Celebrating Vera Frenkel

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W
Celebrating Vera Frenkel

Celebrating Vera Frenkel

This Is Not A Reading Series and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are pleased to present:

An evening celebrating the release of the long anticipated monograph
Vera Frenkel
The first major survey of the work of this award-winning artist
Edited by Sigrid Schade
Texts by Anne Bénichou, Ryszard W. Kluszczynski, Sylvie Lacerte, Elizabeth Legge, John Bentley Mays, Griselda Pollock, Sigrid Schade, Dot Tuer, Frank Wagner, and featuring “Work/Life Fragments”, a candid, self-assessing text by the artist.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West

Doors open at 7 pm; Event begins at 7:30 pm

Admission is FREE
Special launch price for the book is $50

Join TINARS (This Is Not A Reading Series, www.tinars.ca) and MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, www.mocca.ca) for a special launch evening which will include a dynamic conversation between Vera Frenkel and Sigrid Schade and a screening of excerpts from the gala version of ONCE NEAR WATER and The Blue Train, centrepiece of Frenkel's latest multi-channel work.

Vera Frenkel, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, 312 pp, 287 illustrations :
With this monograph, award-winning multidisciplinary artist Vera Frenkel receives her first major survey.  Exhibited internationally, her installations, videos, writings and media arts projects address the forces at work in human migration and displacement, issues of censorship, the learning and un-learning of cultural memory, the relation of totalitarianism and resistance, and the increasing bureaucratization of experience. Among the works discussed: String Games: Improvisations for Inter-City Video; Messiah Speaking; "... from the Transit Bar"; Body Missing; ONCE NEAR WATER: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive, The Blue Train and more.

Image: ONCE NEAR WATER: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive, video stills, 2008

The evening’s participants:

Vera Frenkel is among a small number of artists who have changed the way in which art is practiced in Canada.  Her recombinant, exploratory practice, addressing themes of human migration, cultural memory, censorship and the bureaucratization of experience has produced works shown at documenta IX, Kassel; the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo; the National Gallery of Canada; MoMA, New York; Tate Britain; the Venice Biennale; the MAK, Vienna; and the Freud Museum, London, among other key venues.

The Blue Train, her multi-screen video-photo-text work commissioned for Archival Dialogues, the Ryerson Image Centre's inaugural exhibition, has just been released in DVD/BluRay formats.

Recipient of honorary doctorates from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1996) and the Emily Carr Institute (2004) Frenkel's honours include, among others, the Canada Council Molson Prize for the Arts, the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, the Bell Canada Award in Video Art, the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, followed by induction into the Royal Society: Academies of the Arts, Humanities and Sciences, a rare honour for an artist, and the International Digital Media and Arts Association Pioneering Achievement Award.

Residencies drew her to the Slade School of Art, London; the School of the Chicago Art Institute; the MVA Program, U. of T.; Vienna’s Akademie der Bildende Künste; Toronto’s McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology; the Banff Centre; and Stockholm’s Royal University, among many others.

Frenkel's writings have appeared in anthologies such as Penser l’indiscipline (Concordia/OPTICA, 2003), Joseph Beuys: The Reader (M.I.T., 2007), and Museums after Modernism (Blackwell, 2007), and in Art Monthly, artscanada, FUSE, Intermédialités, n.paradoxa and PUBLIC.

Image: Messiah Speaking, Artangel Trust project, Spectacolor Board Animation, Piccadilly Circus, London 1990-91

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Schade, Head of the newly founded Institute for Cultural Studies at the Zürich University of the Arts from 2002, studied at the University of Tübingen and the Warburg Institute at the University of London. She wrote her dissertation on the portrayal of witches in the 16th century and habilitated at the University of Oldenburg on the topic of body languages in art and photography from the 16th to 20th century, an area of research which she continues to pursue along with her interest in the history of art institutions and the art scene; gender studies; hierarchy of the arts, concepts of visual culture and cultural analysis; correlations between old and new media in art, and the impact of mass culture on perception.

Professor of Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Theory at the University of Bremen, 1994-2005, Sigrid Schade was guest curator at the Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, where she curated the exhibition "Andere Körper", 1994, for which Vera Frenkel produced the video installation "Body Missing".

Recent publications include "What Do Bildwissenschaften Want? In the Vicious Circle of Pictorial and Iconic Turns", in: Inscriptions/Transgressions. Kunstgeschichte und Gender Studies, ed. by Kornelia Imesch et al., Bern 2008; Artists' Publications. Ein Genre und seine Erschließung, Sigrid Schade, Anne Thurmann-Jajes (Eds.), Cologne 2009; "'The Corpse Lives', Pictorial Tradition and Gender Construction in the Totentanz Series by Birgit Jürgenssen", in: Birgit Jürgenssen, Gabriele Schor, Abigail Solomon-Godeau (Eds.): Ostfildern,  2009; "Zur Metapher vom „Künstler als Seismograph", in: Die Wiederkehr des Künstlers - Themen und Positionen der aktuellen Künstler / innenforschung, Sabine Fastert/ Alexis Joachimides/ Verena Krieger (Eds.)Weimar, Köln, Wien 2011; Sigrid Schade and Silke Wenk: Studien zur visuellen Kultur. Eine Einführung, Bielefeld 2011. http://sigrid.schade.zhdk.ch

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s mandate is to exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian and international artists whose works engage and address challenging issues and themes relevant to our times. In November 2014 MOCCA will present a survey exhibition of Vera Frenkel's work curated by Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by Black Dog, UK, in collaboration with MOCCA.

This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.

Media Contact: Marc Glassman

Image left: Hatje Cantz book cover