Style and Subversion

Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Friday 28 October, 18.30–22.00

Please check back for further details. Timings and locations are subject to change.

This month’s Friday Late celebrates the V&A exhibition Postmodernism: Style & Subversion 1970-1990. Come dressed up in your 1980s finest to take part in free workshops, activities and discussions. See a gig by Maria & The Mirrors, watch a live drag performance by Joey Arias, take part in our mix tape amnesty, or simply pose for the cameras as the V&A goes all postmodern. As a wise woman once said, ‘Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it’

All events are free and places designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise.
Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.


Theo Void’s Tape Culture Corner
Grand Entrance
In a tribute to tapes and tape culture, Theo Void’s Tape Culture Corner fuses sounds, visuals and a creative workshop all centred on cassettes. Submit a tape from that special someone and listen to excerpts from a selection of these home-made compilations submitted by visitors.
See below for workshop details.Maria and the Mirrors

Lecture Theatre
Catch Maria & the Mirrors, a band that NME has described as a fusion of ‘Throbbing Gristle and EN with the otherworldly electronica of Gang Gang Dance’ and whose vocals it likened to ‘sirens luring you to a cranium-squeezing demise’.Joey Arias
Lecture Theatre
Don’t miss this rare chance to catch New York City based performance artist, cabaret singer and drag artiste Joey Arias as he performs live at the V&A.

SHUNT curates
Serena Bobowski of SHUNT samples performance from London’s subversive underground art scene in this blend of the kitsch and the ironic. Catch a glimpse of artists Rita Says, Brian Lobel and Bettina Buck as they momentarily turn the V&A into a stage.

Polaroid Poses
Throughout the Museum
Strike a pose for our roaming Polaroid photographer and get a keepsake from the evening. This event is all about attitude and style so max up your look.


Theo Void’s Tape Culture Corner
Grand Entrance
Right alongside the tape music sound system in the Grand Entrance, you are invited to grab a cassette, scribe your ultimate selection and decorate in the spirit of the celebration, creating your very own mix tape totem.Louise Bloor
Poynter Room, Café
18.30–21.30 with prize draw at 21.00
Louise Bloor bespoke perfumer challenges visitors to a blind smell test. With six 1970s and 1980s iconic perfumes to choose from, see if you can guess which is which. The winner takes all in the prize draw at 21.00.

A Constantly Mutating Digital Collage Machine
Art Studio, Sackler Centre
Sessions at 18.45–19.15; 19.15–19.45; 20.30–21.00; 21.00–21.30
Roll up your sleeves and get creative with Postmodernism exhibition graphic designers A Practice For Everyday Life (APFEL) and create your own new wave graphics. With the title of this workshop stemming from a short essay on Graphic Design in the postmodern era by Jeffery Keedy (written in 1988), the group of designers promises to get visitors making.

Slogans Galore: Badge Making
Sackler Centre Reception
18.30–21.30 or while supplies last!
Dallas versus Dynasty and Modern versus Postmodern are just some of the slogans you can choose for your badge. Wear it proudly and get a keepsake from the night.


‘Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism’ Tour
Photography Gallery (Room 38a)
Join V&A Curator Marta Weiss for a special tour of the display ‘Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism’. Spanning the mid-1970s to the present day, this display includes work by some of the most influential artists associated with Postmodernism, such as Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince, alongside more recent work by Anne Hardy, David Shrigley and Clare Strand.

‘Equator’ – The Unexpected and the Mismatched
Norfolk House Music Room
Artist Amy Yoes discusses her installation in the Norfolk House Music Room. Equator has a layered, collage aesthetic where sequences are cut away and added to, resulting in unexpected collisions and mismatched perspectives, where multiple vanishing points play out over time.

Famous for 15 Minutes Talks Series
A series of curator- and student-led talks is offered throughout the night. Each talk lasts approximately 15 minutes. Please check below for timings and locations.

David Bowie: Style with Attitude
Research Assistant Kathryn Johnson discusses David Bowie’s impact as the father of postmodern style and attitude.18.15
Shoulder Pads
Join V&A Curator Oriole Cullen and broaden your appreciation of one of the 80s most iconic fashion signatures.

Danny Weil’s Radio in a Bag
Jana Scholze, V&A Curator of Furniture & Product Design discusses the style statement that this deconstructed radio made for the 1980s consumer.

‘Are we not men?’
Assistant Curator Dawn Hoskins charts the moment when androgyny, sexual ambiguity and style-as-provocation went mainstream.

Conceptual Jewellery
Listen to Royal Collage of Art student Marilyn Zapf discuss the moment that jewellery freed itself from the decorative and went feral.

Club Kids
Lauren Fried takes us on a late night tour of the world of performer Leigh Bowery, dancer and choreographer Michael Clark and the extravagant world of the Club Kids

Not Remembering the 80s
Join twenty-seven-year-old student Jonathan Watts as he reminisces about the 1980s and interrogates our collective cultural memory of the decade he never knew.

Postmodernism After Video. Video After Postmodernism
Artist Bill Balaskas investigates the relationship between postmodernism and video and its influence on today, through the genres of the home movie and the music video.

The Wild West
Postmodernism was a western phenomenon? Royal College of Art student Priya Khanchandani investigates.

Snap Happy
Accompany student Freire Barnes on a journey through the Polaroid as an instant memento of a good night out, when posing for the camera was a serious past time.


‘Equator’ by Amy Yoes
Norfolk House Music Room
Reminiscent of early hand-tinted experimental movies or architectural blueprints, Equator is a film installation that examines the role of architecture as an ever present backdrop against which we perform our increasingly fractured and decentered lives. See details of introduction by Amy under TALKS.‘Because We Must’ by Charles Atlas
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
50 mins, Timing TBC
Based on an original stage production at Sadlers’ Wells Theatre in London, Because We Must is an ironic provocative and irreverent look at the life and world of dancer and choreographer Michael Clark.
This film is Uncertificated. Please use viewer discretion.