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Beau Dick / Walas Gwayum

Celebration of Life

Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Drive, UBC

Please join us at a Celebration of Life for Beau Dick on Sunday, April 30, 2017. This public event will take place from 2 to 4 pm at the Museum of Anthropology, with words and actions from Larry Grant, Chief Robert Joseph, Linnea Dick, Anthony Shelton, Scott Watson, Dana Claxton and others. Beau spent his last years at UBC, working as artist-in-residence since 2013, teacher, colleague and mentor to many. This event is an opportunity for those he impacted on campus and further afield to come together to remember Beau.

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Barbara Cole appointed as Curator of Outdoor Art

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia is pleased to announce that Barbara Cole has been appointed the Gallery’s Curator of Outdoor Art effective April 24, 2017. Cole will replace Keith Wallace, who has served in this position since 2015.

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

James Hart

Reconciliation Pole is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. This 800-year-old red cedar tree was shipped from the island of Haida Gwaii and is being carved under the direction of master carver and hereditary chief, 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart with the helping hands of Gwaliga Hart, John Brent Bennett, Brandon Brown, Jaalen Edenshaw, Derek White, Leon Ridley and late son Carl Hart, all of the Haida Nation of Haida Gwaii. There will be an installation ceremony on Saturday, April 1, 2017, all are invited to attend. Please visit for further information.

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Concert at the Belkin
With UBC Contemporary Players

We are excited to welcome the UBC Contemporary Players back to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by the exhibitions To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A. The program will showcase original compositions written specifically for the ensemble by UBC composers, as well as a new improvised work developed through workshops with visiting artist Douglas Finch. Led by directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi, this graduate and undergraduate music ensemble from the UBC School of music will animate the Gallery for an afternoon program exploring themes from the exhibition including a range of affective expressions of late capitalism.

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Book launch
To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A

Join us to celebrate the launch of the publication documenting the presentation of To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Works by Melanie Gilligan, Goldin+Senneby, Gabrielle Hill, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Marianne Nicolson and Raqs Media Collective are featured in an essay by curator Lorna Brown; Jamie Hilder contributes an essay about KP Brehmer; and Maria Lind’s conversation with Goldin+Senneby is offered in the form of a libretto by Pamela Carter. The book is designed by Derek Barnett, Information Office.

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Marianne Nicolson Artist Talk

Join artist Marianne Nicolson who will talk about two works that are part of the Belkin’s current exhibition To refuse/To wait/To sleep. Tunics of the Changing Tide (2007) in the Walter C. Koerner Library and The Sun is Setting on the British Empire (2016) on the facade of the Belkin Art Gallery both relate to Nicolson’s body of research-based works that explore the appropriation and counter-appropriation of objects, images, symbols and materials between European, Asian and Indigenous cultures. We will meet at the Belkin Art Gallery at 1 pm and walk to Koerner Library. Bring your umbrellas in case of rain.

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Archives LIVE!
A Reactivating: Art and Archives Event

Panel discussion with Lorna Brown, Marcia Crosby and Kay Higgins; moderated by the Pleasure and Protest, Sometimes Simultaneously! free school with Randy Lee Cutler and Magnolia Pauker

At the Western Front Grand Luxe Hall, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver

The third in an ongoing series of forums, Reactivating: Art and Archives gathers a community of interest around the issues of art, activism and archives. A collaboration with the Pleasure and Protest, Sometimes Simultaneously! free school and Western Front, this iteration takes the form of a panel discussion. Moderated by PPSS! co-founders Randy Lee Cutler and Magnolia Pauker, panelists Lorna Brown, Marcia Crosby and Kay Higgins will explore personal and professional experiences related to the broad thematic of Feminisms and Archives, promising critical and creative conversations, live.

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Call to Edit!
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

In collaboration with UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory Instructor Christine D’Onofrio, and concurrent with Art+Feminism events worldwide, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery invites participants of all genders and expressions to join in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. The Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is part of the Belkin Art Gallery’s project Beginning With the Seventies, an ongoing research initiative 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.

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What's at Stake
Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Simon Fraser University, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges is an afternoon of talks, panels and a spoken word performance that examines knowledge, power, authority and sovereignty in the construction of artistic practices. Following on Intertextual: Art in Dialogue, a roving reading group that was held at participating galleries over the last year, this program is meant to function less like a syllabus and more like a web of ideas. Taking the critical historiography of Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A Changing History of Ideas (UBC Press, 2013) as a point of provocation, this event belongs to an intertextual discussion of artistic practice and the role of art institutions (from artist-run centres to public gallery models) in Vancouver.

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in conjunction with To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A

Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, 6331 Crescent Road, UBC

The Symposium is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Please register by January 10 to

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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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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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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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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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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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