Panel Discussion: Bob Nickas, Alan Belcher and Jennifer Bolande, moderated by Gil Blank

Part of the Belkin Art Gallery’s ongoing series of lectures on contemporary curatorial practice.

In collaboration with Presentation House Gallery (North Vancouver), the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, the Museum of Anthropology, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, and the Faculty of Arts, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to announce a panel discussion with curator Bob Nickas and artists Alan Belcher and Jennifer Bolande. Moderated by artist Gil Blank, the panel discussion is a part of the Belkin Art Gallery’s ongoing series of lectures on contemporary curatorial practice and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition phot(o)bjects at Presentation House Gallery (April 10 to June 7, 2009).

Beyond a carrier of an uninterrupted image, what else can a photograph be? This question is at the centre of an exhibition curated for Presentation House Gallery by New York-based independent critic and curator Bob Nickas. phot(o)bjects explores the multifaceted ways artists have and continue to consider the three dimensional possibilities of the photographic medium. Through a broad selection of works dating from the early 1970s, Nickas raises provocative questions about the shifting nature of photography. The panel discussion will bring together three of the exhibiting artists with the show’s curator.

Based in Toronto, interdisciplinary artist Alan Belcher’s work has been shown widely, both nationally and internationally, at venues such as the The Power Plant (Toronto), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Fotomuseum Winterthur (Zurich), The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, CT), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the New Museum (New York), Urbi and Orbi (Paris), 20th San Paulo Bienal Internacionale, Galerie Hans Mayer (Düsseldorf), Documenta 8 (Kassel), and the Hamburg Kunstverein (Hamburg). Belcher was co-founder and co-director of Gallery Nature Morte (New York, 1982-1988).

Gil Blank is a photographer and writer. Most recently, his photographs have been exhibited at PS1 (New York), Paula Cooper Gallery (New York), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), LaMontagne Gallery (Boston), and CB Gallery (Tokyo). He is a contributing editor of Art On Paper magazine, and was founding editor of Influence magazine. He is currently at work on the catalog for John Baldessari’s Raised Eyebrows and Furrowed Foreheads, to be published this spring by Marian Goodman Gallery (New York), and a collaboration with Collier Schorr for In Numbers: Serial Artist Editions, 1955 – 2008 (PPP Editions, Autum 2009).

Jennifer Bolande is a professor of new genres in the Department of Art at The University of California at Los Angeles. Exhibiting prolifically, Bolande’s work has been shown at institutions such as Galerie Sophia Ungers (Cologne), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Eighth Biennale of Sydney (Australia), Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), and Lowen-Palais (Berlin). Bolande has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Tesuque Foundation, and The Canadian Council for the Arts.

Bob Nickas has curated a number of groundbreaking exhibitions, including Pictures of the Real World (in Real Time) (Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, and Le Consortium, Dijon, 1994), Lee Lozano, Drawn From Life: 1961-1971 and Music is a Better Noise (PS1, New York, 2004 and 2006). He was Editor of index magazine between 1996-2000 and Curatorial Advisor at PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York) between 2004-07. Author of numerous critical texts and reviews, Nickas has recently completed a major monograph on contemporary abstract painting (forthcoming: Phaidon Press, 2009).

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