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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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Book Launch + Signing
Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry

Kardosh Projects, 2423 Granville Street, Vancouver

Join us in celebrating the publication of Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry, co-published with Black Dog Publishing, UK. This richly illustrated book includes essays by Jamie Hilder, David MacWilliam, Michael Turner, Scott Watson and William Wood, and features a chronology of Morris’s prolific practice since the mid-1960s. It follows the 2012 exhibition of the same name that was held at the Belkin Art Gallery, which focused on a series of large-scale paintings with inset mirrors that Morris made in 1969—his last paintings until the early 1980s—brought together at the Belkin for the first time since then. The Belkin’s show presented the paintings in the context of contemporaneous examples of Concrete Poetry, a practice that had influenced Morris and catalyzed his move into other forms of art making such as sculpture, photography and performance, examples of which were also represented in the exhibition. This book focuses on Morris’s activity in the late 1960s and his “last paintings,” in an attempt to restore them to an art historical context.

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Concert at the Belkin

Join us as we welcome the UBC Contemporary Players to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by Maria Eichhorn. 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.

All welcome. Admission is free.

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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 Maria Eichhorn, an exhibition of works by the German artist. This exhibition will be the first time Eichhorn’s work has been seen in Vancouver, and is focused around two ongoing projects, Prohibited Imports (2003/08 and 2015) and Film Lexicon of Sexual Practices (1999/2005/2008/2014/2015), that are augmented on this occasion with newly commissioned works added to each series.

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Robert Murray's Cumbria to be restored and re-sited

Cumbria (1966–67), by Robert Murray (born Vancouver, 1936), has been removed from its site between the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the Lasserre Building for restoration and re-siting. This monumental Minimalist sculpture, weighing approximately twenty tonnes, became compromised from corrosion of the bolts that held it together. The sculpture will be sandblasted, repainted, and then installed at a new location to be announced in the near future.

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6th Annual Dean of Arts Prize for the Best Essay in Visual Literacy
Contested Spaces

$1,000 for the winning entry

Every full-time undergraduate student at UBC is invited to participate in an essay contest that considers the issue, Contested Spaces. Essays must be no longer than 1,000 words in length and submitted to the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, April 17, 2015. Submissions must be made with a separate page indicating: 1) full name, 2) student number, 3) email, 4) telephone. Contestants must be full-time students registered in an undergraduate program at the University of British Columbia.

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Spatial Politics and the City Symposium

Liu Institute for Global Issues
6476 NW Marine Drive, UBC

This symposium is occasioned by the Tom Burrows exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Since the 1960s, Burrows’ work has reflected on the connections between the spaces of political and artistic/material practice. His home and sculptural works on the Maplewood Mudflats, his documentation of squatting communities in Africa, Asia and Europe, and his ongoing production of abstract works in resin and porcelain share an attention to the ways in which socially meaningful forms emerge out of engagement with, and intervention in, spatial and material processes. The symposium will take up some issues suggested by such attention in two panels.

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Concert at the Belkin

Join us as we welcome the UBC Contemporary Players to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by Tom Burrows. 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.

All welcome. Admission is free.

» read more


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 Tom Burrows, an exhibition of works by the Vancouver/Hornby Island artist from his early career to the present.

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Concert at the Belkin

Join us as we welcome the UBC Contemporary Players to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993. 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.

All welcome. Admission is free.

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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 Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993, an exhibition of 227 black-and-white photographs taken by the artist during the decade that he resided in New York City, his first time away from China. The New York photographs, presented in chronological order, form a layering of narratives that reflect a time when the artist was settling into a city and culture that was completely new to him.

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Film Screening & Lecture by Carol Lu
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

AT THE CINEMATHEQUE, 1131 HOWE STREET, VANCOUVER

In conjunction with The Cinémathèque, we are pleased to present Alison Klayman’s award-winning documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which examines the complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of the artist. Please join us immediately before the film for an introduction by Carol Lu, artistic director and chief curator of OCAT Shenzhen. A critic and curator based in Beijing, Lu is a Contributing Editor at Frieze Magazine. She was a jury member for the 2011 Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion Award, a co-artistic director for the 2012 Gwangju Biennial and writes frequently for international art journals and magazines including e-flux journal, The Exhibitionist, Yishu, Tate Etc. and Contemporary. Her curatorial work includes Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Art (with Diana Freundl), opening November 15th at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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Panel Discussion on the Umbrella Revolution

Please join us at the Belkin Art Gallery in conversation with UBC professors Hedy Law (School of Music), Michelle LeBaron (Faculty of Law) and Henry Yu (Department of History) to better understand recent protests in the streets of Hong Kong. What contexts inform this pro-democracy activism? How might we make sense of our relationship to the demonstrations and its resonance here on campus and in Vancouver?

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