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Surrealism Film Series

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 221a curator Jesse McKee on November 3 and Vancouver artist Evann Siebens on November 10.

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Speculation and Performance in Art and Finance

with Goldin+Senneby, Geoff Mann and Marianne Nicolson

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 (Mergers and Acquisitions). 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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Fogo Island Dialogues
Islands, Sovereignty and Decolonial Futures

With Candice Hopkins and Monika Szewczyk, moderated by Nicolaus Schafhausen

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 and Fogo Island. 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.

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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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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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Absence in Remembrance:
The Japanese Canadian Internment

Franc Gallery, 1654 Franklin Street, Vancouver

Franc Gallery is pleased to present Absence in Remembrance: The Japanese Canadian Internment, a group exhibition featuring Canadian artists Lillian Michiko Blakey, Leslie Hossack, Emma Nishimura and Cindy Mochizuki. Absence in Remembrance centres on the remembrance and commemoration of the experience and legacy of the Japanese Canadian Internment, which began in British Columbia and unfolded across Canada during World War II. The exhibition is curated by Kristine Olson, an MA Candidate in Art History: Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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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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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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