Archive for September, 2011

The Political Ecology of Curating

A Roundtable Discussion with a Keynote by Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda

7 pm Thursday, October 13th, at the Renaissance Event Venue, Lower Hall, 285 Queen St., Kingston
Posted for Sunny Kerr

The Corridor Culture collective invites you to a very special event with guest, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, one of the curators responsible for the Havana Biennial.

The roundtable will begin with a keynote from our guest, lead into discussion and finish with plenty of time for talking over wine and cheese. As an initial jumping off point, discussion will emerge from the concept of the ecosystem, with its interdependent relations and hierarchies, as a metaphor for a globalized artistic and curatorial field.

Guan Wei, "Rising Sea Level" painting installation at the 10th Havana Biennial in Cuba.

Guan Wei, "Rising Sea Level" at the 10th Havana Biennial in Cuba.

Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda is an expert in modern and contemporary Cuban art and visual culture. Her research has ventured into the historical processes concerning the evolution of Cuban art and its internal and external links with international art, and broader currents of thought entrenched in the modern, the postmodern and the global. She is the organizer of the theoretical event of the Havana Biennial (2003, 2006, 2009 and upcoming 2012) and a member of its team of curators at the Wilfredo Lam Art Centre in Havana. The Havana Biennial was the first Biennial formed in the “global south” and dedicated to contemporary art from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In the context of her work for the Biennial, she has focused on the study of North-South relations, center-periphery, and hegemonic processes that characterize the formation of a “world culture.” Through her work with the Biennial and her massive project on Cuban art of the 20th Century, her access to and knowledge of Cuban visual culture, including architecture, is unparalleled. She will be hosted by Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and Corridor Culture will bring her more directly to wider Kingston audiences. The collective has also organized a trip for her to engage in a similar way with communities in Windsor.

The Corridor Culture collective builds social connectivity in Kingston and the region’s cultural sector by aiding cultural producers’ travel along Ontario’s rail corridors and by bridging visiting scholars and artists with diverse audiences here and along the corridor. Between Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 we present three discrete public projects: workshops with Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda, a curator from the Havana Biennial and Ariella Azoulay, an important Middle Eastern cultural theorist, and a performance by two established Canadian Aboriginal artists, Terrance Houle and Adrian Stimson.

See more Corridor Culture activities here: Corridor Culture is made possible through the support of the Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston.

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10 am Saturday Sep 24th – Kingston Moving Planet action

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The Many Colors of Kingston Artist Bob Blenderman

Posted for Walter Durante

This summer I had the pleasure of meeting Kingston artist Bob Blenderman.

I had been familiar with many of Bob’s quaint and colorful paintings of easily recognizable Kingston landmark buildings and old cityscapes. However, I was not aware of some of the more obscure local buildings he had painted nor did I realize how extensive his art collection of over 40 years actually was until I had purchased his book titled, Kingston A City in Canada, Heinrich Heine Press at Grass Creek. This beautiful hardcover art book is bound with 120 pages bursting full with Bob’s enchanting paintings which include 1970’s Kingston commercial district along with Kingston houses and neighbourhood stores – many of which still stand and some that sadly are gone. It also includes some paintings of past and former commercial and residential buildings from our own McBurney Park neighbourhood such as: McGlades, Joana’s Imported Foods,  Frank’s Fish and Chips and New Henry’s Restaurant.

Like the soft-spoken and talented gentleman I have come to know, Bob Blenderman’s paintings are warm and welcoming. His everlasting images will continue to delight us all and rekindle our fond memories of old Kingston neighbourhoods where we grew up!

Bob Blenderman’s book is available at Novel Idea book store.

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