Thursday, 10 May

5:00-6:30 – Beading session, led by Sherry Farrell Racette.

The Audain Art Centre
The University of British Columbia
6398 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Room 1002

7:30. After-dinner remarks – Circles in a Room

John O'Brian, Professor Emeritus, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, The University of British Columbia.

Friday, May 11

Sessions will be held at The Audain Art Centre, 6398 University Blvd, room 1002.

SESSION I – Urban Art Histories

Chair: Johanne Sloan, Professor, Concordia University and Deputy-Director, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art.

Reporter: Tobias Ewé, Doctoral Student, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Lead Presenters:

Luis Jacob, Artist and independent curator.

Cynthia Hammond, Professor of Art History and Co-Director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Concordia University.

Stakeholder Presenters:

Peter Dykhuis, Director and Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax.

Alice Ming Wai Jim, Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories, Concordia University, Montreal.

Daina Warren (Montana or Akamihk Cree), Director, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg.

Scott Watson, Director, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery/Head, Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

SESSION II – Collaboration as Methodology

Chair: Erin Silver, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, The University of British Columbia.

Reporter: Georgia Phillips-Amos, Doctoral Student, Concordia University, Montreal.

Lead Presenters:

Mark Clintberg, Assistant Professor, Contemporary Visual Arts History and Theory, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary.

Randy Lee Cutler, writer, artist, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Visual Art and Material Practice, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver.

Stakeholder Presenters:

Adriana Alarcón, Program and Outreach Coordinator, MAWA: Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Winnipeg.

Elizabeth Cavaliere, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen’s University, situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, pursuing research on a collection of photographs produced during Treaty 9 negotiations in 1905 and 1906.

Kari Cwynar, Curator, Don Valley River Valley Park Program/Editorial Director, C Magazine/Co-director, Kunstverein Toronto.

Robin Simpson, PhD candidate, University of British Columbia/Public Programs and Education, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal.


Screening of Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, dir., c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city.

Synopsis. We live our lives on land that was never ceded or sold by those who were living here at "first contact" and yet we know precious little about the Lower Mainland before real estate. People often think of Vancouver as a new city, when in fact this region has been occupied for 9,000 years. This film aims to correct that with a meaningful reminder of the history and prehistory of this land and her first people.

Located in the area now known as Marpole in Vancouver, c̓əsnaʔəm was first occupied almost 5,000 years ago and became one of the largest of the Musqueam people’s ancient village sites. Generations of families lived at what was then the mouth of the Fraser River, harvesting the rich resources of the delta. Today, intersecting railway lines, roads, and bridges to Richmond and YVR obscure the heart of Musqueam’s traditional territory, yet c̓əsnaʔəm’s importance to the Musqueam community remains undiminished. Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, in collaboration with the Musqueam First Nation and the UBC Museum of Anthropology’s curatorial team, shares an important and well-researched reflection on a time when BC was indeed super and natural.

SESSION III – Iseechigehina: Actions with Impact

Chair: Sherry Farrell Racette Associate Professor, Faculty of Media, Art and Performance, University of Regina.

Reporter: Daniela Perez Montelongo, Doctoral Student, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Lead Presenters:

Dana Claxton (Lakota), Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Heather Igloliorte (Inuit), University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement, Concordia University.

Jordan Wilson (Musqueam), Independent curator, Vancouver.

Stakeholder Presenters:

Jaimie Isaac (Anishinaabe), Curator, Indigenous and Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Kristina Huneault, Professor, Department of Art History, Concordia University.

Michelle McGeough (Metis), Indigenous art historian, artist, and curator.

Carmen Robertson (Lakota/Scottish), Professor, Art History and Indigenous and Canadian Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Saturday, May 12

The fourth session will be held at the Audain Art Museum, 4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler.


Visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre


Visit Audain Art Museum, including special exhibition, Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit.

SESSION IV – The Museum and the Academy

Chair: Martha Langford, professor, Department of Art History; research chair and director, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University, Montreal.

Reporter: Jessica Law, Doctoral Student, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Lead Presenters:

Carolyn Butler-Palmer, Williams Legacy Chair in the Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest, University of Victoria.

Marie Fraser, Professor, Département d'histoire de l'art, Université du Québec à Montréal/Independent curator, Montreal.

Stakeholder Presenters:

Curtis Collins, Director, Audain Art Museum, Whistler.

Beverly Lemire, Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Maureen Matthews, Curator of Cultural Anthropology, Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg.

Melanie O’Brian, Director, SFU Galleries (SFU Gallery, Teck Gallery, and Audain Gallery), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.