Reading the Gallery | Re: UNION

October 24, 2019 - 2:30 pm

Union Gallery presents: Reading the Gallery

Over the 2019-2020 season, the Union Gallery will be hosting a reading group in conjunction with each exhibition. By collectively reading a short text out loud, followed by an informal conversation, we will explore the critical relationship between art and theory. In reading and thinking together we will consider the ways in which galleries can be sites of knowledge production and dissemination, and offer us ways to situate our practices as scholars, students and artists.

First Installment | Re: UNION

The 25th anniversary of the Union Gallery offers the occasion to reflect on its mandate as a responsive resource for
enhanced experiential learning by connecting artistic culture across campus, curriculum and the broader Kingston
community. The animating questions for the first iteration of the Reading the Gallery ask: What has the Union Gallery meant for students, scholars and artists over the past 25 years? What is the role of artist run and student spaces more broadly? How do we assure that they remain sites of enrichment and transformation?

To begin to tease out these questions we will be reading “Imperfect Compliance: A Trajectory of Transformation” by Dana Claxton and Tania Willard. This essay, as a response to the 2012 conference Institutions by Artists, offers a generative critique of artist run centre culture through a critical decolonizing lens and offers a framework for examining the Union Gallery as an art institution and a springboard to imagine the future of this space.


These events will be free and open to the public. All are encouraged and welcome to attend. Copies of the reading will be provided. Participants are encouraged to RSVP to and will receive a copy of the reading in advance which they are welcome, but by no means required, to look over.