05.04.19-16.06.19 | Deanna Bowen | A Harlem Nocturne @ the CAG
Deanna Bowen is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice examines race, migration, historical writing and authorship. Bowen makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures in order to define the Black body and trace its presence and movement in place and time. In recent years, Bowen’s work has involved rigorous examination of her family lineage and their connections to the Black Prairie pioneers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Creek Negroes and All-Black towns of Oklahoma, the extended Kentucky/Kansas Exoduster migrations and the Ku Klux Klan.
Mining overlooked archives and forgotten documents, Bowen makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures to bring traces of a complex, deeply personal and often violent past into public visibility in her exhibition A Harlem Nocturne at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. Across the hall in CAG’s larger gallery, a second major suite of works presents a terrain of research that Bowen undertook in Vancouver in 2017–18, recovered from civic documents, newspaper clippings and numerous personal and organizational archives. This material traces a series of interconnected figures who formed an integral part of Vancouver’s Black entertainment community from the 1940s through the end of the 1970s.
Archives enthusiasts, get down there!!
More information about the exhibition here
05.03.19 | Rebecca Belmore | www.rebeccabelmore.com
grunt gallery re-launched rebeccabelmore.com, a website documenting Rebecca Belmore’s career over the past 32 years. The new site features content that spans Belmore’s career in all media, taking the user deep into the heart of her practice.
The launch was accompanied by a screening of Belmore's work March 5, 1819 (2008), which recreates the abduction of the Beothuk woman Demasaduit and the murder of her husband Nonosabasut by colonialist settlers in Newfoundland.
Link here for more info about the event.
March 2019 | Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Events in Vancouver
Art+Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of cis and transgender women, non-binary folks, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. From coffee shops and community centers to the largest museums and universities in the world, Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia.
Many of our Recollective partners will be hosting Wikipedia Edit-a-thon events this year. Click on their events below for more details:
Fri. March 8, 12-4pm - Emily Carr University Library
Sat. March 9, 12-5pm - Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery Library
Sat. March 9, 12-5pm Western Front
Sat. March 16, 12-4pm - Rungh at Surrey Art Gallery
29.11.18 | The future is trans: As Transgender Awareness Month comes to an end, what are our next steps?
For Transgender Awareness Month, artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware from grunt gallery's Recollective 2018 speaks with trans and gender non-conforming artists about their experiences and thoughts around educating and advocating for trans people.
17.11.18 | Hazel Meyer & Cait McKinney Performing Tape Condition: degraded
Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave
Meyer and McKinney’s lecture performance Tape Condition: degraded investigates the community-based work of collecting, preserving, and providing ethical forms of digital access to archives of queer porn. Their presentation revolves around Slumberparty (1984), a DIY 8mm porn made by a group of Toronto-based lesbians in response to censorship, which was screened publicly only twice and then lost until 2016. The pair discuss the practical and ethical labour behind figuring out how to archive and screen this forgotten reel.
More information here
14.11.18 | The Sculpture Fund: Presentation and Reception
Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, 221 E Georgia St
Join 221A for a presentation and reception for Fellow Amy Nugent’s project, The Sculpture Fund. The evening will unfurl a narrative account of Nugent’s extensive inquiry into the estate of sculptors Frances Loring (1887–1968) and Florence Wyle (1881–1968) whose last will and testament called for the creation of The Sculpture Fund: an art acquisition fund for galleries and museums.
The Sculpture Fund is a research collection created by 221A Research Fellow Amy Nugent. Over the past five years, Amy’s research has focused on the history and restitution of sculptors Frances Loring (1887-1968) and Florence Wyle (1881-1968), the current state of Canadian art collections, and the limited acquisition funds to support them. The Sculpture Fund collection at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library activates Frances and Florence memoirs and archives as well as houses books on the history of sculpture and societies in Canada, catalogs on women and non-binary sculptors, acquisitions, art market and art funding.
More information here
13.11.18 | Jaqueline Hoàng Nguyễn: The Making of an Archive Exhibition and Seminar in Sweden
Södertälje Science Park, Kvarnbergagatan 12
November 13 - December 10, 2018
produced by Grafikens Hus with support from Södertälje Municipality and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee
Friend of Recollective Jacquline Hoàng Nguyễn opens her exhibition The Making of an Archive in Sweden!
It’s time to summarize the first Swedish chapter. Local images have been scanned and stories have been collected that represent everyday life and, not least, the social commitment of people living in Södertälje with migration background. The artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn has done an artistic processing of the collected photo archive. She also exhibits a new work where pictures from her own family album are printed with colored sand.
The Making of an Archive is an initiative by artist Jacqueline Hoáng Nguyễn that, by raising marginalized voices and stories, examines the frameworks for how society writes, archives and recalls our shared history. What do we choose to archive, and thus goes on to become history? Making an Archive seeks to collect documentation of the daily lives of Swedish immigrants in order to investigate official and unofficial records and representations of multiculturalism in Sweden.
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12.11.18 | Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections
University of Saskatchewan Librarian and dear friend of Archives Week Shannon Lucky will be presenting on a panel at the ASIS&T (Association for Information Science & Technology) 2018 Conference on Monday November 12th from 8:30 - 10am. Shannon's research on artist-run centre archives and work with PAVED Arts have informed and enriched our past programming and we are excited for her timely return to Vancouver.
More information here
02.11.18 | Fugitives in the Archive
Royal BC Museum Pocket Gallery
675 Belleville St, Victoria
Dr. Kate Hennessy (SFU SIAT) and Dr. Trudi Lynn Smith (UVic School of Environmental Studies) open their exhibition Fugitives in the Archive at the Royal BC Museum on Friday November 2, running through January 2019.
An extension of a the project that Hennessy and and Smith presented on for Vancouver Independent Archives 2017, Fugitives in the Archive explores the idiosyncratic presence and behaviour of objects encountered by the two artist-anthropologists while conducting research at the BC Archives.
More information here
12.10.18 | Renacting Histories - Docufiction and the Work of Sara Diamond and the Women's Labour History Project
VIVO Media Arts Centre, 2625 Kaslo St
This event is a fundraiser in support of the Sara Diamond Archive at VIVO's Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive.
In the 1980s and 1990s performance, re-enactment, the melange of fiction and documentary, and "bad acting" were tactics used by video artists to unsettle notions of documentary realism, provide alternate readings of histories, elicit or manifest subjective interpretations of events, or provide a feminist sense of time.
The work of Sara Diamond and the early work of the Women's Labour History Project used these tactics, which were drawn from film theory, feminist criticism and documentary practice. Sara Diamond will discuss these roots and draw from her works of personal documentary/autobiographical narratives and early docu-fiction.
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05.10.18 | Recollective in Discorder Magazine
Recollective organizers Emma Metcalfe Hurst and Dan Pon sat down with Jamie Loh of CiTR 101.9 FM's Discorder Magazine to talk archives, activation, and the power of speculative future pasts for a feature in their November issue.
Check it out here (p.8)