Bruno Bobak Artist Residency
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Fredericton, New Brunswick
July 23-29, 2018

RITES will be a series of small-scale performances and interventions that respond to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and its permanent collection. In particular, RITES will explore themes of invisibility and silence as they relate to the experiences of making and looking at art, and particularly as they operate in gallery and museum spaces. What does the process of curation erase and how can those erasures be made visible? What is omitted, not shown, or hidden from view? What does it mean to be a “visitor” in a museum? Who is invited? What are the rules, spoke or unspoken, of the visit? How are these rules communicated? How far can the rules be bent? Do the artworks speak? Who can hear them? Who can talk back?

RITES will be ephemeral and mostly improvised and may include workshops, games, readings, tours, recitations, reenactments, inventories, and other experiments designed to provide moments of focus and surprise for visitors and to draw attention to the contexts and assumptions embedded in the museum-going experience. Some will solicit public participation, and all will take place in the galleries where visitors can witness or take part. Where possible, RITES will be labelled like other works in the gallery while they are taking place, and they will be documented here as they are created, resulting in a digital archive of the residency.

More details will be posted here as the residency approaches. Please check back for info.


From “The Faraway Nearby,” by Rebecca Solnit

RITES Recommended Reading/Viewing

The British Museum of Your Stuff, Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, March 26, 2018.
Ending Nostalgia at the Heritage Museum, Leah Sandals, Canadian Art, August 30, 2017.
How a Blind Professor Is Helping Other Sight-Impaired Museum Visitors Experience Art, Emily Wilson, Hyperallergic, January 17, 2018.

Organizations and Collectives
The Disability Visibility Project, managed by Alice Wong.
Guerrilla Girls.
Gynocratic Art Gallery, founded by Danielle Hogan.

Artists & Scholars
La Tanya S. Autry, art historian, curator, and co-creator of these awesome T-shirts
Carmen Papalia, a Social Practice artist who creates non-visual experiences of arts spaces
Christine Herzer, European writer and visual artist who works with language
Titus Kaphar, American visual artist interested in recovering the African-American subject in art history
Anne Procter, founder of Uncomfortable Art Tours
Leah Souffrant, poet and author of Plain, Burned Things
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, creator of “Maintenance Art”