Transient Moments Vancouver And The Performance Photograph

Curated by: Ann Pollock

This project looks at the important contribution made by the Vancouver performance art community and visiting artists in the '60's, '70's and '80's.

The exhibitions are supported by the Canada Council, with assistance from the Western Front. Additional support from the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery and the Department of Fine Arts at U.B.C., and Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique.

Presentation House Gallery published a catalogue in conjuction with the exhibition with an essay by curator, Ann Pollock.

Events

Organized by Ann Pollock in conjunction with Presentation House Gallery

Saturday, September 14, 2 pm | Curator's Talk by Ann Pollock and Craig Krull, followed by a Reception

Performance Art Series

Wednesday, October 16, 8 pm | Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Roberto Sifuentes, Mexican interdisciplinary artists performing Dangerous Border Games from the Borderama series

Wednesday, September 18, 8 pm | Canadian performance artist Colette Urban, performing Augur, and Pretend Not to See Me, Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver.

Artist Talks

Thursday, September 19, 7:30 pm |  High Tech Aztec Art by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes

Friday, October 18, 7:30 pm | Second Guessing by Colette Urban, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Saturday, September 21, 2 pm | Performance Art Panel Discussion with Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Mexico) and Suzanne Lacy (California), Presentation House Gallery

Sponsored by the Western Front; assisted by New Performance Works Society

Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 pm | Performance and the Photograph, a talk by Vancouver artist Hank Bull, Presentation House Gallery

Thursday, September 26, 7:30 pm | Transient Moments: Film, Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique

David Rimmer’s Al Neil: A Portrait; Penelope Buitenhuis and Judy Radul’s A Dream of Naming; The Nine O’Clock Gun by Chris Gallagher; Fuses by Carolee Schneemann, with film talks by David Rimmer and Judy Radul and a selection from Blocking, Surfacing on the Subliminal, and Sharkfin Dance by General Idea, Vincent Trasov, Byron Black and Kate Craig, all of 1974 performances including Mr. Peanut.

The Cinemateque— 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver. Admission charged.

Ongoing tours and workshops for student groups.

An artist-in-residency program by John Sobol at four North Vancouver highschools, October 14 to 18, followed by a evening’s event of performance works by the students, and an exhibition of student photographs taken of the performances. Supported by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council.

Laurie Anderson, Vancouver debut of United States, 1981. Photo: Cornelia Wyngaarden
Laurie Anderson, Vancouver debut of United States, 1981. Photo: Cornelia Wyngaarden

Transient Moments: Vancouver & The Performance Photograph

This publication was produced on the occasion of the exhibition Transient Moments: Vancouver and the Performance Photograph, guest curated by Ann Pollock for Presentation House Gallery. Running from September 14 to October 27 1996, the exhibition was part of a larger project addressing the relationship between performance art and photography from the 1960s to the 1980s, which included the exhibition Action/Performance and the Photograph, curated by Craig Krull and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Inc., Los Angeles. The publication includes an essay by Ann Pollock.
Editor and publication coordinator: Karen Love

Designed by Alex Hass and printed by Marine Printers.

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