Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else
Friday, April 10, 7pm
In conjunction with the Canadian Art Foundation Vancouver Gallery Hop, the CAG is hosting a talk by Canadian Art associate editor David Balzer based on his latest book Curationism: How
Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else. In his incisive and original study, Balzer travels through art history and around the globe to explore the cult of curation — where it began, how it came to dominate museums and galleries, and how it was co-opted at the turn of the millennium as the dominant mode of organizing. At the centre of the book is a paradox: curation is institutionalized and expertise-driven like never before, yet the first independent curators were not formally trained, and any act of choosing has become ‘curating’. Is the professional curator an oxymoron? Has curation reached a sort of endgame, where its widespread fetishization has led to its own demise?
David Balzer is a Toronto-based critic, editor and teacher. He has written for The Globe and Mail, Modern Painters, Camera Austria, artforum.com, The Believer and others, and is the author of two books, the short-fiction collection Contrivances (Joyland/ECW Press) and the non-fiction study Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else (Coach House Press/Pluto Press).MORE
Gallery Hop Vancouver: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Art. Talks. Tours.
Join us for a day of art, talks and tours at the Canadian Art Foundation’s Gallery Hop Vancouver.
Panel Discussion: Making Opportunity
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street
With important cultural infrastructure projects underway, or recently completed, it is time to take a look at what kinds of new opportunities these projects will bring to the Vancouver art scene. Join Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes as he kicks off the Gallery Hop with a panel that looks into the future that Vancouver is building for itself.
Talks and Tours
Various locations in Vancouver
Enjoy guided tours of many galleries and institutions in Vancouver. At each stop, an art expert will share a talk on the exhibition on view.
Equinox Gallery, 525 Great Northern Way
Finish your Gallery Hop at the Canadian Art wrap party, being held at Equinox Gallery. Martin Elder’s “Perceptual Renderings” and a group show called “Pictured Windows” will be on view. Richard Rhodes, editor of Canadian Art, and David Balzer, associate editor and author of Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, will introduce the Spring 2015 issue of the magazine, and subscriptions will be available at a special Hop rate.
SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons
In the spirit of social gatherings that provide forums for discussion, SFU Philosophers’ Café will run two art salons in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery. Each café will start with a guided tour of current exhibitions with Director Nigel Prince, followed by a discussion with Shaun Dacey, Curator, Learning and Public Programs and special guests.
Salon on the exhibition Medium-based Time by Jeremy Shaw
Saturday, April 11, 3pm