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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

Florian Pumhösl: Works and Exhibitions

November 06, 2014

Join us for the first DVA Lecture of 2014-2015

Florian Pumhösl (*1971, lives in Vienna) makes paintings and films. Neither historical reference, nor appropriation, his works operate within a canon of abstract visual language, and reflect on the diverse manifestations of modernity.

Florian Pumhösl will present and discuss his practice, going back from his most recent exhibitions:

Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, 2014; Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2012; Raven Row, London, mumok, Wien, 2011; Krobath, Wien, 2011; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin, 2010; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2010;Lisson Gallery, London, 2008; documenta 12, Kassel, 2007; 27th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, 2006; Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, 2005–2006.


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Bauhaus Weaving Theory

November 19, 2014

AHVA Faculty Book Talk. 4pm Peter Wall Institute.

AHVA ARTH faculty member T'ai Smith will discuss and read passages from her new book Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design (University of Minnesota Press, November 2014).

Considering the role of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop in debates about craft and medium, Smith reframes the Bauhaus weaving workshop as central to theoretical inquiry at the school, uncovering new significance in the work the weavers did as writers. Exploring questions of establishing value and legitimacy in the art world along with the limits of modernism, this book confronts the belief that the crafts are manual and technical but never intellectual arts.


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About the Department


Art History and Visual Art were first taught at The University of British Columbia when noted Canadian painter, B.C. Binning, was appointed to the faculty of the newly-formed School of Architecture. The Department of Fine Arts was established as an independent department within the Faculty of Arts in 1955. Since its inception the Department has grown steadily and now includes 23 full-time members of faculty (13 art historians and 10 visual artists). In 2001, the Department changed its name from Fine Arts to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory to better to encapsulate the innovative teaching and interdisciplinary research interests of the faculty.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory comprises three streams of research-based learning and practice: Art History, with a particular focus on theoretical and critical discourses concerning the social impact of art and visual representation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; Critical and Curatorial Studies, examining through research and exhibition projects issues in contemporary visual culture and display; and Visual Art, with an undergraduate curriculum placing art production, academic learning and a graduate emphasis on preparation for participation in the field of contemporary international art.

The Department’s faculty are actively involved in research and bring this strength into their teaching at all levels. Undergraduate and graduate seminars enhance student experience in advanced academic research and practice. As a result many of our graduates have established distinguished careers in the creative, scholarly and gallery fields.

The main goal of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is to foster critical and reflexive thinking within an inclusive and supportive environment. The Department thus maintains the highest standards of intellectual and administrative practice, seeking to be innovative in pedagogy and international in scholarly perspective.


Our Galleries

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery


The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has an international reputation for its exhibitions, publications and projects in the area of contemporary art. Its collections and archives are an invaluable resource for scholars.

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The AHVA Gallery


The mission of the AHVA Gallery is to promote research and discourse in the field of visual art by facilitating collaboration and experimentation within the department, the university, and the community. The gallery is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to students, faculty and the community through exhibitions, public programs, and providing a venue to engage in dialogue.

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AHVA Events

Distinguished Visiting Artist Program

November 06, 2014

Florian Pumhösl: Works and Exhibitions
Join us for the first DVA Lecture of 2014-2015  (more) »



November 19, 2014

Bauhaus Weaving Theory
AHVA Faculty Book Talk. 4pm Peter Wall Institute.  (more) »



October 22, 2014

Beside Yourself
Exhibition runs October 22 to November 15, 2014. Opening Event - October 29th, 5pm.  (more) »



September 25, 2014

AHVA Graduate Jayne Wilkinson new director of Prefix ICA Toronto   (more) »

October 09, 2014

AHVA MA Graduate Monika Szewczyk in the News!   (more) »

October 09, 2014

AHVA PhD Alumni Patrik Andersson in the News!   (more) »



Featured Profile

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
MFA in Visual Art degree, 1998

"We were lucky to have great instructors who really did a lot to prepare us to enter the art world and cultivate a career."  (more) »