Speakers' Series

ArtNow Winter 2018

Art Now! Speakers' Series Presents
Art in the Public Sphere

With Special Guest Speakers: James Patten, Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell, Andrew Hunter, David Urban, Scott McGovern, Jessica Patricia Kichoncho Karuhanga and Catherine Telford-Keogh!

The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is pleased to present the Art in the Public Sphere series of speakers and exhibitions. This important series provides unique opportunities to engage with local, national, and international artists, curators, and scholars. All events hosted at Western University are free and are open to the public. The Winter 2018 series is organized by Prof. Colin Carney as part of ongoing academic offerings at the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. 

Most of the lectures are held at 7pm in the North Campus Building, room 113 with the exception of the Jessica Patricia Kichoncho Karuhanga Artist Lecture Thursday, March 15 6:30pm-9:00pm at Museum London. Please consult the Western Calendar for updates.

See the 2018 Speakers' Series Poster

A full list of upcoming exhibitions can also be found on the Artlab Website.

Winter 2018 Speakers

James Patten, Director, Chief Curator McIntosh Gallery, Thursday January 18, 7pm, NCB 113

James Patten is director and chief curator at McIntosh Gallery, Western University. Since 1986 he has held curatorial positions in various Canadian art galleries, including the Art Gallery of Windsor, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Museum London. He has produced exhibitions and publications on contemporary Canadian and international artists, including solo projects with Ed Pien, Kelly Wood, Jason McLean, Adrian Norvid, Janet Werner, Marcel Dzama, David Claerbout, Ron Terada, David Mabb, Willie Bester, Kim Moodie, David Merritt, Sheila Butler, Gerald Ferguson, Kelly Mark, Shelley Niro, Carlo Cesta, and Carl Beam. His group exhibitions include Home Show, featuring Sam Taylor Wood, Jamelie Hassan, and Jeff Wall (Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2004), and Young Contemporaries, which included Steven Shearer, Taras Politaiko, Yoko Takashima, Ron Terada, Germaine Koh, and David Hoffos (Museum London, 1996). Patten read for a B.A. at the University of Toronto and an M.A. in art history from McGill before completing curatorial internships at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell, Artists, Thursday January 25, 7pm, NCB 113

Opening Reception at McIntosh Gallery for “If You’ve got It Flaunt It” with Allyson Mitchell January 25, 2018 - March 24, 2018

Allyson Mitchell

‘Deep Lez’, Allyson Mitchell’s ongoing aesthetic/political project advocating a strategic return to the herstories of radical and lesbian feminisms, has been the subject of dialogue within queer and trans communities in recent years. This ethic has caused a stir with activists and artists alike in a range of venues from living room potlucks and academic conferences to public galleries and museums.

Mitchell is a maximalist artist working in sculpture, performance, installation and film. Her practice investigates contemporary sexuality and queer feminist identity, largely through the use of abandoned craft. These articulations have resulted in a coven of lesbian feminist Sasquatch monsters, a room-sized Vagina Dentata, most recently, Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House. Mitchell also performed actively with the fat performance troupe ‘Pretty Porky and Pissed Off’, which she co-founded in 1997.

Her works have been utilized to animate protests like Take Back the Dyke (an alternate Dyke March in Toronto protesting censorship and assimilation), The Women’s March, Occupy Toronto and many others. Her work has also exhibited in galleries and festivals across Canada, the US and Europe.

She is based in Toronto, where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University and she runs F.A.G. Feminist Art Gallery with Deirdre Logue.

Deirdre Logue

Film and video artist Deirdre Logue has been making intimate performances for the camera since 1995. Suspended in a queer temporality, these private tests made public, resist syntactic language and strive to communicate what it means to be a body; symptomatic, non-linear and hyper corporeal. Her recent video art installations experiment with vibration to engage questions of access, privilege and ability.

Her work is informed by DIY feminist aesthetics, her work on large-scale performance art projects, her commitment to working in the rape crisis and women’s shelter system, and her 25 years dedicated to artist run culture, social justice and artists rights. Deirdre directs the F.A.G Feminist Art Gallery with her partner Allyson Mitchell.

Recently Logue and Mitchell presented Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House (Toronto, London, Los Angeles) this largescale installation/performance is a nightmarish vision of feminist terror where visitors are encouraged to engage in dialogue about contemporary queer politics. Logue and Mitchell also collaborate on video installations that put radical feminist texts in productive conversation with contemporary queer theory using puppets, cats and paper mache tactics. Their most recent collaborative video work Hers is Still a Dank Cave: Crawling Towards a Queer Horizon has recently shown at the International Film Festival Oberhausen, Goldsmiths College, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires.

Andrew Hunter, Curator, Artist and Educator, Thursday February 8, 7pm, NCB 113

Andrew Hunter is the Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Guelph, and was the former Frederik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He has previously held curatorial positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Kamloops Art Gallery, and University of Waterloo (RENDER). Hunter was Adjunct Curator at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre Art Gallery. He has taught at OCAD University, the University of Waterloo (Faculty of Arts and School of Architecture) and lectured on curatorial practice internationally. As an artist and independent curator, Hunter has exhibited widely, including solo projects at the National Gallery of Canada; Dubrovnik Museum of Modern Art, Croatia; The Rooms Art Gallery, Newfoundland; and the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre. From 2009 – 2013, he collaborated with Lisa Hirmer on the creative research project DodoLab. Hunter is known for his innovative use of collections and for positioning art within a wider social, historical and cultural context. He has consistently blurred the boundaries of artist/curator/educator and has emphasized community engagement, narrative and character-based performance in his work. Hunter firmly believes that galleries and museums need to be more present and active in engaging critical, contemporary issues including the state of the environment and social justice.


David Urban, Artist, Thursday, March 8, 7pm, NCB 113

The art practice of David Urban is defined by bold collisions of line and shape, clashing tones and kinetic brushstrokes. Urban builds his dynamic paintings, layer upon layer, into a strange borderland between abstraction and representation. Rhythmic geometries conjure up networks of boards, beams and girders. These improvisations incorporate the traditions of still life and landscape, abstraction and realism within an abstract framework. Urban produces forms that confound in their perception and pursues an endless investigation into how and why we see. Urban reflects on music, childhood and the primacy of the imagination, becoming a summation of thematic ideas pursued in his paintings. He is deeply implicated in the history and methodology of paint. Urban is a poet and a musician, playing several instruments and investigating the physical presence of sound. His work explores the interplay between representation and abstraction, while maintaining a strong sense of connectivity and rhythmical structure. He integrates both real and abstract elements, simultaneously presenting two disparate threads of modern painting. Urban completed both of his undergraduate degrees at York University in 1989, graduating with a BA in English Literature and a Visual Arts BFA specializing in Painting and Drawing. He received his graduate degrees, an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing in 1991 from the University of Windsor and an MFA in Visual Arts in 1994 from the University of Guelph. Urban has had 30 solo exhibitions and participated in nearly 40 group exhibitions. Urban joined Queen’s University in March 2012 as the Koerner Artist-in-Residence, an annual professional residency in the Fine Art Program. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada; Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal; and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Scott McGovern, Curator, Artist, Video maker, and Educator Thursday, March 1, 7pm, NCB 113 Scott McGovern is a curator, artist, video maker, and educator. He studied video at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Since 2005 he has been the program director at Ed Video Media Arts Centre, an artist run centre in Guelph, Canada, where he has facilitated over 150 exhibitions, events, and concerts. He has curated exhibitions at artist run centres, museums, and art fairs in Canada, USA, Mexico, England, Sweden, France, and Greece.


Jessica Patricia Kichoncho Karuhanga, Artist, Thursday, March 15

Please note this week's events will be hosted at Museum London
6:30pm: Tour of Embodiment with Curator Cassandra Getty
7:30pm: Artist Lecture by Jessica Patricia Kichoncho Karuhanga
8:30pm: Q&A

Jessica Patricia Kichoncho Karuhanga is an artist working through drawing, movement and video. She has presented her work at the Art Museum at University of Toronto (2017) Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016) and Goldsmiths, London (2016). She has performed lectures for The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum as well as Harvard University and Tisch School of the Arts at NYU’s Black Portraitures Series. Her writing has been published by BlackFlash Magazine and C Magazine. She has been featured in esse, CBC, and Canadian Art. Forthcoming, she has exhibitions at Onsite Gallery, Museum London and a curatorial project at Trinity Square Video. She earned her BFA from Western University and her MFA from University of Victoria. Jessica Karuhanga lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Jessica Karuhanga, drawing, movement, video (BFA Western; MFA University of Victoria). Jessica Karuhanga will speak about her art practice and inclusion in the current Museum London exhibition of Canadian women’s art Embodiment, and discuss her work with Colin Carney.


Catherine Telford-Keogh, Curator, Artist and Educator Thursday, March 22, 7pm, NCB 113

Catherine Telford-Keogh is an artist currently based in Toronto. She earned her MFA in Sculpture from Yale (2011), MA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Yale (2013) and BA in Fine Art from the University of Waterloo. Her work examines the visual and material language of objects and their relationship to the body through sculpture and video. Selected exhibitions include Roberta Pelan, Toronto, ON; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Bronx Museum, NYC; The Alice, WA; NY Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1; Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NYC; Greenpoint Film Festival, Brooklyn, and a forthcoming project at Evans Contemporary in Peterborough with Troy Michie. She participated in the AIM artist residency at the Bronx Museum in New York in 2013.


For more detailed information see our events calendar.

Location & Parking

Please note that the location of the Art Now lectures has been moved to a higher capacity room in the North Campus Building (NCB-113). NCB is located just south of the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre (VAC). Metered parking is available in the parking lots between VAC & NCB. For more information or directions please see Western's Map Tool and search for "NCB".

Select Videos from the Speakers Series are now availible on YouTube.

Our Partners: Vibrafusion, Lomaa, McIntosh Gallery, SHHRC