Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Where In The World? No.38 #Wyoming

Where in the World? is our occasional series in which Adam, The Daily Constitutional’s Editor is logging the locations of his London Walkers.

“We meet people from all over the world, and I thought it would be fun to map them out to create a picture of where our London Walkers (and Daily Constitutionalists) come from.

I’ll be breaking it down by English and Welsh counties, Scottish regions, Irish provinces, U.S States, Canadian provinces, Australian states, European, Asian, African and South American countries.”

Adam writes…
A pleasure to meet the Monger family last night, all the way from Cheyenne, Wyoming…

The Mongers joined me on a Ghosts of the Old City walk as part of the itinerary of their mammoth Rick Steves tour – next stop France, Burgundy and Paris, have a great trip guys!

Whenever I post in this occasional series, I try to find a connection between the home of the London Walkers I have met and my own city, London. In the case of Wyoming, we've got a major connection coming our way this autumn at the Royal Academy. Jackson Pollock is coming to town.

Earlier this year I read the following in The Guardian:

Two of Jackson Pollock’s most important and biggest works will be sent from Australia and the US to be united for the first and probably only time in a landmark London show on abstract expressionism.

The Royal Academy of Arts will stage this autumn the first overarching show in the UK on the American art movement since a Tate exhibition in 1958.

One of the highlights will be the display of Pollock’s monumental Mural, 1943, on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art, alongside the almost as vast Blue Poles, 1952, from the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Catch up with the full post here: www.theguardian.com

You can book for the show at the Royal Academy's website: www.royalacademy.org.uk

Influential abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming. The city is named for William Cody – Buffalo Bill. 

Cody himself was no stranger to London, bringing his Wild West extravaganza to Europe for the first time in 1887. It was staged at Earl's Court in West London. A huge popular success, it played before no less than three monarchs - Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V. Cody's show was Queen Victoria's first public engagement after the death of Prince Albert.

Although Cody was not a native of Wyoming, the city was named for him thanks to his part in the founding of the original town.

Next time on Where In the World?: A big shout out to some great friends of London Walks in Arizona!

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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