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Morris And Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The award-winning gallery is British Columbia’s premier showcase for contemporary art and houses the University of British Columbia's growing collection of contemporary art and artists’ archives.

Through exhibitions, publications, lectures and symposia, the gallery’s programs emphasize research, teaching, and scholarship in areas ranging from B.C. art history to international contemporary art, and contemporary approaches to the practice of art history, criticism and curating.

The Canada Council for the Arts regularly ranks the Belkin Gallery as one of the top Canadian art museums out of ninety-five Canadian art museums and galleries.

Permanent Collection

The Collection contains more than 2,500 works of art, making it the third largest public art collection in British Columbia. The Gallery also holds over 30,000 archival items relating to the post-war history of art in Vancouver and the avant-garde narratives of the 1960s to 1970s including the Peter Day Concrete Poetry Collection, the Kenneth Coutts-Smith Archive, the Morris/Trasov Archives, and the archives of Eric Metcalfe and Kate Craig.


UBC Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition

Raymond Boisjoly, Melanie Bond, Natalie Doonan, Jesse Gray, Joshua Hite, Ryan Peter

September 5 to 21, 2008

The Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by the 2008 graduates of UBC’s two-year Master of Fine Art program.

Raymond Boisjoly’s focus is the equivocal status of materiality in the active pursuit of meaning made manifest through cultural phenomena. The transposition of a seasonal object onto an indigenous form provides an opportunity to negotiate their cumulative connotative potential.

Melanie Bond explores the relationship between physical geography and personal memory. Her series of photographs portray artists from Vancouver, Canada, and Chongqing, China, at a place with which they feel a connection.

Natalie Doonan employs a range of strategies including performance, video, social networking and print media to playfully engage in productions of subjectivity. The work that she has prepared for this exhibition is an homage to the artist Veronika Martz, who recently disappeared in the midst of research into a creation myth for an upcoming film.

Jesse Gray engages in the act of collecting—scavenging, foraging, garbage-picking, alley-scrounging—and the practice of recombination, as an investigation into the hidden meanings and secret histories of discarded objects and things.

Josh Hite’s video work looks at how spaces and their arrangement are transformed by those who use them. Influenced by Michel de Certeau, Hite optimistically investigates potential and real confrontation between those who move through spaces, and the ...+ [ Read all ]

Forthcoming exhibitions

October 10 to December 7, 2008

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by the Belgian artist David Claerbout. The exhibition will transform the gallery to show a selection of video installations that date from 1996 to the present.

David Claerbout draws on the conventions of film, photography, and digital media, challenging boundaries by combining traditional technologies in the production of his works. His works defy the expectations of the viewer, as he manipulates still photographs to introduce movement, subtly accelerates or decelerates his films, edits separate recordings together, and often employs narratives that become a secondary feature to the work. What is central to Claerbout’s body of work is the nature of time. Claerbout frequently introduces natural elements—such as sunlight and darkness—as anchor points for the perception of time.

The Belkin Art Gallery exhibition will include Claerbout’s Bordeaux Piece (2004), which is nearly 14 hours in length, and comprised of 70 short films shot by the artist at 10 minute intervals between 5:30 am and 10:00 pm over the course of several days. Actors play out the same scripted scene over and over, while the slow movement of daylight across the set becomes the organizing principle in the work, and as Claerbout explains, “gives form to duration by means of natural light.”

David Claerbout was born in 1969 in Kortrjik, Belgium, and lives and works in Antwerp. Since the late 1990’s, his work has been exhibited widely in international institutions and included in
public collections such as Sammlung Goetz, Museum für Moderne ...+ [ Read all ]



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Sat 12-5
Sun 12-5
(closed Mondays and statutory holidays)

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