Evan Lee, Stain 11 (detail), 2003 (series), C-print. SFU Art Collection. Gift of the artist, 2008.

Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collection

I must ask you to join me in the disorder of crates that have been wrenched open... to join me among piles of volumes that are seeing daylight again... so that you may be ready to share with me a bit of the mood - it is certainly not an elegiac mood but, rather, one of anticipation.

- Walter Benjamin "Illuminations"

 

What does it mean to have a public art collection? What purpose does it serve? A public art collection brings together objects that pertain to varied histories, cultures and time periods into one space. The SFU Art Collection has over 5,500 artworks with approximately 1,000 works on public display around SFU's campuses, while the remainder are housed within the art storage vault. The collection is largely regional and Canadian from the 20th century with works ranging from Emily Carr and Bill Reid to Carl Beam and Greg Curnoe. The practice of collecting art in this context is a public endeavour, one that has the ability to provide a framework for diverse discussions to emerge.

Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collection had its inaugural session January 2017 and has since touched on various themes brought forward by members of the SFU community to "unpack" the context and the questions raised by works of art in the collection. 

Each artwork brought forward during these talks will be expanded on given the speaker's background, developing conversations that are contingent on their research and curiosities.

This series encourages participation from audiences that are new to visual art and to the SFU Art Collection.

Unpacking Art is free and open to everyone. No advance preparation or registration is necessary. Bring your lunch.

Upcoming Talks

Steve Dodge on Evan Lee's Stain, 2003 (series)
Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 12:30PM  
SFU Gallery, Burnaby

Dara Culhane on Marianne Nicolson, Oh, How I Long for Home (2017)
Professor of Anthropology, Chair of the SA Graduate Program
Wednesday, February 21, 12:30pm 
SFU Gallery, Burnaby

Past Talks

Lief Hall on Althea Thauberger's Ecce Homo, 2011

Ivana Filipovich on Robert Rauschenberg, Booster Study, 1967

Sylvia Roberts on Reece Terris Ought Apartment, 2009

William G. Lindsay on Charles Comfort's British Columbia Pageant (1951) and John Innes' Six Paintings


Adriana Contreras Correal on Nora Patrich and Juan M. Sanchez

Bryan Myles on Bill Reid, Bear Mother, Dogfish Woman, 1991

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