This chance to view recent additions to the Belkin Art Gallery Collection has been thematically organized into the following three exhibitions:
Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign, 1974
In 1974, Vincent Trasov and John Mitchell entered Mr. Peanut, Trasov’s art persona, in the campaign for Mayor of Vancouver. As an intervention of art and its functions into a real socio-political landscape, the Mr. Peanut Mayoralty Campaign is a landmark work of Canadian conceptual performance art. The Belkin Art Gallery has recently purchased the Mr. Peanut costume and an edition of 18 mixed media objects from the campaign. Included in the exhibition are works and documents from the Morris/Trasov Archive. The exhibition is being prepared to travel in 2002.
In the Spirit of Fluxus
The Fluxus Movement began in the 1950s as a self-proclaimed “last avant-garde.” The movement is now being re-evaluated as the radical “other” of the embrace of commodity fetishism and celebrity offered by Pop Art in the 1960s. The Belkin Gallery has recently acquired works by Alison Knowles and Carolee Schneemann. These will be shown with a video document on Knowles which has been produced by the Belkin Art Gallery and the Western Front. In addition, we will include works in the collection by Robert Filliou, Ray Johnson, Walter Marchetti, Ben Vautier, and Emmett Williams.
Henri Chopin and Brion Gysin
This exhibition provides a glimpse into the development of Concrete Poetry through the print works and archival materials in the Collection of the Belkin Art Gallery. Chopin, a Frenchman, and Gysin, an American, lived and worked between Paris and London in the 1950s and 1960s. Through their literary and plastic experiments, such as contributions to the French publication ReviewOU, a key platform for Concrete Poetry, both artists were integral to this early form of multi-media communication.
Robert Cumming, Mr. Peanut at City Hall.
Detail of cover illustration for The Rise and Fall of the Peanut Party.
Brion Gysin, Untitled, 1959. Ink wash on paper and matboard, 34.5 x 26.2 cm.