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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

INHALE EXILE PT1 (THE BREAK) with Gareth James

May 21, 2016

Ongoing archive on the culture of tobacco, May 21 - July 16, 2016

L’ESCALIER is proud to present Inhale Exile, a curatorial project by the art group Knowles Eddy Knowles. Inhale Exile presents a selection of the artists’ ongoing archive on the culture of tobacco and invites the participation of a number of artists whose work has touched on the motif.

“(...) I think smoke has had its hay day so by by. In the end I don’t think allowing smoking extends creativity and conversation. The late 60s and early 70s were generally easy going - the economy was good, once the Vietnam war ended, even better - people felt free and optimistic and risk taking, playing with context and deconstruction was the order of the day.”
- David Askevold in email correspondence, June 26th, 2006

We first started to formulate a curatorial project around tobacco in 2006. Over the ensuing years, while the idea became the engine for a series of sculptures, performances and texts, the overall curatorial project became one of those  ... (more) »

 

Absence in Remembrance; The Japanese Canadian Internment: Curated by CCST Candidate Kristine Olson

June 16, 2016

Graduating exibition by Critical and Curatorial Studies MA student Kristine Olson

Franc Gallery is pleased to present Absence in Remembrance: The Japanese Canadian Internment, a group exhibition featuring Canadian artists Lillian Michiko Blakey, Leslie Hossack, Emma Nishimura, and Cindy Mochizuki. The exhibition is curated by Kristine Olson, an MA Candidate in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia.

June 17 – July 16, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, June 16, 6-9 PM
Franc Gallery
1654 Franklin Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 12– 6 PM, and by appointment.
The gallery is closed on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. 

Absence in Remembrance centres on the remembrance and commemoration of the experience and legacy of the Japanese Canadian Internment, which began in British Columbia and unfolded across Canada during World War II. At a generational remove from the  ... (more) »

 

About the Department

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Art History and Visual Art were first taught at The University of British Columbia when noted Canadian painter, B.C. Binning, was appointed to the faculty of the newly-formed School of Architecture. The Department of Fine Arts was established as an independent department within the Faculty of Arts in 1958. Since its inception the Department has grown steadily and now includes 23 full-time members of faculty (13 art historians and 10 visual artists). In 2001, the Department changed its name from Fine Arts to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory to better to encapsulate the innovative teaching and interdisciplinary research interests of the faculty.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory comprises three streams of research-based learning and practice: Art History, with a particular focus on theoretical and critical discourses concerning the social impact of art and visual representation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; Critical and Curatorial Studies, examining through research and exhibition projects issues in contemporary visual culture and display; and Visual Art, with an undergraduate curriculum placing art production, academic learning and a graduate emphasis on preparation for participation in the field of contemporary international art.

The Department’s faculty are actively involved in research and bring this strength into their teaching at all levels. Undergraduate and graduate seminars enhance student experience in advanced academic research and practice. As a result many of our graduates have established distinguished careers in the creative, scholarly and gallery fields.

The main goal of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is to foster critical and reflexive thinking within an inclusive and supportive environment. The Department thus maintains the highest standards of intellectual and administrative practice, seeking to be innovative in pedagogy and international in scholarly perspective.

 

Our Galleries

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

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The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has an international reputation for its exhibitions, publications and projects in the area of contemporary art. Its collections and archives are an invaluable resource for scholars.

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The AHVA Gallery

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The mission of the AHVA Gallery is to promote research and discourse in the field of visual art by facilitating collaboration and experimentation within the department, the university, and the community. The gallery is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to students, faculty and the community through exhibitions, public programs, and providing a venue to engage in dialogue.

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AHVA Events

Exhibition/Opening

May 21, 2016

INHALE EXILE PT1 (THE BREAK) with Gareth James
Ongoing archive on the culture of tobacco, May 21 - July 16, 2016  (more) »

 

Exhibition/Opening

June 16, 2016

Absence in Remembrance; The Japanese Canadian Internment: Curated by CCST Candidate Kristine Olson
Graduating exibition by Critical and Curatorial Studies MA student Kristine Olson  (more) »

 

Exhibition/Opening

June 02, 2016

MARINA ROY Your Kingdom to Command
Offsite Opening | Thursday June 2, 2016 | 6-8pm  (more) »

 
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Samuel Sackeroff
MA in Art History degree, 2011

Sam Sackeroff graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History in 2009 and in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Art History. He recently entered Yale University's PhD program in the History of Art, where he is specializing in the Italian Renaissance.  (more) »