Exploring Black Histories Through Art

with WALL artist Deanna Bowen

Wednesday October 21, 2020

4pm – 5pm


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Join VHF and Night Prowl artist Deanna Bowen for a dialogue about art and Black histories in Vancouver. Deanna’s large-scale public artwork for The WALL, featuring the Blue Sky dance club’s extinguished neon light, built on her 2019 solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, A Harlem Nocturne. Deanna’s extensive research in local archives traced a series of intertwined figures who formed an integral part of the Black entertainment community from the 1940s to 1970s. She mapped a constellation of nightclubs, theatres and hotels where they gathered, many of which have been erased from the city’s physical fabric and collective memory. Deanna will discuss her process and some of the personal histories and places that connected a community. Deanna will be joined by Contemporary Art Gallery Acting Associate Curator Julia Lamare to explore this complex history woven through the city, with an opportunity to ask questions and continue the conversation.

Details of how to join this event will be provided to registered participants. If you have not received the connection email two days before the event, please let us know at mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org.

About the Speaker

Deanna Bowen is a Montreal-based artist whose practice concerns itself with histories of Black experience in Canada and the US. Her recent exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Royal Ontario Museum of Art, Toronto; the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has received several awards most notably Canada Council New Chapter and Ontario Arts Council Media Arts production grants, a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize.

To learn more about The WALL and Deanna Bowen’s installation, Night Prowl (pictured left), click here