The Memorialist: Keynote Address

21 February, 2019, 7:00pm

D'Arcy Wilson, (excerpt from) Museology, 2015-2016, archival inkjet print on paper. Documentation by Chris Friel

MacAloney Room (406), 4th Floor, Dalhousie Arts Centre

The Memorialist: Keynote Address is a performance that accompanies the exhibition The Memorialist by D’Arcy Wilson. Departing from the lecture hall as a traditional site of knowledge exchange and academic research, Wilson employs the podium to deliver a lecture about the first public zoo in North America: Andrew Downs' Zoological Gardens. Yet, facts break down into storytelling, oscillating between truth and whimsy, while addressing Andrew Downs’ early ideals of wildlife conservation. The hour-long PowerPoint is comprised of imagery and new media created and collected by Wilson, that laments the colonial mistreatment of nature, presenting narratives of conflicting care and harm that fueled the artist’s research.

The performance will be followed by a reception in the Gallery, with a community welcome to Laura Ritchie, Director/Curator of MSVU Art Gallery. (8:00-9:30 PM)

Refreshments will be provided, as well as a cash bar. Free Admission.

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