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The Artlab Gallery Presents…

The 50th Anniversary Exhibition

PAST FORWARD

September 5 – 29th, 2017
Gala Reception: Saturday, September 16th > 7-9pm
Remarks: 7:30pm


This fall the Department of Visual Arts, Western University celebrates its 50th anniversary. In conjunction with this momentous event the Artlab Gallery is pleased to present Past Forward, an alumni exhibition that includes over 300 images and texts submitted by former students from our studio and art history programs.

In the Cohen Commons area located just outside of the Artlab Gallery is a second exhibition, “Despite a sense of loss, there was an air of optimism”, guest curated by Visual Arts PhD student, Ruth Skinner. The title of this exhibition excerpts a 1985 essay co-written by students Lesley Soden (Art History & Criticism) and Carolyn Vesely (Studio-Fine Art) to introduce their graduating show. Soden and Vesely continue: "The year's success was met through challenge", a sentiment echoed throughout five decades of Department experience and ephemera: "Despite much opposition and at time great doubts, you have pulled together," Duncan de Kergommeaux (1974); "It is with a feeling of great anxiety and anticipation for the future we are waiting for," Isaac Han (1987); "The students have become increasingly excited and somewhat apprehensive of what may well be their ultimate visual experience," Maurice Stubbs (1974); "This thesis is dedicated to the ducks in Harris Park behind my apartment," Shinobu Akimoto (1999).

This selection of graduating exhibitions, student works and convictions, from the beginning of the Visual Arts Department to the present, compliments the Artlab Gallery's 50th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Past Forward.


Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Saturday September 23rd from 12-5pm

In conjunction with the alumni based exhibits we will be hosting a collaborative one-day Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon event inside the Artlab Gallery. Organized in collaboration with Forest City Gallery this Wiki event welcomes visual arts alumna Siân Evans (MA, Art History, 2007) who will speak about her involvement in founding and organizing the internationally lauded “Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thons.”

Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to female artists and feminism. We will be updating existing Wikipedia pages about female artists and feminist art movements or starting new pages on those you feel should be written about.

We invite people of all gender identities and expressions, particularly transgender, and cisgender women, to address this absence by inserting Wikipedia entries on art and feminism.


About the Artlab Gallery
Located in the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Western University, the Artlab Gallery is a vital component of the Department of Visual Arts. Established in 1994 the gallery focuses on exhibitions, events, and projects that respond to social and cultural issues, supporting the research, and practice of students, faculty and artists from the region and beyond. The work presented in the gallery explores conceptual and experimental production incorporating a diverse range of mediums and methods.


Artlab Gallery
John Labatt Visual Arts Centre
Western University
London, ON, N6A 5B7

Web: http://www.uwo.ca/visarts/artlab/
Email: artlab@uwo.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uwo.ca/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/artlab_gallery


GALLERY HOURS
Monday to Friday > 12noon – 5pm & Thursday > 12- 8pm

The Gallery will be open on Saturday September 23 > 12-5pm for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon event.

The Artlab Gallery & Cohen Commons are wheelchair accessible.
Admission to all areas is FREE. All are welcome.


For more information, please contact: Susan Edelstein, Artlab Gallery Director, sedelst@uwo.ca


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