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Didier Civil:
Faces of Carnival / Jacmel, Haiti

Didier Civil is a celebrated Haitian painter and papier-mache artist, and the founding director of an art school in Jacmel, the site of the most celebrated Haitian Carnival and one of the towns devastated by the recent earthquake and cholera outbreak.

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The Second Annual Dean of Arts Prize for the Best Essay in Visual Literacy
"The face is a politics"

Every undergraduate student at UBC is invited to participate in an essay contest considering the relationship between representations of the face and notions of subjectivity.

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Cold War Confidential

Belkin Art Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, UBC

“Cold War Confidential” is presented in conjunction with the Brenda and David McLean Lectures in Canadian Studies. This symposium expands on John O’Brian’s focus on photography during the Cold War in Canada to include a comparison with America. Symposium speakers will explore links between culture (art, photography, literature), the environment, and nuclear propaganda and protest in the Cold War era.

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Cine:Subjects - a symposium

Friday, December 3, 2:00 pm at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Room 260, 1961 East Mall, UBC

Free admission

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Jerry Wasserman at the Belkin
Zouave Costume and Performance from the Crimea to Michael Jackson

Jerry Wasserman, PhD. is a professor of English and Theatre at the University of British Columbia. Join us for a talk about the history of the “Zouave” uniform. …The characteristic zouave uniform included short open-fronted jackets baggy trousers…

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Concert at The Belkin
UBC Contemporary Players

Join us for a concert by the UBC Contemporary Players, featuring a program of work by Mario Lavista, George Crumb, Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, and R. Murray Schafer.

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Curatorial Lecture
Ute Meta Bauer

Scripted Spaces - The Exhibition as an Architecture of Discourse

Rm 102 Lasserre Building, 6333 Memorial Road, UBC

Ute Meta Bauer, Associate Professor and Director of the Visual Arts Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge) will talk about her curatorial practice. Her interests include projects outside of institutions, the exhibition as an architecture of discourse, and archival practices.

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Curatorial Lecture
Régis Michel

Bodybuilding - Howlings in favour of Klein

I.K. Barber Learning Centre
#301, Lillooet Room
1961 East Mall on the UBC Campus

March 9th, 1960. A chic soirée at the Gallery d’Arquian, rue Saint Honoré, Paris. Yves Klein changes a woman into paintbrush, the public into voyeurs, and art into spectacle: a high mass of anthropometry. Nietzsche affirmed that art is never more than a (tragic) farce. Klein demonstrates that art is never more than the artist (a clown): Narcissus in seventh heaven. Klein is a flighty knave: a genius joker, for whom art is life – la vie en rose (Rrose Sélavy): a theatre of… the void. Let us build this organless body which surges up without warning, between Godard and Glauber, Vienna and Kantor, Debord and Deleuze + Guattari: a mere display of conceptual levitation…

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Curatorial Lecture
Anselm Franke

We regret to announce that this lecture has been cancelled.

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What’s Art Got To Do With It?
The First Annual Dean of Arts Prize for the Best Essay in Visual Literacy

Every undergraduate student at UBC is invited to participate in an essay contest considering the relationship of the aesthetic and the political. The exhibition Backstory poses the question, you provide some answers.

There will be a $1,000 cash prize for the best essay. The essay will be featured on the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery website.

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Curatorial Lecture
Robert Linsley

A Failed Regionalism

This talk is a draft toward the conclusion of Linsley’s book length history of art in British Columbia. He will discuss the dialectics of regionalism in contemporary art and the failure of regional discourse in Vancouver. Linsley suggests a new critical perspective on contemporary art to explain how a valid regionalism could exist. A number of well-known contemporary Vancouver artists will be discussed and in this lecture Linsley will propose a new way to evaluate their works.

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Gallery Talk
Naasḳuu-isaḳs, Shaunee Casavant

Naasḳuu-isaḳs, Shaunee Casavant is a Chief Councillor of the Hupacasath First Nation. Join us at the Belkin for a talk about the many roles of her thliitsapilthim in domestic and ceremonial life. In conjunction with the UBC Global Encounters Initiative…

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Curatorial Lecture
Nicolaus Schafhausen

Curating in Front of a Local Backdrop

Presented at the Candahar Bar, a project by Presentation House Gallery
on Granville Island at the PTC Studio, 3rd Floor 1398 Cartwright Street

Curating in Front of a Local Backdrop a talk by Nicolaus Schafhausen, will be presented as part of the Curatorial Lecture Series. Nicolaus Schafhausen is Artistic and Managing Director of Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Talking about Thliitsapilthim
Nuuchaanulth Ceremonial Curtains

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A symposium on January 15-16, 2010 to mark the opening of Backstory: Nuuchaanulth Ceremonial Curtains and the Work of ̣Ḳi-̣ḳe-in at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia

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Curatorial Lecture
Shaheen Merali

Fear in the Transnational Community:
A Response by Artists and Curators

Michael Ames Theatre, Museum of Anthropology
6393 N.W. Marine Drive, UBC

Fear in the Transnational Community: A Response by Artists and Curators will examine issues and commentators who use language specific to the arts to comment on and demonstrate a major shift in perspectives taking place in the new millennium.

The talk will be concluded by an examination of Merali’s recent exhibition at the Kunsthalle Brot, Vienna, The Promise of Loss, An Index of Contemporary Iran.

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