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2011 Fall Speakers Series: Kathleen Ritter

Wednesday 5th October 2011 - 7pm

Other Sights for Artists' Projects and the Langara College Centre for Art in Public Spaces presents the 2011 Fall Speakers Series:

Kathleen Ritter

Artist and curator Kathleen Ritter gives an overview of the evolution of public art through the lens of her own practice. As curator of exhibitions such as Expect Delays (Artspeak Gallery, 2003), How Soon is Now (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2009) and WE: Vancouver (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2011), Ritter traces a course through contemporary public practice - from the gallery to the street.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 7pm

Langara College | Rm. A122a | 100 W 49th Avenue | Vancouver

Free of charge


Kathleen Ritter is an artist and a writer based in Vancouver. Her work has been exhibited at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (2010), VIVO (2009), Prefix (2009), Modern Fuel (2008), the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (2008), Western Front (2004), Skol (2000), and Access (2000). Her writing has been published in the anthology Places and Non-Places of Contemporary Art (2005) and the journals ESSE, Fillip Magazine, Open Letter, and Prefix Photo. She has curated several exhibitions, including WE: Vancouver (2011) and How Soon Is Now (2009) at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Expect Delays (2003), a series of artist's interventions that took place throughout the City of Vancouver. As the Associate Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, she coordinates Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, an outdoor site for temporary public artworks where she curated Elspeth Pratt: Second Date (2011) and Heather and Ivan Morison: Plaza (2010).


Over the last four decades, artists have re-imagined their relationship to public space. Moving from civic squares and lofty edifices, public art has expanded beyond a relationship to physical structures to a consideration of social spaces, creating situations for encounter, participation and dispersal. In this expanded field of art and interaction, curators, institutions and artists themselves have shifted their relationship to the creative process-and the display and creation of public art. This series of talks will address some of these perspectives; from the evolution of curatorial practices beyond gallery walls, to artists engaging with civic infrastructure, to mapping the open-ended, transient nature of contemporary practice, these speakers give context to our current cultural situation.

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