Image: Council of Canadians, "CAPP pollutes Snow,” Snowperson protesting Canadian Association Petroleum Producers (CAPP) sponsoring the Museum of Civilization's snow exhibit, 6 December 2013 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Talk: Dr. Kirsty Robertson

When the Land Comes First: Oil, Museums, and (Missing) Protest.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 5:30 PM | FREE
Audain Gallery, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

This talk, which draws from Dr. Robertson’s newly released book Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums, considers demonstrations and performative activist responses to sponsorships from fossil fuel companies at museums and other cultural institutions—and the surprising lack thereof in the Canadian context.


Dr. Kirsty Robertson is associate professor of museum studies and contemporary art at Western University in London, Ontario. She has authored and co-edited a number of books, including Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums (McGill-Queen’s UP 2019) and Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture and Activism in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier UP 2011).

Co-presented by the SCA's Art, Performance and Cinema Studies area, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, and SFU Galleries, with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

November 26, 2019