Vancouver Art Gallery Hosts Institute of Asian Art Inaugural Symposium

The following information is excerpted from a press release issued by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Vancouver Art Gallery will host Deconstructing Diaspora: Institute of Asian Art Inaugural Symposium, from May 18-19, 2017. The Institute of Asian Art Inaugural Symposium will consider how contemporary art and its institutions participate in the construction and experience of Asian diasporas in Vancouver and elsewhere, beginning with a keynote address by world leading arts and culture scholar Dr. Vishakha Desai.


Dr. Desai is the Senior Advisor for Global Affairs Programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Professor and Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.Dr. Desai was appointed by President Obama to the National Board of Museums and Library Services in 2012. She is a frequent speaker at international forums and is recognized for her leadership in presenting contemporary Asian art and fostering cross-cultural understanding.

Program Information

As a platform for exchange from many national perspectives, local and visiting speakers will reflect on art and museums as a space where people come together at the intersections of the local, the national and the global. The symposium connects the Asian Art Council with recognized members of the local art community and audiences for a generative exchange of ideas.

Visiting Asian Art Council members include David Chau, collector, Shanghai; Dr. Vishakha Desai, scholar, New York; and Roobina Karode, Director/Chief Curator of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. This council was established in 2015 to advise and guide the activities of the Institute of Asian Art—the Gallery’s comprehensive initiative to advance scholarship and public appreciation of art from Asia through exhibitions, public programs and collection acquisition.

Local speakers include Tarah Hogue, curator and writer, grunt gallery; Josh Hon, artist; Sirish Rao, writer, co-founder of the Indian Summer Festival; and Jin-me Yoon, artist and Professor, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University.

DAY 1 – Keynote Address: Dr. Vishakha N. Desai
Global Culture in Contested Terrains: The Role of Artists and Institutions

When: Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300

DAY 2 – Speaker Presentations

When: Friday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Room 4East

Tickets and More Information

Tickets are $10 general admission for the Thursday keynote, $15 general admission for the Friday presentation, or $20 for students and members including both days. To buy tickets, and for more information, please visit the Symposium landing page here.

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