Friday night performances at the Serpentine Gallery

Cos and the Serpentine Galleries are collaborating on a series of events featuring poets, artists, filmmakers and activists

A Park Night event earlier this year featuring artist Shawanda Corbett
A Park Night event earlier this year featuring artist Shawanda Corbett | Image: Talie Rose Eigeland

Designed by award-winning Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, the Serpentine Pavilion currently resembles a large, hollowed-out slate hill. But on Friday nights throughout September and into October, the elegantly sloped structure serves as an interdisciplinary arts space for the performance of poetry, film, music and art for the Cos x Serpentine Park Nights series (tickets from £8) – the seventh consecutive year that the Serpentine Gallery has collaborated with contemporary fashion brand Cos to create the events.

The Serpentine Pavilion – designed by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami – serves as an interdisciplinary arts space during the series
The Serpentine Pavilion – designed by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami – serves as an interdisciplinary arts space during the series | Image: Norbert Tukaj and Junya Ishigami Associates
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The first to take to the stage this September is UK producer and performer Klein, with a rare DJ set at the Cos store in Coal Drops Yard on September 18 (free). September 20 sees artist and musician 1010 Benja SL perform a “mysterious musical composition” entitled Kindlig at the Serpentine Pavilion, in collaboration with London-based record label Young Turks. The following Friday, Chilean poet, artist, activist and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña will present a participatory poetic performance addressing cultural homogenisation and ecological destruction, among other topics. 

UK producer and performer Klein will hit the decks for a rare DJ set at the Cos store in Coal Drops Yard
UK producer and performer Klein will hit the decks for a rare DJ set at the Cos store in Coal Drops Yard | Image: Josiane MH Pozi
Lauded American artist Carrie Mae Weems will close the series
Lauded American artist Carrie Mae Weems will close the series | Image: David Broda

Closing the series, lauded American artist Carrie Mae Weems will take to the Pavilion stage on October 4. Weems’s work encompasses photography, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, video and performance. “Cos x Serpentine Park Nights welcomes some of the most exciting artists in the world to create radical new work – happenings that are genuine dialogues between the artists, the audience and the space,” says Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of Serpentine Galleries. A good reason to clear your Friday-night schedule.

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