University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries
Paradox: Vikky Alexander, Lynda Gammon, Daniel Laskarin, Sandra Meigs, Jennifer Stillwell, Paul Walde, Robert Youds
October 31, 2013 to January 11, 2014
par-a-dox n. 1. A statement that seems to contradict itself but may nonetheless be true.
The notion of paradox provides an apt means of curating seven divergent artists who make up the University of Victoria's Visual Arts department. Despite their widely varying practices, they share fundamental interests in the contradictory nature of our very physical and psychic experiences in, and of, the world around us.
Paradox presents the recent work of the artists teaching in department of Visual Arts of the University of Victoria. The seven faculty members (Daniel Laskarin, Sandra Meigs, Robert Youds, Vikky Alexander, Lynda Gammon, Jennifer Stillwell, and Paul Walde) are mid-career and senior artists with national and international careers. Each artist will be represented by work characteristic of current practice relating to the theme of the paradox implicit in our experience of art.
Paradox aims to bring wider understanding to the particular strengths of this nationally acclaimed academic program, which is rooted in explorations of phenomenology and in the perceptual, conceptual, and interactive contexts of contemporary visual art.
Please note that the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown will be closed for the holidays from December 22 to January 1.
Image: blue chair :: if this, Danial Laskarin 2012
Art of the Book
November 22, 2013 to March 24, 2014
Art of the Book 2013 both embodies and defies the traditional definition of what a book can be. The content ranges from calligraphy to blackout poetry, while the books take on imaginative forms such as luggage-style tags or DNA's double helix. Drawing from ancient techniques, the artists have represented a full history of book making, including the modern e-book. Organized by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, this 30th anniversary juried exhibit features award winning work from some of the best makers in Canada and the United States. A companion exhibit of the 31st annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada is featured in the adjacent McPherson Library Special Collections Reading Room from October 28 – November 29.
Image: Fractured Terrain, Karen Kunc
Honoris Causa: University of Victoria First Nations Artist Honorands
Until February 2014
Twice yearly at convocation the University of Victoria awards honorary degrees to those who have demonstrated distinguished and extraordinary achievements. During its 50-year history UVic has granted honours to seven First Nations artists who have contributed not only to the arts but also to the community at large as leaders, activists, visionaries, role models, and groundbreakers. This exhibition features works from the University of Victoria's art collection and an excerpt from the citation that was read at the occasion of granting the degree.
Image: Kwagiulth Chief and Frog, Henry Hunt, 1980
City Talks Lecture Series
Join scholars for public presentations and discussions of the conflicts, pleasures, and politics of city life. All presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.
January 23, 2014
February 24, 2014
March 10, 2014
Religion and the City: April 10, 2014
The last lecture in the Religion and the City series will take place in April and not in December as originally scheduled.
Religious Diversity and Spatial Justice. Valerie Amiraux, Department of Sociology, University of Montreal. Co-sponsored by the University of Victoria's Committee for Urban Studies and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.
Big Button Blanket Project
January 16 to April 12, 2014
This exhibition features the world's largest button blanket, created by designer and artist consultant Peter Morin with elder button blanket makers in Victoria and students of Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, Williams Legacy Chair in modern and contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest. Created over the fall academic term at UVic's First People House, this project allowed elders to share their knowledge and stories of button blankets with the student participants. The exhibition will also feature historic button blankets, photographs and other related material. The blanket will be danced by performance artists Peter Morin and Rebecca Belmore in January 2014.
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Image: Peter Morin at Buckingham Palace, Performance intervention 2013. Photo by Dylan Robinson
The Karl Spreitz Film Collection at the University of Victoria consists of more than 100 reels of 16mm film in various stages of production. Many of these films were produced by Spreitz in collaboration with other artists and friends such as Colin Browne, Vicky Husband, Anne Mayhew, Michael Morris and Herbert Siebner and are both personal and documentary in nature. Covering a period of more than three decades, the content of the films describe the working process of local artists, historic events, and political and environmental issues. The collection is of tremendous historic value both in terms of film production in British Columbia, subject matter, and as a partial record of Spreitz’s career.
Image: Karl location scouting for BC Film Commission in Stewart, BC.
Museums and other educational institutions are often seen as sites of privileged knowledge production, spaces that have often excluded minority perspectives and realities. This exhibition presents a selection of prints from the George and Christiane Smyth and Vincent Rickard Northwest Coast Print collection that focus on representations of place and Indigenous knowledge production. The perspectives represented by these artists challenge the hegemonic practices of institutions, such as museums, by positioning the artists as the ethnographic authorities on their cultural expressions and knowledge.
Image: Kankulanukw Francis Dick, 1989
As part of the renovations completed in the Fall of 2011, and with the generosity of George and Christiane Smyth, the Cornett Building has become an established centre for Coast Salish art. By displaying 26 artworks created by six Coast Salish artists, the University of Victoria and the Faculty of Social Sciences hopes to honour the history, customs, and culture of the Coast Salish, while inspiring student, faculty, and the greater community. This installation has been named Salish Reflections for two reasons. Firstly, lessLIE's piece Reflections has been used to decorate all exterior doors of Cornett, so it seemed fit to incorporate this important work even further. Secondly, the aim of the installation is to become more familiar with and reflect upon the Coast Salish art of our region. This website was created to be a destination for those wishing to learn more about Coast Salish peoples and their art.
Image: Symphony of Butterflies, Susan Point, 2005
This series of exhibitions and publication projects explores the relationships, personalities and projects contributing to the development of a regional modernist aesthetic in the post-war Victoria urban landscape (1939–2013). It celebrates and coincides with celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the City of Victoria (2012) and 50th anniversary of the founding of the University of Victoria at its Gordon Head Campus.
Image: Bay Parkade Entry, Hubert Norbury, 1960
Legacy Art Gallery Downtown
Wednesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
The Legacy Downtown is the University of Victoria's primary gallery space.
Legacy Maltwood at McPherson Library
Located on the lower level of the McPherson library, adjacent Special Collections.