February 25, 2015

Michael Snow:the ninth annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art

University of Guelph
Michael Snow with Seated Sculpture (1982, AGO Collection), 2012. Photo: Craig Boyko.

Michael Snow is a national cultural treasure. No other living Canadian artist has made as profound a contribution to international visual culture and Canadian artistic identity. Since the fifties, he has worked with objects, images and sound separately and together. His discussion at the Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art will focus on their identities.

Snow is a cultural polymath: his internationally recognized proficiencies include music, film, painting, sculpture and public art. Remarkably, he has made pioneering contributions in all these fields. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Anthology Film Archives, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Royal Belgian Film Archives in Brussels, to name just a few. Retrospectives of his work have been held at the world’s foremost museums in Tokyo, Paris, Lyon, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Brussels, Geneva, and Philadelphia. He has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Bonn, Boston, Brussels, Kassel, Lima, Los Angeles, Lucerne, Lyons, Minneapolis, Montreux, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Rotterdam, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Michael Snow is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier d’ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Sorbonne, alongside honorary degrees from Emily Carr University, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, Brock University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer period moderated by Robert Enright, University of Guelph Research Professor in Art Criticism.

The annual Shenkman Lecture was established in 2007 and is made possible through the support of Dasha Shenkman, (OBE), a Canadian art collector and philanthropist who lives in the United Kingdom.


MFA open studios
March 25, 3–5pm and 7:30–9pm
Please also plan to join us for the MFA open studios before and after the lecture.

Blackwood Hall, Firehall, and Alexander Hall
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario

The MFA students in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph are pleased to welcome the public to their annual open studios, offering a rare inside look at the development of new work within the hothouse environment of an art program and a chance to chat with artists about their work in progress.

Open studios 2014 features work by graduate candidates: Simon M. Benedict, Patrick Cruz, Brandan Doty, Erika Dueck, Paul MacIntyre, John Haney, Maegan Harbridge, MinWoo Lee, Maegan Mehler, Janine Miedzik, Jasmine Reimer, and Ambera Wellmann.

We will also showcase work by our fourth-year Specialized Studio undergraduates: Chelsea Brant, Tori Berends, Emma Carney, Maya Ben David, Jess Eisner, Dylan Evans, Angela Ferguson, Allison Henry, Katie Holmes, Megan Keogh, Rachel Lauzon, Tessa McDougall, Melina Panara, Katie Schulz, and Allannah Vokes, in addition to the Senior Drawing class.

Press contacts
Sandra Sabatini, PhD: [email protected] / T +519 824 4120 x53869
Jasmine Reimer, Graduate Student Coordinator: [email protected]
Sandra Rechico, Faculty Coordinator: [email protected]  / T +519 824 4120 x52324

A free bus will leave Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West) in Toronto at 2pm and leave Guelph to return to Toronto at 8:30pm. Email [email protected] to reserve a spot.

A free shuttle service between open studios buildings is available between 3pm and 5pm, and again between 7:30pm and 9pm. Volunteers will be available to provide directions and assistance. For more information on both events, visit our website.


Michael Snow lectures at the University of Guelph

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