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The Making of an Archive
Book Launch and Artist Talk with Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn

A collaboration with grunt gallery

In collaboration with grunt gallery and in conjunction with the opening reception for Beginning with the Seventies: Radial Change, the Belkin is pleased to present a book launch and artist talk with Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn.

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Performance and Discussion Afternoon
with Justine A. Chambers, Peter Dickinson and Evann Siebens

In conjunction with Radial Change, please join us at the Belkin for an afternoon dedicated to thinking together about the intricate relationships among movement, bodies, archives and performance. Practitioners from disparate disciplines yet with shared theoretical and material concerns, Justine Chambers’s in situ performance will activate a simultaneous discussion with Evann Siebens and Peter Dickinson.

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Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Research Roundtable
Curating Critical Pedagogies: A Curatorial Conversation with Clark House Initiative

All are welcome and admission is free.

As part of the PWIAS International Research Roundtable project, please join us at Pollyanna圖書館Library for a discussion with Zasha Colah and Prabhakar Kamble of Clark House Initiative, Bombay. Clark House Initiative is a curatorial collaborative and a union of artists concerned with ideas of freedom, that was established in 2010 by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma. Strategies of equality have informed their work, while experiments in rereading histories, and concerns of representation and visibility are ways to imagine alternative economies and freedom. Clark House Initiative intends to actively recall political and artistic figures into contemporaneity and to question the recent rise of fascism in India based on exaggerated rumors of economic prosperity and nationalist pride. Membership in the union arises from basic tenets of humanism: Friendship, Anti-Racism, Sexual Freedom, Anti-Homophobia, Anti-Islamophobia, Feminism, Secularism and understanding the project of Modernism as an economic and political reality outside the occident. This event is hosted by 221A and co-presented by the Belkin Art Gallery. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies for the award to support this Academic Program research project. 

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Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Research Roundtable
Curating Critical Pedagogies: A Curatorial Conversation with Binna Choi, Galit Eilat and Simon Sheikh

All are welcome and admission is free.

As part of the PWIAS International Research Roundtable project, please join us at the Western Front for a panel discussion among four international curators. As part of their visit to Vancouver for Curating Critical Pedagogies, Binna Choi (Casco Art Institute), Galit Eilat (DAI, CCS Bard) and Simon Sheikh (Goldsmiths, University of London) will discuss their programs, institutions and research. Western Front’s Caitlin Jones will moderate the conversation. This event is hosted by the Western Front and presented by the Belkin Art Gallery. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies for the award to support this Academic Program research project.

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Writers in the Rereading Room

In collaboration with the UBC Creative Writing Program, the Belkin Art Gallery presents a reading and book signing featuring four acclaimed authors. Join us in the Rereading Room, a reconstruction of the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore (1973-1996), as we celebrate new books by UBC faculty members Amber Dawn, Kevin Chong, Maureen Medved and Timothy Taylor.

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Concert at the Belkin
with UBC Contemporary Players

Once again, we are pleased to welcome the UBC Contemporary Players to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by the exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT. Directed by UBC School of Music faculty Drs. Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi, the UBC Contemporary Players ensemble includes graduate and undergraduate students focusing on music and performance of our time. Programs blend masterworks by internationally acclaimed composers with exciting world premieres of works written expressly for the ensemble by UBC composition majors.

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The Readers Respond

As part of the exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT, Rereading Room (2016-18) is activated by The Readers (2018); a performance wherein thirteen artists, writers, theorists and researchers have been invited to occupy the installation for the duration of the exhibition, working with and against the inventory by reading, annotating and supplementing the collection to form a dossier of responses. The Readers include Julia Aoki, Brenna Bezanson, Cicely-Belle Blain, Bopha Chhay, Elisa Ferrari, Michelle Fu, Kay Higgins, Beverly Ho, Tiziana La Melia, Steffanie Ling, Jeannine Mitchell, Kathy Slade and Cornelia Wyngaarden.

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Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

In collaboration with UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory Instructor Christine D’Onofrio and concurrent with Art+Feminism events worldwide, the Belkin Art Gallery invites participants of all genders and expressions to join in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Annually each March, art and feminist communities around the world converge to correct Wikipedia’s gendered biases and bolster the representation of female-identified and non-binary persons indexed within the ubiquitous online resource. Join us on Saturday, March 10 to create and edit Wikipedia articles about female-identified and non-binary artists, feminist art movements and scholarship. We will provide help for beginner Wikipedians, reference materials, childcare and refreshments. Bring your own laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation.

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Kids Take Over UBC!
Poem Power - For Mighty Kids Who Want to Change the World!

For too long, UBC has been run by adults. It’s time for kids to rule at this fun-filled arts festival for kids and families. Celebrate Family Day weekend by bringing your entire family to UBC on Sunday, February 11 for a day where kids and youth will be given meaningful roles, working alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of arts and culture. Takeover Day, first launched in the UK, is a celebration of children and young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organizations, archives and heritage sites. At the Belkin as part of the exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT, we welcome kids to take part in Poem Power – For Mighty Kids Who Want to Change the World! Drop in to one of our half-hour sessions and join us as we read from Siv Widerberg’s 1973 children’s book I’m Like Me: Poems for people who want to grow up equal. Kids can write their own poetry, and to inspire the next generation of activism, we’ll be creating slogans at our sign-making workshop.

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Groundhog Day Redux
A Symposium with Dian Million, Kristina Lee Podesva and Kimberly Phillips

As part of the exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT, the Belkin is pleased to present Groundhog Day Redux, a one-day symposium addressing the perennial nature of key issues in feminism and both the frustrations and fresh insights that come with repetition. Dian Million and Kristina Lee Podesva, in conversation with Kimberly Phillips, will address the topic of Archive as Body to consider how affect, emotion and embodiment influence our relationship to archives.

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Concert at the Belkin
with UBC Contemporary Players

Once again, we are pleased to welcome the UBC Contemporary Players to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by the exhibition The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Led by Directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi, this graduate and undergraduate student ensemble from the UBC School of Music will animate the Gallery for an afternoon program celebrating themes from the exhibition.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Concert at the Belkin
The Elements: Piano Music Inspired by Earth, Fire, Air, Water

The UBC School of Music piano class of Professor Corey Hamm invites you to THE FOUR ELEMENTS: Piano Music inspired by Earth, Fire, Water, Air at the Belkin Art Gallery.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Plasticity
Reading Group and Seminar

French philosopher Dr. Catherine Malabou, best known for her work on plasticity, has forged new connections across such fields as philosophy, neuroscience and psychoanalysis and their fundamental entanglements with cultural, political and social life. Working with post-structuralist and post-critical methodologies, she addresses the work of philosophers Kant, Hegel, Freud, Heiddeger and Derrida. Her writing engenders a reconsideration of keywords and foundational concepts such as subjectivity, affect, gender, sex, feminism, neoliberalism, sovereignty, justice and trauma, to name a few. This fall Catherine Malabou will be visiting Vancouver in conjunction with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery exhibition The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (September 5–December 3). In advance of her visit, the Belkin Art Gallery is partnering with SFU Galleries, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and 221A to host a reading group that will focus on a selection of her recent essays. The sessions will culminate in a seminar lead by Malabou.

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Public lecture with Esther Shalev-Gerz
The Shadow

Esther Shalev-Gerz will present her proposal for The Shadow, a new public art project to be installed on the UBC campus as part of the Outdoor Art Collection. A 100-metre long depiction of the shadow of an old-growth Douglas fir tree will be embedded within the paving pattern of the University Plaza. Shalev-Gerz will discuss this work in relation to the many other projects she has created in the public spaces of cities world-wide.

Esther Shalev-Gerz is an internationally renowned artist. Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, she was raised in Jerusalem, Israel and has been residing in Paris since 1984, spending her summers on Cortes Island, BC. Her work investigates the construction of knowledge, history and cultural identities. She has exhibited internationally, amongst other places, in San Francisco, Paris, Berlin, Vancouver, Finland, Detroit, Geneva, Guangzhou and New York and created permanent projects in public space in Hamburg, Israel, Stockholm, Wanas, Geneva and Glasgow. For more information, visit the artist’s website www.shalev-gerz.net

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Public Lecture with Catherine Malabou
Empty Square v. Evolutionary Memory: The New Adventures of Signs

Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 NW Marine Drive, UBC

The Belkin Art Gallery is thrilled to present a public lecture by Dr. Catherine Malabou, one of France’s leading philosophers whose work considers the concept of plasticity, which she derives in part from the work of Hegel as well as from medical science, for example, from work on stem cells and from the concept of neuroplasticity. Malabou’s contention that plasticity has become a major category in philosophy, arts, psychology, neurobiology and cell biology has opened up new perspectives on the way in which subjectivity and materiality, mind and body, are interrelated, along with new relationships between philosophy, arts and biology.

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