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Jennifer Dickson and Jane Martin in conversation

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a conversation between artists Jennifer Dickson and Jane Martin held in conjunction with genderhow?. Dickson and Martin will take as a point of departure Dickson’s photographic and print series The Secret Garden (1976), which was commissioned by the Still Photography Division of the National Film Board for International Women’s Year in 1975. With practices grounded in feminism, (self-)representation, and the body, Dickson and Martin will share some of their observations and experiences of working as artists and cultural advocates over the past five decades.

Jennifer Dickson is known the world over for her hauntingly beautiful hand-tinted etchings and photographs. Over the past four decades, she has photographed gardens and architecture in Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Turkey, creating sensuous works that combine photography, etching, and watercolour. Her work explores Western symbolism of historic gardens, statuary, and architecture, with their narratives of love, beauty, time, mortality, the body, gender, sexuality, and humans’ relationship to the natural world.

Dickson has exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally, and her work is represented in numerous public and private collections. In 1998, CUAG exhibited The Secret Garden, which is represented along with other bodies of work in CUAG’s collection. Dickson is the sole Canadian to have been elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where she continues to exhibit and lecture regularly. Dickson received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1988 and was named to the Order of Canada in 1995. She is recognized for her passionate cultural advocacy and leadership, receiving the Victor Tolgesy Award by the Council of the Arts Ottawa in 2002.

Since the 1970s, Jane Martin’s work in painting, drawing, lithography, installation, and video has been exhibited widely across Canada and abroad and is represented in many public collections including Carleton University Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and National Gallery of Canada. In 1999, CUAG presented her exhibition Jane Martin: Gathie’s Cupboard 1988-1998, with a catalogue essay by Christine Conley.

Martin was co-founder of Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective in 1988, and on the founding board of CANCOPY. She has worked as an advocate for the rights and representation of women artists, authoring studies that examined women’s participation on Canada Council juries, selection committees, and advisory boards and as grant recipients in the 1970s.

CUAG Lunchtime Lecture: “Employable Subjects: Exploring Trans* Un(der)Employment in ON and BC

Wednesday, 5 October 2016, 12:15 p.m.

Each semester, Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) showcases a Carleton academic whose research interests complements one of our current exhibitions, and invites them to give a talk on their research. Bring your lunch, the gallery will provide coffee and tea, and we’ll all learn something new!

The artists in TRANSACTIONS work together within the creative fields of poetry, performance, and visual art, as well as teach and lead workshops. As Dan Irving (Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies) will explore in this Lunchtime Lecture, however, transgendered populations are over-represented among those underemployed and unemployed within Canada. Drawing from his qualitative study of un(der)employment among trans*-identified people, Irving will identify major issues that trans* job-seekers and employees face, offer trans narratives detailing the gender-based violence that occurs within the workplace and raise issues regarding the often unspoken demands for particular gendered and racial embodiment to perform affective labour that cannot be addressed adequately through advancing employment rights and non-discriminatory policies. 

Dan Irving is an Associate Professor teaching in the Human Rights and Sexuality Studies programs in IIS. Irving is the co-editor of Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader (with Rupert Raj) published by Canadian Scholar’s Press. His work has been published in Transgender Studies Reader 2, Sexuality Studies and Australian Feminist Studies. Irving serves on the Board of Egale Canada (secretary).

Curator’s talk by Cara Tierney, Gender Qu(e)eries: how did we get here?:

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Cis-what? trans-who? monosexism? THEY?? Please join us for a presentation and discussion on gender, vocabulary/language, self-representation, and allyship, hosted by Cara Tierney. This talk is presented in conjunction with TRANSACTIONS , curated by Tierney, and is open to all.

Raised in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Cara Tierney is an interdisciplinary artist whose work questions the role of gender and its relationship to the material body. Using the body as a point of departure Tierney often foregrounds issues of sexuality and gender to question how society impacts our relationship to our own bodies and ultimately our identities, both private and public. Tierney holds an MA in Art History, an MFA, and is pursuing a Ph.D at Carleton University.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance commencing at 6:45 pm. See the visiting page of CUAG’s website for directions and details of the visitor parking in the P18 parkade.