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Book Launch

Monday, October 21, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
McIntosh Gallery (MG)

Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums
Kirsty Roberston

Museums are frequently sites of struggle and negotiation. They are key cultural institutions that occupy an oftentimes uncomfortable place at the crossroads of the arts, culture, various levels of government, corporate ventures, and the public. Because of this, museums are targeted by political action but can also provide support for contentious politics. Though protests at museums are understudied, they are far from anomalous. Tear Gas Epiphanies traces the as-yet-untold story of political action at museums in Canada from the early twentieth century to the present. The book looks at how museums do or do not archive protest ephemera, examining a range of responses to actions taking place at their thresholds, from active encouragement to belligerent dismissal. Drawing together extensive primary-source research and analysis, Robertson questions widespread perceptions of museums, strongly arguing for a reconsideration of their role in contemporary society that takes into account political conflict and protest as key ingredients in museum life.

Kirsty Robertson is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at Western University, Canada (London, Ontario). Her pedagogy involves curating large-scale speculative and experimental exhibitions with students, work that she has extended into a number of independent curatorial projects. She has published widely on activism, visual culture and museums, and her book Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Museums, Culture was released in May, 2019. Her work on critical museum studies has expanded into a new project focused on small and micro- collections that work against traditional museum formats. Robertson is also a founding member of the Synthetic Collective, a group of artists, scientists and cultural researchers working on plastics pollution in the Great Lakes Region.
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Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico
C. Cody Barteet

Architectural Rhetoric and the Iconography of Authority in Colonial Mexico investigates the Casa de Montejo and considers the role of the building’s Plateresque façade as a form of visual rhetoric that conveyed ideas about the individual and communal cultural identities in sixteenth-century Yucatán. C. Cody Barteet analyzes the façade within the complex colonial world in which it belongs, including in multicultural Yucatán and the transatlantic world. This contextualization allows for an examination of the architectural rhetoric of the façade, the design of which visualizes the contestations of autonomy and authority occurring among the colonial peoples.

Cody Barteet is Associate Professor of Early Modern Art and Architecture in Latin America and Europe at Western University, Canada (London). His research examines the relationships among architecture, urban forms, maps and textual data. In particular he investigates the exchange of cultural forms between the colonial Maya and occupying colonizers that resulted in new artistic forms in art and in maps. His published work has appeared in many peer-reviewed Canadian and international journals.

McIntosh Gallery
Abby Vincent
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