FACES: Works from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition runs from February 4 to April 10, 2011.

Faces is an exhibition that features work from the collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. The exhibition explores the diverse ways “faces” are represented, looking specifically at how notions of gender, race, class, and historical contexts affect our understanding of them—aiming to reveal, in the process, that this uniquely human trait is anything but neutral.

Faces presents over 90 paintings, photographs, sculpture and video from the collection and archives of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. In addition, photographs have been borrowed from the Museum of Anthropology (UBC), the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau), and the American Museum of Natural History Library (New York).

This exhibition includes work by: Jerry Allen, bill bissett, Claude Breeze, Dana Claxton, Kate Craig, Lawren Harris, Ray Johnson, Ken Lum, Myfanwy MacLeod, Liz Magor, Al Neil, and Andy Warhol, among others; and photographs by Charles Edenshaw, Dan Jorgensen, Fred Rychman, Harlan Ingersoll Smith, and others from museum archival collections.

Works in this exhibition will be presented at two additional locations. At Walter C. Koerner Library, UBC a collection of portraits represents some of the men and women who have been part of the history of The University of British Columbia between 1913 and 1966.  Many of the artists who created these images are major figures in the history of Canadian art such as Peter Aspell, Robert Harris, Lilias Torrance Newton, and Charles Stegeman.

At the Satellite Gallery at 560 Seymour Street in downtown Vancouver, we are pleased to present Rebecca Belmore’s The Named and the Unnamed (2002) from February 4 to April 10, 2011. This powerful installation confronts the viewer with images of loss, struggle, and silence. It incorporates a video of Vigil that Belmore performed at the corner of Gore and Cordova Streets on June 23, 2002. The Named and the Unnamed is in polemical commemoration of the women who have gone missing in the downtown east side of Vancouver. It is a reflection on the larger implications of this local event.

We thank Walter C. Koerner Library and the Satellite Gallery for participating in this project.

Faces is co-curated by Kate Barbaria, Adriana Estrada, Jonah Gray, Mohammad Salemy, and Scott Watson. A catalogue with essays and illustrations accompanies the exhibition.

We thank Jerry Allen, Rebecca Belmore, Neil Campbell, and Dana Claxton for lending works of art and our donors who have generously gifted works to the permanent collection. We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts and our Belkin Curator’s Forum members.

Works of art in this exhibition will also be presented at:
Walter C. Koerner Library
1958 Main Mall, UBC
January 14 – April 30, 2011

Satellite Gallery
560 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver
February 4 – April 10, 2011