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  1. Michael de Courcy, Photograph of Helen Goodwin, 1968. Courtesy of the artist.

  2. Kate Craig, Flying Leopard (film still), 1972/2015. Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, gift of Hank Bull.

Beginning with the Seventies

Radial Change

June 22-August 12, 2018

Special Solstice Opening: Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 9 pm

Drawn from the title of a dance work by Helen Goodwin, the exhibition Radial Change addresses bodies: what they can do and what they can signify. Through film and photography, Evann Siebens and Michael de Courcy explore the specific histories of Goodwin’s choreography and her influence on the interdisciplinary art scene of the 1970s. Film, video and photography expose the action of bodies and their social meaning in different ways at different moments in time. Including works from the Belkin’s collection that perform alter-egos and overturn gender constructs, bodily identities are explored as mutable, malleable and caught in motion.

Beginning with the Seventies: Radial Change is curated by Lorna Brown and is the second of four exhibitions based upon the Belkin Art Gallery’s research project investigating the 1970s, an era when social movements of all kinds – feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ rights, access to health services and housing – began to coalesce into models of self-organization that overlapped with the production of art and culture. Noting the resurgence of art practice involved with social activism and an increasing interest in the 1970s from younger producers, the Belkin has connected with diverse archives and activist networks to bring forward these histories, to commission new works of art and writing and to provide a space for discussion and debate.

The Beginning with the Seventies project is made possible with the generous support of the Vancouver Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, our Belkin Curator’s Forum members and the Department of Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works Program.

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