Beginning with the Seventies
Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties

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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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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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A Reading by Lisa Robertson
The Baudelaire Fractal

Join us in the Gallery for a reading by poet and essayist Lisa Robertson, “The Baudelaire Fractal.” Robertson describes the subject thusly:

“A new prose text, resulting from a period of intense immersion in Baudelaire. It slowly unravels a mystical experience – that of waking up in a hotel room one morning to discover that I have written the complete works of Baudelaire, yet without actually having become Baudelaire. It’s as if his texts have become me, or I have realized myself within them. In part the liminal portal of the hotel room inaugurates this experience, whose telling moves among hotel rooms occupied in my 35-year span of travelling and writing. The text moves from room to room, from memory to memory, including many inclusions of shared points of reference for B and I – looking at Claude in the Louvre, reading Poe, smoking hash, relative impoverishment, affairs, dandyism. . . It is part memoir, part novelistic magical realism, part trash-talking contemporary art and poetry life.”

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A Conversation on Memory
With Anthony Phillips and Timothy Taylor

Join Anthony Phillips and Timothy Taylor, two leading UBC scholars, in a conversation about memory. Phillips and Taylor will focus their presentations on the productive intersections of their own work and the current exhibition, The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a unique collaboration between the Belkin, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

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Poetry Reading with Elee Kraljii Gardiner and Ali Blythe
TRAUMA HEAD: Reading the Medical File

In this reading of the chapbook Trauma Head by Elee Kraljii Gardiner, the author is joined by poet Ali Blythe to enact the disorientation and dissonance of Kraljii Gardiner’s experience with vertebral artery dissection and brainstem stroke. These visual poems, bound as a medical file, were created with only scissors, double-sided tape, a photocopier and a Sharpie as a low-fi response to high tech medical testing. Kraljii Gardiner’s actual test results layered with poetic interventions resist simple reading: Kraljii Gardiner’s and Blythe’s joint – and sometimes simultaneous reading— engages the confusion of brain injury. Half of the chapbook poems will appear in the long poem memoir by the same name, Trauma Head, which is forthcoming in Spring 2018. The reading is approximately 20 minutes and will be followed with conversation and response.

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