July 12 Keynote: Monika Kin Gagnon

2017 summer intensive

Keynote Address: 12 noon, Wednesday July 12, University Theatre (ADM026)
Rethinking Expo 67

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is presenting À la recherché d’Expo 67 / In Search of Expo 67, an exhibition of major new works by 19 Canadian and Québec contemporary artists who have taken inspiration from the original event. As one of the co-curators of this exhibition (with MAC curator, Lesley Johnstone), my presentation will explore the original Expo 67 event and discuss the exhibition, as well as consider how “revisiting” this world’s fair uniquely enables critical reflection. Rethinking Expo 67 will focus on nationalism and world expos, art and public memory, with highlights of the Canada Pavilion (artworks by Althea Thauburger, Leisure and Geronimo Inutiq), and the Indians of Canada Pavilion (artworks by Krista Belle Stewart and Duane Linklater).

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Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She has published widely on cultural politics, the visual and media arts since the 1980s, including Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000), and 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (Éditions Artexte, 2002) with Richard Fung. She co-edited Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 with Janine Marchessault (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2014). Her current research is on cultural memory, creative archiving, and experimental media arts. She curated La Vie polaire/Polar Life from Expo 67 at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in 2014; Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | Immatérial, at Centre Phi in Montreal 2015; and co-curated the group exhibition In Search of Expo 67 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in summer 2017. Her Podcast on Expo 67 is available
http://www.concordia.ca/events/conversation-series/thinking-out-loud/expo67.html

Relevant websites
Faculty webpage: https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/coms/faculty.html?fpid=monika-gagnon

MAC: http://www.macm.org/en/expositions/expo-67/

CINEMAexpo67 research group: http://cinemaexpo67.ca/

Podcast on Expo 67 hosted by Monika Kin Gagnon
http://www.concordia.ca/events/conversation-series/thinking-out-loud/expo67.html
On iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/thinking-out-loud/id1216785912?mt=2

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