Beginning with the Seventies
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Beginning with the Seventies
GLUT

Celebrating the excessive abundance of the archive, Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT is concerned with language, depictions of the woman reader as an artistic genre and the potential of reading as performed resistance. Central to the exhibition, Rereading Room is a reconstruction of the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore (1973-1996) in the second iteration of a project by Alexandra Bischoff. Thirteen artists, writers, theorists and researchers have been invited to occupy the installation as The Readers 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. A textile multiple by Kathy Slade will wrap and adorn The Readers and lingering visitors. Lisa Robertson finds in Baudelaire’s dandy a tangible presence for old women in public spaces. A multitude of artworks dating from 1968 to 2017 explore language as a medium and material including works by Allyson Clay, Judith Copithorne, Gathie Falk, Jamelie Hassan, Germaine Koh, Laiwan, Sara Leydon, Divya Mehra, Adrian Piper, Kristina Lee Podesva, Anne Ramsden, Evelyn Roth and Elizabeth Zvonar, among others, that are drawn from the Belkin Art Gallery collection, the Kamloops Art Gallery, SFU Galleries, the Surrey Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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Beginning with the Seventies
Activism, Art & Archives

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of Beginning with the Seventies: Activism, Art & Archives, an ongoing project investigating the 1970s, an era in which social movements of all kinds – feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ rights, access to health services and housing – began to coalesce into models of self-organization. Many non-profit organizations formed in Vancouver to provide direct assistance, engender and distribute new knowledge, and resist forms of oppression, thereby creating a network that overlapped with the production of art and culture. The history of these organizations and their founders is preserved across archives, collections and networks; these resources vary in terms of public accessibility and are not well known to younger producers. We speculate: what if these archival materials are examined through an interdisciplinary lens that includes art and cultural practices?

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