Oxygen Art Centre

Free Public Talk by curator Melanie O’Brian

Friday September 14, 2018 at 7.30pm

There will be a free public Lecture preceding a weekend-long Master Class led by Simon Fraser University Art Galleries curator Melanie O’Brian at Oxygen Art Centre. The Lecture will be on Friday September 14, 2018 at Oxygen Art Centre at 7.30pm.

The talk titled The Space Between Art and Audiences: Institutions, Curating and Writing looks at the space between Art and Audiences and will consider the space of the publication, specifically through O’Brian’s two decades of work in public galleries as a curator and director.  O’Brian states “Publishing is an act of making something known. In negotiating the space between art and audiences, it is the curator’s role to publish art and its ideas through exhibitions, books, screenings, and other institutional and non-institutional platforms”.

Melanie O’Brian is a curator and administrator, with a master’s degree in art history from the University of Chicago. Director of the Simon Fraser University Art Galleries since 2012 O’Brian moved back to Vancouver from Toronto where she was curator of and head of programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Previous to being in Toronto O’Brian was director/curator at Vancouver’s Artspeak one of Canada’s leading artist-run centers and before that she worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery.