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Curatorial Lecture

Jan Verwoert

PAST - Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 6:30 pm

Room 102 Lasserre Building, 6333 Memorial Road, UBC

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The University of British Columbia’s Critical and Curatorial Studies Program and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery present a talk by Jan Verwoert, Just how green, wet, close or far away? as part of the Curatorial Lecture Series:

Artistic research? What research? The history of artistic inquiry goes back to the days of alchemy. Did we ever stop trying to turn crap into gold? If not, what concepts are around to again understand art as dedicated to elementary transformations and the discovery of very particular states and qualities?

Jan Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor of frieze magazine and his writing has appeared in journals, anthologies and monographs. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, the de Appel Curatorial Programme and the H’Midrasha School of Art, Tel Aviv. Verwoert is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous (MIT Press/Afterall Books, 2006) and the essay collection Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want (Sternberg Press/Piet Zwart Institute, 2010). In the summer of 2009, Verwoert led the Why Are Conceptual Artists Painting Again? Because They Think it is a Good Idea residency at The Banff Centre.

The Curatorial Lecture Series presents lectures on contemporary curatorial practice. It is organized by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery in collaboration with the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory with the support of the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies and the Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689