Radial Change: Beginning with the Seventies

Beginning with the Seventies: Radial Change

June 22-August 12, 2018

Belkin Art Gallery

How is an archive formed? Memories of performance often exceed the containment of the document, whether photography, film, prop or testimony. As communities disperse and regroup over time, figures may slip away from the centre. Circling around the embodied archive, the exhibition Radial Change is drawn from the title of a dance work by Helen Goodwin. Evann Siebens and Michael de Courcy have created new works in film, photography, sound and performance to explore the elusive histories of Goodwin’s choreography and her influence on the interdisciplinary art scene of the 1970s. Works and objects from the Belkin’s collection and archive track the performance of alter egos and overturn gender constructs, including Kate Craig’s film record of the final death-defying flight of Lady Brute and Jin-Me Yoon’s Hey You, Ya You! (Jimmie Yoo), among many others.

Beginning with the Seventies: Radial Change is curated by Lorna Brown and is the second of four exhibitions based upon the Belkin Art Gallery’s research project investigating the 1970s, an era when social movements of all kinds – feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ rights, access to health services and housing – began to coalesce into models of self-organization that overlapped with the production of art and culture. Noting the resurgence of art practice involved with social activism and an increasing interest in the 1970s from younger producers, the Belkin has connected with diverse archives and activist networks to bring forward these histories, to commission new works of art and writing and to provide a space for discussion and debate.

The Beginning with the Seventies project is made possible with the generous support of the Vancouver Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, our Belkin Curator’s Forum members and the Department of Canadian Heritage Young Canada Works Program.


Michael de Courcy, Photograph of Helen Goodwin, 1968. Courtesy of the artist.

Kate Craig, Flying Leopard (film still), 1972/2015. Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, gift of Hank Bull.


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