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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 Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: The Last Waves. 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.

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Fogo Island Dialogues
Islands, Sovereignty and Decolonial Futures

With Candice Hopkins and Monika Szewczyk, moderated by Nicolaus Schafhausen and special guests Linnea and Beau Dick

Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 NW Marine Drive, UBC

As part of the Fogo Island Dialogues, Candice Hopkins and Monika Szewczyk will present Islands, Sovereignty and Decolonial Futures, a public lecture moderated by Nicolaus Schafhausen that will reflect on intersections between their curatorial conversations around documenta 14, Learning from Athens (working title). As part of the curatorial team for the upcoming documenta 14, one of contemporary art’s most important exhibitions that opens in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany in June 2017, Hopkins and Szewczyk will consider what it might mean to establish a continuum between the West Coast and the Southeast of Europe, with special attention given to the work of Beau and Linnea Dick. Linnea Dick, who recently opened documenta 14’s Public Programs at the Athens Municipality Arts Centre, will provide an introduction to this conversation, and her father Hereditary Chief Beau Dick will provide concluding remarks.

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Reconciliation Pole
Honouring a Time Before, During and After Canada's Indian Residential Schools

James Hart

Reconciliation Pole, to be raised at UBC on the unceded ancestral territory of the Musqueam people, is designed and carved under the direction of Haida master carver and Hereditary Chief, 7idansuu (James Hart). The pole will be installed in the spring of 2017 during a Haida pole-raising ceremony, in which the public will be invited to participate. Reconciliation Pole is currently located behind the Museum of Anthropology where James Hart and his assistants are completing the final details. They will be working there until mid-November after which time the pole will be stored until its raising. Visitors are welcome to view the pole until its completion. Please check back in January for further information on the date, time and location of the pole raising.

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Classical Toy Boat (1987) by Glenn Lewis

Classical Toy Boat (1987) by Vancouver artist Glenn Lewis is the most recent outdoor artwork to be installed at UBC. This sculpture, made from Carrera marble, was initially located outside of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery on the Toronto waterfront in 1987 as part of the exhibition From Sea to Shining Sea. It was purchased by the Belkin Art Gallery in 2009 for the University Art Collection and restored in anticipation of its new location. Classical Toy Boat will be celebrated in conjunction with the opening reception on Thursday, June 23 for the Belkin’s upcoming exhibition, Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape: Works from the Collection (June 24-August 14, 2016).

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Uncanny Relations
Surrealism Film Series at The Cinematheque

The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

In conjunction with Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson: The Last Waves, join us for a film series reconsidering canonical surrealist films and experimental feminist interventions, in the context of the artists’ own hallucinogenic and uncanny exhibition-based films. Three nights of rarely seen double bills, each including a feature length film as well as a program of shorts. Introductions will be provided by Jesse McKee on November 3 and Evann Siebens on November 10.

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Symposium
Speculation and Performance in Art and Finance

with Goldin+Senneby, Geoff Mann and Marianne Nicolson; moderated by Jaleh Mansoor

Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall, UBC

Speculation in Art and Finance Symposium gathers artists Goldin+Senneby and Marianne Nicolson along with geographer Geoff Mann in preparation for our upcoming exhibitions To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A. Opening at the Belkin in January 2017, these projects will bring together artists investigating belief and prediction in economic models, precarious labour, illicit and marginalized markets and other concerns. In advance of the exhibitions, this symposium brings together artists and scholars to explore the exhibit themes through an interdisciplinary lens. Artists-in-residence Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby – whose work explores juridical, financial and spatial constructs through notions of the performative and the virtual – are visiting the Belkin in advance of the project. They will be joined by Geoff Mann, author of Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism and artist Marianne Nicolson, whose current research looks at an early experiment with capitalism on the part of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of the Northwest Coast in collaboration with “Boston men” (Americans) for markets in China.

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Book Launch + Signing
Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity

Location: Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, 293 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Join us at Macaulay & Co. Fine Art at 293 East 2nd Avenue in Vancouver to celebrate the publication of Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity. Edited by Scott Watson and Lorna Brown, this richly illustrated hardcover book includes essays by Beau Dick, Chief Robert Joseph, Guujaaw, Gyauustees, Linnea Dick, Wanda Nanibush, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Tarah Hogue and Shelly Rosenblum. The catalogue offers visual documentation of the belongings that were gathered and displayed in the Gallery during the Lalakenis exhibition, along with images from the two journeys that culminated in copper-breaking ceremonies: Awalaskenis I (February 2013) beginning in Quatsino and ending in Victoria, BC and Awalaskenis II (July 2014) which saw Beau Dick and 21 companions setting out from UBC for Ottawa. The copper-breaking ceremonies marked ruptured relationships in need of repair, and passed the burden of wrongs done to First Nations people from them to the Governments of BC and Canada, reviving a shaming rite that once was central to a complex economic system and symbol of justice, a traditional practice that had all but disappeared. This publication reprints content from the exhibition guide in which Beau comments on the significance and role of coppers and the motivating factors for the journeys; Guujaaw speaks of the Taaw copper he made to be broken in Ottawa; Linnea Dick reflects on instigating, along with her sister Geraldine, the earlier journey from Quatsino to Victoria; and Gyauustees speaks about the ceremonies he conducts as a pipe carrier. Added to these texts are new essays by Wanda Nanibush, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Tarah Hogue and Shelly Rosenblum.

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The Art of Cycling:
Outdoor Art and Bicycle Tour

Meet at More Bikes in Wesbrook Village, 3332 Shrum Lane, Vancouver

Discover UBC’s outdoor art collection with the Wesbrook Village Outdoor Art and Bicycle Tour led by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery! This free tour will take riders from More Bikes in Wesbrook Village along Main Mall and through the UBC campus and will end at the Belkin Art Gallery. After the tour, More Bikes will guide participants back to Wesbrook Village. The tour is weather dependent.

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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 Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity. Led by Directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi with support from Aaron Graham, 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.

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Curatorial Lecture with Hans Winkler

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The Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present a talk by Hans Winkler about the exhibition Looking for Mushrooms: Beat Poets, Hippies, Funk, Minimal Art, San Francisco 1955-68 as part of the Curatorial Lecture Series. The exhibition, which he co-curated with Barbara Engelbach and Friederike Wappler in 2008 at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, considered a time and place where the boundaries between the arts were broken down, leading not only to a politicized counterculture, but also to the mingling of theatre, dance, the visual arts, literature and film. Winkler’s lecture will also include an introduction to his own artistic practice, in particular his interventions in the public space. The Curatorial Lecture Series presents lectures on contemporary curatorial practice. The series is organized by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in collaboration with the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory with the support of the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies. Hans Winkler’s visit to Vancouver is a collaboration with grunt gallery, Vancouver.

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Intertextual Reading Group
A discussion with Glen Coulthard

Please join us for a reading and discussion with Glen Coulthard, who will read from his critically acclaimed book, Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Intertextual: Art in Dialogue is an ongoing reading group held across a range of visual art institutions in Vancouver that takes place between January and October 2016. The group aims to connect a series of readings that provoke dialogue about how art and its ideas are written, circulated, contested and rewritten. Texts are distributed at the event and read aloud; discussion is open to all and no prior preparation is required.

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Cutting Copper
Indigenous Resurgent Practice

Two days of performances and discussions

Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice, a collaborative project between grunt gallery and the Belkin Art Gallery, aims to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of artists, curators, writers, educators, scholars, students and activists to explore the embodied theory of Indigenous resurgence and cultural representation – both from the perspectives of their own disciplines and one another’s. The event will focus specifically on the role that contemporary Indigenous artistic practice does and can play in redefining cultural tradition, representation, and the relations between Settler and Indigenous peoples at sites of creativity, community and dissent. A series of performances at the Belkin Art Gallery will respond to the exhibition Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick, and will be followed by thematic discussions held at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice is presented with support from the British Columbia Arts Council.

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Conversations

Join leading UBC scholars, artists, curators and critics in a series of midday conversations. We invite two prominent, disciplinarily distinct voices into the Gallery to discuss productive intersections of their own work and the current exhibition, followed by a discussion that includes the audience. In this series, guests will address Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity, an exhibition that remembers Kwakwaka’wakw carver Beau Dick’s 2014 journey from UBC to Ottawa, which culminated in a ceremonial copper-breaking on the steps of Parliament Hill.

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Tea with Beau

Join UBC Artist in Residence and Kwakwaka’wakw Hereditary Chief Beau Dick, community members, elders and activists on select Thursday afternoons at the Gallery, where they will share their knowledge, experiences and discuss the themes of the exhibition Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity.

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Curatorial Lecture with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Room 102 - Lasserre Building, 6333 Memorial Road, UBC

The Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present a talk by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, “The 14th Istanbul Biennial: On Annie Besant, thought forms, mad science, love and politics,” as part of the Curatorial Lecture Series. This lecture will explore the relationship between the 14th Istanbul Biennial titled Saltwater. A Theory of Thought Forms and 19th and early 20th century theosophist Annie Besant’s notion of thought forms and their impact on action and the world today, at a critical moment for Turkey and the region. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013–15), Getty Visiting Research Scholar (2015), and was recently appointed as Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, commencing on January 1, 2016.

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