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Canadian Visual Culture Panel

November 17, 2008
by Canadian Architect

Today, many believe that globalization is making the nation-state obsolete. But is it? Michael Adams’ research suggests that Canadian culture is distinct from that of the USA in its values. Could we assume then that different values have given rise to a different visual culture? If Canada has a distinct culture, what typifies it? How would we study it?


Come hear what this panel has to say on these issues. The event takes place on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 6:30 pm at the Ontario College of Art & Design’s OCAD Graduate Gallery, located at 205 Richmond Street West in Toronto.


Panellists involved in the discussion include:


Michael Adams, founder of polling firm Environica Research, and the best-selling author of several books, including Sex in the Snow and Fire and Ice.

Yam Lau, Assistant Professor of painting at York University. Lau has written criticism, curated exhibitions, and his work is represented by the Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto and Yuanfen New Media Art Space in Beijing.

Mark Cheetham, Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto. Cheetham has curated two exhibitions, and is the author of Abstract Art Against Autonomy and Remembering Postmodernism: Trends in Recent Canadian Art. He as also written a book on Alex Colville.

Lisa Rochon, architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, and author of Up North: Where Canada’s Architecture Meets the Land.

Andy Patton, artist, curator, OCAD faculty member, will act as panel moderator:


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