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Beginning with the Seventies
Radial Change

Performance and Discussion Afternoon with Justine Chambers, Peter Dickinson and Evann Siebens: Thursday, July 12, 3-5 pm

How is an archive formed? Memories of performance often exceed the containment of the document, whether photography, film, prop or testimony. As communities disperse and regroup over time, figures may slip away from the centre. Circling around the embodied archive, the exhibition Radial Change is drawn from the title of a dance work by Helen Goodwin. The elusive histories of Goodwin’s choreography and her influence on the interdisciplinary art scene of the 1970s are explored in new installation works by Evann Siebens and by Michael de Courcy. Rhoda Rosenfeld’s photographs of Goodwin’s Environmental Opera document the 1971 beach performance with an immersive, process-based lens. Artworks and objects from the Belkin’s collection and archives track the performance of alter egos and overturn gender constructs, evoke absent bodies and recall remembered gestures. Kate Craig’s film record of the final death-defying flight of Lady Brute and Jin-Me Yoon’s Hey You, Ya You! (Jimmie Yoo) are joined by works by Eleanor Antin, Carole Itter, Walter Marchetti, Rosa Maria Robles, Carolee Schneemann, Atsuko Tanaka, Joyce Wieland and Cornelia Wyngaarden.

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Beginning with the Seventies
Collective Acts

Generating art production, study and exchange between and among multiple generations of artists, Collective Acts presents new work by Dana Claxton, Jeneen Frei Njootli and the ReMatriate Collective, Christine D’Onofrio and Heather Kai Smith. With a focus on labour and the spirit of intergenerational knowledge exchange, workshops and social events will explore self-organization, as they intervene in the site of the Gallery.

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Beginning with the Seventies
Activism, Art & Archives

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of Beginning with the Seventies: Activism, Art & Archives, an ongoing project 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. Many non-profit organizations formed in Vancouver to provide direct assistance, engender and distribute new knowledge, and resist forms of oppression, thereby creating a network that overlapped with the production of art and culture. The history of these organizations and their founders is preserved across archives, collections and networks; these resources vary in terms of public accessibility and are not well known to younger producers. We speculate: what if these archival materials are examined through an interdisciplinary lens that includes art and cultural practices?

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