of the Beatles, “Work in Progress Project” is a mural representing more than 250 portraits of women. It will occupy part of the space of the well-known restaurant in Via Solferino in Milan, 50 years after the first solo show of the artist at Studio Marconi in Milan.
The project, conceived by Jann Haworth and Liberty Blake is an “on-going” and collaborative work. Presented for the first time in 2016 at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City, the “mural of women” was originially made of seven panels that in just two years have more than doubled. And this is only the beginning. Whenever and wherever they exhibit their “Work in Progress Project”, the artists invite the local community to name new women to represent on the mural, together with the original portrait set. This concept enable to expand the numbers but also the revolutionary message of the work.
Seven banners of the original “Work in Progress Project” animate the spaces of Zazà Ramen. They will invite the guests to ask themselves what are the names or stories hidden behind each faces. At a time in which the debate on gender differences is still open and unresolved, Jann Haworth and Liberty Blake pay homage to a multi-faceted female imagery.
From Laura Dekker – the youngest sailor to complete the solo circumnavigation of the globe – to Indira Gandhi, Frida Kahlo, Maria Montessori or Michelle Obama, the work reunites many well-known and beloved faces. Expect to see as well Yayoi Kusama, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jane Austen, Marie Curie, Tracy Chapman, Twiggy, Coco Chanel, Sylvia Plath, Naomi Klein, Vivian Maier, and many others…
“Work in Progress Project” can be seen complete and life-size at The Leonardo Museum’s Woman / Women Exhibit 2017-2018. Since 2016 the mural has been exhibited at UtahMOCA (2016), TEDWomen San Francisco (2016), Congressional Commission Presentation / Women’s Hist. Museum Report Washington DC (2016), Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, Vienna (2016/17), Galerie du Center, Paris (2016/17), Modern West Fine Art, SLC (2017), Women’s March Washington DC (2017), Sundance Rally, Film Festival (2017), Women’s March SLC (2017), MOA at BYU (2017), The Leonardo Museum Human Rights Gallery (2017), University of Colorado, Denver Student Union (2017), Governors Mansion Arts Awards
(2017), Alta Club (2017), TEDWomen New Orleans (2017), Utah State University (2018), Town Club [talk] (2018).
Jann Haworth lives and works in Salt Lake City and Sundance, Utah. She is associated with the English Pop Art of the 60s. Among her most recent solo shows: Emmanuel Gallery Colorado University 2017, Galerie du Center 2016, Art Paris Grand Palais 2016; Modern West Fine Art SLC 2015/17, Museum of Art BYU 2013; Wolverhampton Pop Gallery 2009/10; Mayor Gallery London 2006. She has had 21 solo exhibitions in Europe and the United States. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions in Europe and the United States [since 2000]: ‘Pop Art UK’, Modena Italy (2004); ‘Art and the 60’s The Tate Great Britain (2004); ‘British Pop’, Bilbao Spain (2005); and ‘Pop Art 1956-1968 “Rome Italy (2007). ‘Seductive Subversives’ Brooklyn Museum (2010), ‘Power Up’: Female Pop Kunsthalle Museum, Vienna and Germany (2010/11); ‘Hyper-realism’ Mumok, Vienna Austria; ‘Pop and the Object’ Acquavella Gallery New York (2013), ‘Pop and Design’ Loisianna Museum Denmark, Modern Museet, Stockholm, Barbican London, ‘London 60’s’ Christies (2013). Haworth has participated in the realization of four public works projects in Salt Lake: The 337 Project, Director ‘SLC Pepper’, ‘On Broadway’ murals and The Work in Progress Mural 2016-2018. She is currently working on a mural for The Granary District in Salt Lake City with Dennis Hopper. Recent acquisitions in public collections include The Tate Great Britain, Utah Arts Council, UMFA Utah, Utah County Collection.