Stage and Screen: James L Gordon’s Collection at the Hunterian Art Gallery Glasgow

John Byrne, The Slab Boys, costume design for Lucille, 1978. © John Byrne. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2023.  
John Byrne, The Slab Boys, costume design for Lucille, 1978. © John Byrne. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2023.  

Stage and Screen: Designs from the James L Gordon Collection

Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

From: 10 Nov 2023

To: 25 Feb 2024

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
82 Hillhead Street
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
G12 8QQ

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On show in Scotland for the first time, these drawings, watercolours, paintings and collages from a unique personal collection cover designs for theatre, film and television. Spanning the 20th century, they include works by artists such as Cecil Beaton, John Byrne, Peter Howson and David Hockney and designs for famous productions including Oh! Calcutta!, Hair, Cats, Little Shop of Horrors and The Slab Boys. The exhibition also features costume designs for stars such as Rudolf Nureyev, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Jones, Liza Minelli, Elton John, The Jackson Five, Mick Jagger and The Beatles. The range of material embraces everything from Shakespeare to pantomime, opera to ballet, Hammer horror to Hollywood musicals and Doctor Who to the Eurovision Song Contest. 

James L Gordon had a distinguished career in interior design, working on the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth 2, the Carlton Hotel in Cannes and the Cafe de la Paix in Paris. His first purchase, a Cecil Beaton costume design for the 1969 Broadway musical Coco based on the life of fashion designer Coco Chanel, began a passion for collecting that he has pursued for over forty years, resulting in a collection of some 5,000 works.

The Hunterian is home to the University of Glasgow’s extensive art collection, which includes paintings of international importance, the largest print collection in Scotland, a growing contemporary art collection and an outdoor sculpture courtyard.

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