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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Beside Yourself

October 22, 2014

Exhibition runs October 22 to November 15, 2014. Opening Event - October 29th, 5pm.

Opening Event: October 29, 5 to 7pm

To be beside yourself.  To think of others, besides yourself. To feel outside yourself. We are in interaction with an affective field, the body a surface of intensities, the brain translating these, at times, as emotions or feelings. Artworks have the capacity to move us, and artworks contain much that resists interpretation. The ‘emotional turn’ in art might stem from the realization that the experience of the body means something, especially in its connection to the surrounding world – how relations between things, object, beings, and events, assemblages of materials and entities external to ourselves, have potential for sparking new affective relations. Feeling the body destabilized and decentered can bring one closer to demystifying the ’primacy of the subject,’ a position upon which oppressive, alienating structures continue to capitalize. We have come to realize  ... (more) »

 

Art History and Art Practice in India and their Discontents in Global Times

October 27, 2014

Parul Dave Mukherji, Fellow at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 5pm.

Parul Dave Mukherji is a Professor in the Department of Visual Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Earlier, she taught at the Department of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University in Baroda. From 2002, she became the co-convener of the Forum on Contemporary Theory and co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Thought.

Her current research focuses on Indian art historiography, the politics of visual representation and the question of caste and gender in the study of early treatises of Indian art and aesthetics. It also involves working out a theoretical framework for comparative aesthetics to set up a conversation across disciplinary boundaries of critical theory and traditional theories of visual representation.

Mukherji’s publications include two co-edited books: Towards A New Art History: Studies in Indian Art  (New Delhi, 2003) and Rethinking Modernity (New Delhi,  ... (more) »

 

Indisciplines

October 29, 2014

Wall Wednesdays Afternoon Series. 4pm.

Manuel Piña Baldoquín’s work is concerned with the tensions between power and individual freedom. His presentation will take the form of an artist talk. Starting from earlier work - created in Havana - to his current art projects and pedagogic practice; he will discuss the possibilities and challenges of politically-oriented artistic practices in different contexts and the potential roles of images as a means for social emancipation.

Manuel Piña-Baldoquín is an Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory. His research interests can be summarized in the question “What is an image today?” Current technologies are bringing radical changes in the production, dissemination and perception of images. Vernacular and learned approaches are generating new visual languages, new possibilities for visual inquiries and reflections
on our existence.

This event is FREE and open to  ... (more) »

 

Bauhaus Weaving Theory

November 19, 2014

AHVA Faculty Book Talk. 4pm Peter Wall Institute.

AHVA ARTH faculty member T'ai Smith will discuss and read passages from her new book Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design (University of Minnesota Press, November 2014).

Considering the role of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop in debates about craft and medium, Smith reframes the Bauhaus weaving workshop as central to theoretical inquiry at the school, uncovering new significance in the work the weavers did as writers. Exploring questions of establishing value and legitimacy in the art world along with the limits of modernism, this book confronts the belief that the crafts are manual and technical but never intellectual arts.

www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/bauhaus-weaving-theory

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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 1955. 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

October 22, 2014

Beside Yourself
Exhibition runs October 22 to November 15, 2014. Opening Event - October 29th, 5pm.  (more) »

 

Lecture

October 27, 2014

Art History and Art Practice in India and their Discontents in Global Times
Parul Dave Mukherji, Fellow at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. 5pm.  (more) »

 

Lecture

October 29, 2014

Indisciplines
Wall Wednesdays Afternoon Series. 4pm.   (more) »

 

Lecture

November 19, 2014

Bauhaus Weaving Theory
AHVA Faculty Book Talk. 4pm Peter Wall Institute.  (more) »

 
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AHVA News

September 25, 2014

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AHVA PhD Alumni Patrik Andersson in the News!   (more) »

 

 

Featured Profile


Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
MFA in Visual Art degree, 1998

"We were lucky to have great instructors who really did a lot to prepare us to enter the art world and cultivate a career."  (more) »