This summer, COS continues its commitment to art, design and creativity in the brand's fifth consecutive year supporting the Serpentine Galleries' public performance series, Park Nights.
Park Nights hosts a special selection of live performances by compelling multidisciplinary artists invited from across art, architecture, music, film, philosophy and technology to craft new, live works to be staged within the Serpentine Pavilion. For 2017, the Serpentine Pavilion will be designed by award-winning Burkinabé architect Francis Kéré and his Berlin based studio Kéré Architecture. The Pavilion will be designed to prioritise the movement of people and the gathering of communities to engender a sense of togetherness and connection to nature.
There will be eight Park Nights for the 2017 season, taking place on selected Friday nights throughout the summer. The programme opens on 30 June with the US cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa, who will also be making his UK debut with the exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery from 8 June to 10 September. Other confirmed Park Nights artists include Tamara Henderson, Eleanor Antin, Joseph Grigley, and Bouchra Ouizguen & company (as part of Shubbak Festival), with further names to be announced in June.
COS Creative Director, Karin Gustafsson says of the partnership, "We are honoured to be able to partner with the Serpentine Galleries for a 5th year - a charitable institution at the forefront of creativity that remains of significant inspiration to us at COS. The Park Nights provide an influential platform for multidisciplinary artists to share their work and we are proud to support such a communal initiative."
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries says of the partnership, "The Serpentine's Park Nights highlight the Pavilion's defining role as a place of extraordinary encounters. This summer's series of live events explores the potential for performance to gather people together through architecture, poetry, storytelling, theatre, art and dance – inspired by Francis Kéré whose pavilion is designed around the motif of the tree as a central meeting point. We are so grateful that COS has, for the fifth year, supported this key strand of our programming and look forward to welcoming artists and audiences to the park."
Yana Peel, CEO of Serpentine Galleries adds, "We are thrilled that our Park Nights will be partnered by COS for a fifth year running. Each performance is a unique commission, a dynamic and engaging experience for a wide-ranging audience of art enthusiasts and performance fans alike. Thank you COS for supporting this hugely rewarding project, in alignment with a summer of radical inclusion and unbridled innovation at the Serpentine Galleries."