38th Annual UBC AHVA Graduate Symposium: Le(s) Temps

Exhibition runs March 13 – April 4, 2015.

Please join the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) at the AHVA Gallery in the Audain Art Centre on Friday, March 13th from 6pm to 8pm for the opening of Le(s) Temps.

Artists: Eric Angus, Willa Downing, Emily Geen, Víctor Ballesteros & Jessica Gnyp, Kevin Murphy, prOphecy sun, Michelle Weinstein.

The question of time and the environment have long been intertwined within the discourse of art history. From the early mastery of nature at the Temple of Petra in Jordan to revivals of Neoplatonic thought within garden settings in Renaissance Italy to the land art movement of the mid-twentieth century in America, weather, environment, and the temporal coexist within a framework which mirrors the dual meaning of the French word “temps.” Temps can mean both weather and time. Today, we face the consequences of accelerating climate shifts and an urgency to respond to ecological matters. The increased awareness of sustainability within the cultural sphere has led to multiple protests and counter-discourses against the current ideologies perpetuated by multinational corporations. The dire need for reform is matched with rapidly disappearing resources: within 100 years, the face of earth will have dramatically changed. The People’s Climate March in September of this year revealed the necessity for action as well as the diverse and global connections created around this topic.

Considering the importance of time and the environment for contemporary and historical art discourse and practice, the 2015 UBC Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) 38th Annual Graduate Symposium seeks to examine the relationship between the cultural sphere, time, and environment.

Exhibition curated by Margaret Stern & Alice Choi

AHVA Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 – 4 pm

The 38th Annual UBC AHVA Graduate Symposium Committee proudly thanks our donors for their generous contributions: Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (UBC), Department of History (UBC), Faculty of Arts HSS Grant (UBC), Faculty of Graduate Studies Dean’s Office (UBC), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology (UBC), Department of Asian Studies (UBC), Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic (UBC).

AHVA Gallery
Room 1001
Audain Art Centre
6398 University Boulevard
604 822 4563
www.gallery.ahva.ubc.ca