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Collective Acts Artist Talk | Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Beginning with the Seventies
Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties

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  1. Christine D’Onofrio, Intuition Commons,, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

  2. Heather Kai Smith, Group Facing House, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Talk

with Christine D'Onofrio and Heather Kai Smith

Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 pm

In conjunction with our fall exhibition Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts, join us for a talk by Christine D’Onofrio (UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory) and Heather Kai Smith (Emily Carr University of Art + Design).

Christine D’Onofrio’s interactive database – – is projected onto the gallery wall. Contributors can nominate women who have had significant influence on their artistic practice and as the database grows, the visual connections, overlapping stories, keywords and links will appear as an interconnected rhizomatic archive. Heather Kai Smith’s drawings cite women’s gatherings and protests that are sourced from archival photographs. Her drawings depict the spirit of self-organization and consciousness raising activities that persist to the present day.

Inspired by the social movements of the 1970s – feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ rights, Indigenous rights, access to health services and housing – the exhibition, Beginning with the Seventies: Collective Acts presents work by Dana Claxton, Jeneen Frei Njootli and the ReMatriate Collective, Christine D’Onofrio and Heather Kai Smith. The exhibition includes drawings, an interactive online database, an installation of a sewing room, photography, and historical Salish weavings borrowed from private and public collections including the Chilliwack Museum, the Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre and the Museum of Anthropology.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689