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The Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory

dagwinuu - an exhibition showcasing recent work by first year MFA Visual Art candidates

February 04, 2015

Exhibition runs February 5 – February 28, 2015

Please join the UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA) at the AHVA Gallery in the Audain Art Centre on Wednesday, February 4th from 5 to 7pm for the opening of dagwinuu with performances by Emilio Rojas and Jeneen Frei Njootli.
 
Artists: Benjamin J. Allard, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Emilio Rojas, Saroop Soofi, Leigh Tennant and Olivia Whetung. 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 4th from 5 to 7 pm

Exhibition Dates: February 5 – February 28, 2015

AHVA Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 - 4 pm

AHVA Gallery
Room 1001
Audain Art Centre
6398 University Boulevard
gallery.ahva.ubc.ca

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MFA Interdepartmental Critique

February 06, 2015

2nd Year MFA Interpartmental Critiques

Please join 2nd year MFA candidates Anyse Ducharme, Jessica Gnyp, and Michelle Weinstein for their Interdepartmental Critiques in the new Audain Art Centre.

February 6th, 2015, 2pm.

Main Floor, Room 1002, 6398 University Blvd. UBC.

All are welcome.
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The Invention of Non-Art

February 06, 2015

“The Invention of Non-Art” a public talk by Thierry de Duve

Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory presents:
“The Invention of Non-Art” a public talk by Thierry de Duve

Often seen, together with other Dadaists, as the inventor of non-art and anti-art, Marcel Duchamp was in fact the messenger of a sea change in the art institution: he brought us the news that, between 1880, the date of the last Paris Salon under the aegis of the Ministère des Beaux-Arts, and 1917, the date of the first exhibition of the New York Society of Independent Artists, the art world has switched from the Fine Arts system to the “Art-in-General” system, in which we still live.
 
In the “Art-in-General” system, art can be made from anything whatever. As a result we are often incapable of identifying a given object as a work of art before appraising it as good or bad art, and the phrase “this is art” then becomes an aesthetic judgment. In the Fine Arts system, by contrast,  ... (more) »

 

About the Department

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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

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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

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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.

Learn more about the AHVA Gallery »

 

AHVA Events

Exhibition/Opening

February 04, 2015

dagwinuu - an exhibition showcasing recent work by first year MFA Visual Art candidates
Exhibition runs February 5 – February 28, 2015  (more) »

 

Visual Art Graduate Program (MFA)

February 06, 2015

MFA Interdepartmental Critique
2nd Year MFA Interpartmental Critiques  (more) »

 

Lecture

February 06, 2015

The Invention of Non-Art
“The Invention of Non-Art” a public talk by Thierry de Duve  (more) »

 
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AHVA News

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Alexander Alberro
MA in Art History degree, 1990

"As an undergraduate, I found the active research agenda of many of my professors contagious."  (more) »