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  1. Image courtesy of Rachel Iwaasa.

  2. (left to right) William Lundell, Alice Toklas, Gertrude Stein. Image courtesy of the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

  3. Image courtesy of Maraya.

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Roundtable Discussions

Public Events

PAST - May 1, 3 and 10, 2013

This May, the Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to be participating in the 2013 PWIAS International Roundtable Discussions through A Biocultural Hinge: Theorizing Affect and Emotion Across Disciplines and Speculative Cities. As part of these workshops, the following public events are being presented:

Concert by Rachel Iwaasa
Wednesday, May 1 at 8 pm
Gessler Hall, Music Building, 6361 Memorial Road, University of British Columbia
Rachel Iwaasa, a pianist known for bold and innovative concerts, will present an evening of Mozart and Beethoven, together with De Profundis, a piano and spoken word piece by American composer Frederic Rzewski.

Radio Free Stein
Friday, May 3 at 8 pm
Western Front Artist Run Centre, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Composer Dorothy Chang and director Adam Henderson create a re-imagining of Gertrude Stein’s For the Country Entirely. A Play in Letters, part of Stein’s experimental stream-of-consciousness writing series Word Portraits. The production features actors Kurt Evans, Lucia Frangione, Cara McDowell, and Alan Marriott, and musicians Mark Ferris and Domagov Ivanovic on violin, Marcus Takizawa on viola, and Rebecca Wenham on cello. This is the pilot episode of Adam Frank’s Radio Free Stein, a large-scale serial sound project that aims to render a number of Stein’s eighty plays into recorded dramatic and musical form.

Lecture with Charles Renfro, Unscripted
Friday, May 10 at 6:30 pm
Room 301 Lecture Theatre, South Building
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Architect Charles Renfro, a partner of the New York based architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, will speak about the importance of the arts within considerations of city building and design, and urban planning. DS+R are celebrated for the work they have done in the cultural sector by integrating architecture, visual art, and the performing arts to produce landmark buildings such as Wooster Group Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Clyfford Still Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Munch and Stenersen Museum, and Julliard School. The lecture is presented in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

A Biocultural Hinge: Theorizing Affect and Emotion Across Disciplines, organized by Adam Frank, UBC Department of English, and Shelly Rosenblum, UBC Belkin Art Gallery, explores questions surrounding the recent interest in the emotions, which has been evident across a wide range of disciplines such as philosophy, literary criticism, sociology, geography, history, anthropology, academic and clinical psychology, the neurosciences, and the visual and performing arts. For a full description of the project, click here.

Speculative Cities, a collaborative project between the Belkin Art Gallery and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, is designed to foster an international dialogue on the contemporary city, focusing on port cities and cities that have reinvented themselves in the past forty years, by bringing together architects, urban planners, artists, curators and scholars from Dubai and Panama City. For a full description of the project, click here.

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