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Big Berks @ The AGO
Art & Ideas: Making Provocative Histories

Elizabeth LaCouture
Sarah Amato
Deepali Dewan
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge
With Georgiana Uhlyarik

Friday May 23, 2014
10:45 am – 12:30 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

(Please use McCaul Street Entrance)
Members $10 | Public $12 | Students $8
Doors open 30 minutes before the panel.

“Art & Ideas: Making Provocative Histories” brings together scholars and artists studying archives, material culture, architecture, and photography in an effort to push at the edges of their disciplines, creating a dialogue across mediums, time periods and geographies.

Elizabeth LaCouture is an expert on visual and material culture, and architecture in Tianjin, China (1860-1949). LaCouture is Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Colby College.

Sarah Amato’s work focuses on material culture and human-animal relations in Victorian England. She is a lecturer in material culture at the University of Toronto.

Deepali Dewan is currently researching photographs of courtesans in 19th c. India. Dewan is Senior Curator in South Asian Arts and Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge use history as the basis of a narrative on the politics of the workplace and resistance, or as a reference to what lies behind contemporary issues. Their art has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in both the trade union movement and art galleries and museums.

The discussion will be chaired by Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. It is presented in partnership with Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and explores the theme of this year’s conference: Histories on the Edge/Histoires sur la brèche.

This talk is presented as part of Big Berks @ The AGO.


Register for the full conference:

Big Berks @ The AGO
Friday May 23, 2014
10:15 am – 5 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
NEW Day Rate – Friday, May 23: $75
Community Registration Fee for Full Conference – May 22-25: $100
Please present Conference Badge at Main Entrance to the Art Gallery of Ontario (Badges are to be picked up at the University of Toronto.)
Register as a community participant through the Big Berks Conference Website.

The renowned Berkshire Conference on the History of Women (“Big Berks”) has partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario to present a full day of panels, workshops, tours and talks at the AGO on Friday, May 23, 2014. This tri-annual event is the world’s largest conference of the history of women, gender and sexuality. The major theme of the 2014 conference is Histories on the Edge/Histoires sur la brèche. Conference participants will include international scholars, artists, students, curators, activists, editors, writers and publishers.

The AGO has organized a special day of programs, including a discussion with Nina Bunjevac about her forthcoming graphic novel Fatherland, a panel on art in the archives with Iris Haussler, curator led workshops with rarely seen objects from the collection, and tours of the galleries. Click here for details regarding tours and workshops. For full details on the Big Berks Day @ AGO's program click here.

To attend the conference and programs at the AGO, please register directly with the Big Berks by clicking here. Members of the public qualify for the reduced Community and Teachers registration fee of $100 for all four days of Big Berks.

End the day with All Through the House: An Evening of Feminist Art and Culture held at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus. More information can be found here.

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