RA Lates: America Dreaming

RA Lates

Saturday 22 April 2017
7 — 11.45pm

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America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

events programme
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Join us for a night-long celebration of the 1930s American dream.

During the Great Depression, the idea of the American dream motivated a nation struggling with mass unemployment, urbanisation and industrialisation. The arrival of the “talkies” from Hollywood provided relief from the harsh economic realities, while novels such as John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath brought into sharp relief the reality of life in rural America.

At this Late we explore the myth of the American dream in all its glory. Think automobiles, the New Deal, the Dust Bowl, Golden Age of Hollywood, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and above all – freedom.

We invite you to experience:

American Gothic’s Dibble House
Grant Wood’s iconic painting is brought to life at this immersive installation. Delve into the lives of this fictional couple in their small town of Eldon, Iowa.

Hollywoodland film studios
The arrival of the “talkies” in the late 1920s heralds the Golden Age of Hollywood and the city’s film studios are abuzz with creativity, excitement and experimentation. Even during the Great Depression, no expense is spared for these blockbuster productions. Tonight, join a film shoot, rehearse in the star’s trailers, or audition for a role and mingle with Hollywood’s elite. Remember – in Los Angeles, everyone’s a star.

Art-Deco music hall
Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra transport you to the smokey underground music-halls of Chicago and Manhattan with their big band performances of 1930s classics. Revel in the elegance of a bygone era and dance to the most beautiful songs from the age.

Southern state hoedown
Leave the city behind and stomp with singing cowboys while Wheatley’s Lucky Stars perform western swing classics.

Georgia O‘Keeffe’s New Mexico
Art Macabre lead this Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired life drawing session. Painting in New Mexico throughout the 1930s, her subject matter ranged from pineapples and skulls to roses and undulating mountains. Join this life drawing session and feel the desert heat.

American dream soapbox talks
Lively soapbox talks on the American dream and liberalism, immigration and consumer culture from a range of speakers.

Plus street food stalls and cocktail bars open all evening.

Dress code: All-American vintage
Think cowboys, Hollywood starlet, prairie farmer or hard-boiled detective.

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Saturday 22 April 2017

7 — 11.45pm

Royal Academy of Arts

£35. Includes entry to 'America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s' and a bespoke cocktail

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