INVITATION: A COLLECTION
16 September – 16 October 2004
In the Independent District at 2 Jordan Street, Liverpool L1.
Opening hours Friday-Sunday 12-6pm
INVITATION is an exhibition of the collection of legendary West
End impresario Michael White of everything under the sun.
The man who pretty much invented theatre producing has for the
last 40 years kept every invitation, badge and VIP guest pass he's
ever been sent. Instead of focusing on the event itself, INVITATION
surveys the discarded wrapping and trappings that lie at the margins
of the social and art worlds they promote. It highlights rarely
examined ephemera that usually gets neglected as people rush to
enjoy the moment or appraise the art object.
At first sight this exhibition may appear random and chaotic. It
is largely a collection of invitations for private and formal events,
that also includes postcards, buttons, aged envelopes, tattered
tissue paper, VIP passes, menus and a bar of chocolate from a fashion
Michael White approached artist Goshka Macuga
to curate INVITATION as their mutual love of collecting draws them
These items were designed to be short lived, forgotten. The objects
are often mere scraps and fragments but they disarm, charm and make
The objects speak for themselves but they are also intended to
work in context. The fragments lay a trail that is not only witness
to a life but documents the evolution of etiquette.