Ron Tran, Peanut Leopard and Sharks (recreating Mr. Peanut, Lady Brute and Flakey Rosehips for kids to perform), 2011, papier mâché, fabrics, carpet, paint, neoprene and wire, dimensions variable.

Curator talk with Reid Shier

May 16, 2013 – 7pm to 8:30pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present “Vancouver: Art City of the Future?”, a talk by visiting curator Reid Shier on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 pm. The talk is free and all are welcome to attend.

In a forthcoming publication “Art Cities of the Future – 21st Century Avant Gardes”, Phaidon Press has commissioned essays from curators in twelve far-flung global communities in which a critical contemporary art scene has recently emerged. Among the “…cities to watch for: Beirut, Bogotá, Cluj, Delhi, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Lagos, San Juan, São Paulo, Seoul, Singapore and Vancouver.”

Shier reads from his chapter on Vancouver, mapping a short history of its artists and giving his thoughts on ingredients that have contributed to the city’s vibrant art scene. Shier also speaks to Vancouver’s emergence as a test case for a new urban design philosophy, now dubbed “Vancouverism”, positing questions about how the city’s rapid build-out and skyrocketing real estate might continue to nurture its artistic milieu.

Reid Shier is the Director/Curator of Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver. Prior to his current position Shier was Chief Curator of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2004-06), Curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, (2002-04), and Director/Curator of the artist run Or Gallery, Vancouver, (1996-02).

BMO Financial Group is the generous sponsor of Plug In ICA’s lecture series.