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  1. Emily Carr, Wood Interior, 1935-38
    Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape and Joan Balzar:

Two exhibitions from the collection

June 24-August 14, 2016

Opening reception: Thursday, June 23, 6-9 pm

Exhibition and outdoor art tours: Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition with Scott Watson

Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape explores works from the Belkin’s permanent collection through the lens of recent philosophical ideas, questioning and breaking down old borders between the human and the non-human. Artists in the exhibition include Claude Breeze, Genevieve Cadieux, Kenneth Callahan, Emily Carr, Geoffrey Farmer, Russell FitzGerald, Sam Francis, Lawren Harris, Donald Jarvis, Ann Kipling, Glenn Ligon, Attila Richard Lukacs, Ron Martin, Gordon Payne, Margaret Peterson, Jerry Pethick, Marina Roy, Carolee Schneemann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Jack Shadbolt, Corin Sworn, Elizabeth Vander Zaag and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. Joan Balzar includes a selection of works by the artist (1928-2016), a key figure in the development of abstract painting on the West Coast in the 1960s. These works from the Belkin’s collection are displayed in the print gallery and Koerner Library.

In conjunction with the opening reception on Thursday, June 23, the Belkin will launch Classical Toy Boat (1987) by Vancouver artist Glenn Lewis, the most recent outdoor artwork to be installed at UBC. This sculpture was initially located outside of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery on the Toronto waterfront in 1987 as part of the exhibition From Sea to Shining Sea. It was purchased by the Belkin Art Gallery in 2009 for the University Art Collection and restored in anticipation of its new location in the pond behind the Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre, next to the Rose Garden on campus.

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. We gratefully acknowledge the Canada Council Acquisitions Assistance program, the Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation, our Belkin Curator’s Forum members and our individual donors who financially support our acquisitions and donate artworks to the collection.

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