November 7, 2014

Fall 2014 academic programs

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at University of British Columbia
Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei. Williamsburg, Brooklyn,
1983/2011. Inkjet on paper, 50.8 x 61.0 cm.
Courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography
Art Center, and Chambers Fine Art.

Belkin 101/”Topics in Photography”
Everyone is welcome to join us at the gallery on Wednesdays from noon to 1pm beginning September 24 for a reading group focusing on seminal theoretical texts devoted to Topics in Photography. Led by Shelly Rosenblum, Curator of Academic Programs at the Belkin, the readings will offer a way of understanding the current exhibition, Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993.

Conversations series
Join leading UBC scholars, artists, curators and critics in a series of midday conversations. We invite two prominent, disciplinarily distinct voices into the gallery to discuss productive intersections of their own work and the current exhibition, followed by a discussion that includes the audience. In this series, guests will address Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993, a presentation of 227 black-and-white photographs taken by the artist during the decade that he resided in New York City, his first time away from China.
– “Migration Narratives,” Thursday, October 16, 1–2pm
Chris Lee, Director, Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program and Associate Professor, Department of English
Gu Xiong, professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
– “Street Scenes/Senses,” Thursday, November 13, 1–2pm
Carla Nappi, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor, Department of History
Timothy Taylor, assistant professor, Creative Writing Program

Film screening and discussion
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Wednesday, Novermber 12, 7pm

The Cinémathèque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
In conjunction with the The Cinémathèque, we are pleased to present Alison Klayman’s award-winning documentary film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which examines the complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of the artist. Please join us immediately before the film for an introduction by Carol Lu, artistic director and chief curator of OCAT Shenzhen.

Panel discussion on the Umbrella Revolution
Tuesday, November 18, 2–3:30pm 
Please join us in conversation with UBC professors Hedy Law (School of Music), Michelle LeBaron (Faculty of Law) and Henry Yu (Department of History) to better understand recent protests in the streets of Hong Kong. What contexts inform this pro-democracy activism? How might we make sense of our relationship to the demonstrations and its resonance here on campus and in Vancouver?

Concert by UBC Contemporary Players
Friday, November 21, 2pm

Once again, we are pleased to welcome the UBC Contemporary Players to the Belkin Art Gallery for a concert inspired by Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993. Led by Directors Corey Hamm and Paolo Bortolussi, this graduate and undergraduate student ensemble from the UBC School of Music will animate the gallery for an afternoon program celebrating themes from the exhibition.


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Fall 2014 academic programs at Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

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