Steve McQueen Sunshine State, 2022 Installation view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2022

Event Public Program

Steve McQueen
Sunshine State

13 May 2022 – 7.00pm

A conversation with Steve MᶜQueen and Cora Gilroy-Ware

The Public Program devoted to Steve MQueen’s exhibition “Sunshine State” opens with a talk between Steve MᶜQueen and Cora Gilroy-Ware, art historian and author of the essay “In the Dead of the Light: Steve McQueen’s Sunshine State” for the exhibition’s catalogue.

The artist discusses with Cora Gilroy-Ware some of the main themes of the exhibition, focusing particularly on the genesis and complex narrative of Sunshine State (2022), the new video installation commissioned and produced by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2022, which is presented in world premiere at Pirelli HangarBicocca. At the end of the conversation, the artist answers questions from the audience.

Cora Gilroy-Ware is a scholar and artist working on continuities between the historic and contemporary, ancient and modern. Her first book, The Classical Body in Romantic Britain (Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art, 2020), was a “Book of the Year for 2020” in the Times Literary Supplement. Cora Gilroy-Ware is Associate Professor in History of Art at the University of Oxford, as well as an artist who performs under the name Fauness.

The conversation was be held in English with simultaneous translation.
Free admission upon registration.

The conversation was also streamed on our website

On this occasion, the exhibitions are open until 9.30 PM.

During the event it is mandatory to wear a FFP2 mask.


The Public Program | Steve MᶜQueen continues with the following events:

Friday 10 June 2022 at 9 PM
A DJ set by the legendary musician and producer Dennis Bovell, who takes inspiration from the sound system of Jamaican origin that was popular in London in the mid-1970s. He has earned himself the reputation of being Britain’s Reggae Maestro, from pioneering early developments in the genre over 40 years ago to producing classic hits.

Beginning Sunday 12 June
Small Axe series (2020) awarded film of the year 2020 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) —the first time for a television series— and winner of five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) 2021, is at the centre of the third event the Public Program, organised in collaboration with the Fondazione Prada. The anthology of five films will be screened at the cinema in the Foundation’s headquarters in Milan, at various dates to be announced in June, with an introduction by Steve MᶜQueen in conversation with international guests on Sunday 12 June.

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