The top floor of Tate Liverpool has been hijacked by men in make-up, flamboyant clothing and art. It is host to the newly opened Glam rock exhibition, the first of its kind. The exhibition, like the Glam rock movement of the 70’s, fuses music, fashion and art. Now I always thought of Glam rock as being a bit embarrassing, totally OTT and something my mum was into. She loved Mark Bolan, T Rex and David Bowie and watched Top of the Pops religiously every Thursday. But this exhibition suggests that the movement had a far bigger impact on art and culture than I initially thought.
The exhibition features the work of David Hockney, Cindy Sherman, Richard Hamilton and Allen Jones. As well as photography by Nan Goldin, paintings, video installations, short films and sculpture there are posters, record sleeves and extravagent costumes.
It seemed to be a time of experimentation, homosexuality had not long been decriminalised and gender roles were being redefined. Unlike today when a youth cult goes viral within milliseconds of its gestation, back then scenes had a chance to grow and develop building up a cult following before they explode. Halfway through the exhibition the focus shifts from London to New York, the mood changes from the glam spangles of Thursday night tele to a more moody, underground feel.