Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Art Foundation Announce Asia Contemporary Speaker Series

Toronto, ON - November 9, 2012 – The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Art Foundation jointly announced today the launch of the Asia Contemporary Speaker Series. The series sets out to explore the rapid rise of contemporary Asian art as part of a broader, global shift in economic and political weight toward Asia.

The Asia Contemporary Speaker Series, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, will bring five recognized leaders in the field of contemporary art to speak in cities across Canada. This series is presented in collaboration with institutions and galleries across the country. This inaugural lecture, presented with the Art Gallery of Ontario, will be given by Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, Senior Advisor for Global Policy Programs at the Guggenheim Foundation and Former President and CEO of the Asia Society, on November 14, 2012 in Toronto.

Other speakers include Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Asia Art Archive; Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art; Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum; and Zheng Shengtian, Managing Editor, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

“These nationwide talks will provide an opportunity for individuals across the country to hear from leading experts about the compelling story of the rise of Asia on the international art scene and to better understand this phenomenon. This series would not have been possible without the contribution of Hank Bull, Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, who has played an instrumental role in the organization of these talks and in bringing together the Canadian Art Foundation and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada,” says Ann Webb, Executive Director, Canadian Art Foundation

“We are delighted to partner with the Canadian Art Foundation to bring these distinguished speakers to Canada to share their insights on the interaction of contemporary Asian art and the profound economic and social changes in the region, ” says Yuen Pau Woo, President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. “As Canadians pay more attention to our relations with Asia, it is critical to also have a deeper understanding of our artistic and cultural ties across the Pacific.”

 This series is presented within the joint context of the Canadian Art Foundation’s International Speaker Series and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s National Conversation on Asia.

Speaker Schedule at a Glance 

Vishakha N. Desai, Senior Advisor for Global Policy Programs, Guggenheim Foundation
“Asian Art in Global Context: The Role of Contemporary Art in Rapidly Changing Economies and Cultures”
Presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:00p.m.

Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Asia Art Archive
“Hong Kong as Cultural Construction Site: A View from Asia Art Archive”
Presented in collaboration with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal
Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 7:00p.m. 

Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
“ON | OFF: The Double Consciousness of China’s Newest Generation of Artists”
Presented in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Monday, March 11, 2013, 7:00p.m.

Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum
“Contemporary Art in Japan: Visions and Views of the Universe”
Presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:00p.m.

Zheng Shengtian, Managing Editor, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
“From Cultural Revolution to Avant-Garde: The Rise of Chinese Contemporary Art”
Presented in collaboration with the Glenbow Museum, Calgary
Thursday, April 17, 2013, 7:00p.m.

For more information visit: http://www.canadianart.ca/foundation/events/

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The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) is an independent, not-for-profit think tank on Canada’s relations with Asia. APF Canada’s National Conversation on Asia is a Canada-wide initiative to get Canadians thinking and talking about what Asia means to Canada. It includes a public-education and policy-development focus. This initiative is generously supported in part by our Founding Partners: Teck, Shell Canada, Manulife Financial and BMO Financial Group; Founding Sponsors: HSBC Bank Canada and Port Metro Vancouver; and Founding Supporters: Port of Halifax, Fiera Capital, Deloitte, Vancouver Airport Authority, Husky Energy, Canadian Pacific, TELUS, Blakes, Cameco and SNC-Lavalin.

The Canadian Art Foundation

The Canadian Art Foundation is the ultimate portal for the exposure of visual arts in Canada. All our efforts are dedicated to providing a destination for artists and art enthusiasts to connect and be inspired by art, in turn creating greater local, national and global visibility for the extraordinary artistic talent in Canada. Our diverse platforms and outreach include the publishing of Canadian Art and canadianart.ca, as well as the presentation of innovative events and educational programs. For more information about the Canadian Art Foundation, visit www.canadianart.ca/foundation

 

For more information, please contact:

Trang Nguyen
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Cell: (604) 323-6781
Email: trang.nguyen@asiapacific.ca

Romina Tina Fontana
Marketing and Communications Director
Canadian Art Foundation
Cell: (416) 414-1580
Email: rfontana@canadianart.ca

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