Tuesday, June 29, 7 pm
$15 / $10 AGA Members
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Panelists: Candice Hopkins, Andrew Hunter, Robert Enright (moderator), Richard Rhodes, Nancy Tousley
Wondering how geography and place affect our sense of identity? Wondering how they emerge within contemporary and historical art? Join top thinkers from across the country in a lively exploration of these topics and more. Then, continue the conversation while partying on the outdoor sculpture terrace!
Candice Hopkins is the Sobey Curatorial Resident, Indigenous Art, at the National Gallery of Canada and is the former director and curator of the Exhibitions Program at the Western Front, Vancouver. She has a MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Bard College, New York, where she was awarded the Ramapo Curatorial Prize for the exhibition Every Stone Tells a Story: The Performance Work of David Hammons and Jimmie Durham (2004). Her writing has been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, New York University, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, and Banff Centre Press, National Museum of the American Indian, Bookworks, London among others. She has lectured at venues including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Dakar Biennale, and the University of British Columbia. Her recent curatorial projects include exhibitions on architecture and disaster, ﬁctional identities, feminism and video, and the revolutionary potential of slowness in relation to new technologies. She is co-editor, with Marisa Jahn and Berin Golonu, of the book Recipes for an Encounter, published by the Western Front.
Andrew Hunter is Director of DodoLab and Adjunct Faculty and Researcher at Waterloo Architecture Cambridge (University of Waterloo). DodoLab is an arts-based creative research program that employs experimental and adaptive processes to spark positive change and resiliency. DodoLab is based in Cambridge, Ontario, and is a program of Musagetes and Waterloo Architecture.
Hunter is also a co-director of Proboscis, an artist-led studio combining artistic practice with commissioning, curatorial projects, design and consultancy to explore social, cultural and creative issues. Collaboration is at the core of their creative practice and ethos: involving innovative collaborations in fields as diverse as medical research, music, community development, housing and urban regeneration, pervasive computing, mapping and sensor technologies. Proboscis is based in London, England.
Hunter continues to also work as an artist, writer, independent curator and educator. He has produced exhibitions, site projects, publications and writings for institutions across Canada in the United States and Europe. He has produced a distinct body of work on Canadian art and culture consistently emphasizing a broader vision embracing social and environmental issues and exploring nationalism, myths and popular culture. Collaboration has been central to Hunter’s practice for many years as his projects regularly include the commissioned and collaborative contributions of other creative practitioners, students and family members.
Robert Enright is a critic, professor and curator who lives in Winnipeg. He is the Senior Contributing Editor to Border Crossings magazine and the University Research Professor in Art Theory and Criticism at the University of Guelph. In Border Crossings he has published over 200 interviews with contemporary Canadian, American and European artists, thirty-two of which were collected in Peregrinations: Conversations with Contemporary Artists, 1997. In the last year he has published interviews in the magazine with Ghada Amer, Janine Antoni, Marcel Barbeau, Marcel Dzama, Will Gorlitz, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, and Lawrence Weiner. He is also the author of the monograph Eric Fischl, 1970 – 2007, the second edition of which was published in 2008, and his book on the Woodward’s redevelopment project in Vancouver, called Body Heat, will be published in June, 2010.
Professor Enright has written over 40 introductions and catalogue essays for exhibitions and is a frequent contributor to the arts section of the Globe & Mail. He has also written for a number of international art magazines, including frieze, Modern Painters, ArtReview and Contemporary.
In 2005 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada; in 2006 he was given the Art Award of Distinction by the National Council of Arts Administrators (an affiliated society of the College Art Association); and in 2007 he was awarded the Gold Medal for his contribution to the arts by the R.C.A. (the Royal Canadian Academy).
Nancy Tousley is a senior arts writer and editor based in Calgary, Alberta. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Tousley moved to Alberta in 1977 from Toronto. She has been the art critic from the Calgary Herald since 1978, and is presently a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine. In 2009, she was awarded the annual RCA Medal from the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts for outstanding contribution to the development of the visual arts in Canada. Tousley is also a two time winner of the INCO Curatorial Writing Award, for Best Curatorial Writing in Contemporary Art, by the Ontario Associations of Art Galleries.
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