Panel: Dana Claxton: Monika Kin Gagnon, Richard William Hill, Tania Willard and moderated by Catherine M. Soussloff
Saturday, February 27 2016, 1-3pm
This panel is presented in response to Dana Claxton's exhibition Made To Be Ready.
Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She has published widely on cultural politics, the visual and media arts since the 1980s, including Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000) and 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (Éditions Artexte, 2002) with Richard Fung. She recently published "Communicating the Intermedia Archive," on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's unfinished film, White Dust from Mongolia, in Database | Narrative | Archive (2013), a Scalar book co-edited with Matt Soar; and co-edited Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 with Janine Marchessault (McGill-Queen's UP, 2014).
Richard William Hill is a curator, critic and art historian. He is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His research focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on historical and contemporary art created by Indigenous North American artists. Hill taught full-time in the Art History program at York University, from 2007 to 2015. As a curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, he oversaw the museum's first substantial effort to include Indigenous North American art and ideas in permanent collection galleries. Hill's essays on art have appeared internationally in numerous books, exhibition catalogues and periodicals.
Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, works with the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as they relate to cultural arts and production. Often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard's curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition, first presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011. Her upcoming project, co-curated with Karen Duffek will be a solo exhibition, Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at the Museum of Anthropology in 2016. Willard's personal curatorial projects include BUSH gallery, a conceptual space for land based art and action led by Indigenous artists.
Catherine M. Soussloff is Professor of Art History, Visual Art & Theory and Associate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is known for her comparative and historical approaches to the central theoretical concerns of European and North American art and aesthetics, including photography and film, from the Renaissance to the present. Dr. Soussloff has received major awards and fellowships from the Getty Research Institute and Institute for the Humanities at New York University, among others. Recently appointed as a Visiting Lecturer by the Collège de France, she lectured on the topic of her forthcoming book: Michel Foucault and the Pleasure of Painting.
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