The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Gareth James - Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner
November 20, 2015
Selections from the noted collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner
Co-organized by the Whitney and the Centre Pompidou and composed of selections from the noted collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, this exhibition celebrates American and international work from the 1960s to the present day. Featuring renowned pieces by, among many others, Diane Arbus, Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, and Christopher Wool, the exhibition will also include recent work by artists such as Liz Deschenes, Sam Lewitt, Laura Owens, Frances Stark, and Bernadette Corporation. Of the 800 works included in the gift from Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, 500 will enter the Whitney’s permanent collection, and approximately 300 will become part of the collection of the Centre Pompidou.
Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner is organized by Elisabeth Sussman, curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Christine Macel, chief curator and head of the department of
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Yours, Mine, Ours: The AMS Permanent Collection
November 26, 2015
This exciting exhibition is a joint effort between AHVA and the AMS.
You are warmly invited to our next exhibition at the AHVA Gallery showcasing the AMS Permanent Collection. This exciting exhibition is a joint effort between AHVA and the AMS and will open at the AHVA Gallery for regular hours at the end of this week and will run until January 23, 2016. The Hatch Gallery will open its portion of the exhibition a little later, on January 5th, 2016. The reception for the exhibition is planned for early in the new year on Wednesday, January 13 from 5 to 7 PM as detailed below.
AHVA Gallery: November 26, 2015 - January 23, 2016
Hatch Art Gallery: January 5 – February 5, 2016
Reception: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 5 – 7 PM
In celebration of The University of British Columbia’s 100th year the AMS Hatch Art Gallery will be exhibiting Yours, Mine, Ours - an exhibition of the AMS Permanent Collection in joint effort with the Department of Art History, Visual Art
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About the Department
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.
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
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
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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