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The Role of Cultural Institutions in an Age of Populism

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6331 Crescent Road

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This special Wall Associate dinner forum is in honour of Martin Roth (1955-2017), who was to be the 2017 Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC.

“The Role of Cultural Institutions in an Age of Populism – celebrating the legacy of Martin Roth.”

Martin Roth was an internationally-renowned museum director and arts manager who, in 2011, became the first German director of the famed Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which he left in 2016, just as this museum was named the Art Fund museum of the year. His decision was attributed, in part, to his protest of the ‘Brexit’ vote and his concerns for the growing tide of nationalism across Europe and elsewhere. Martin Roth was a true global citizen who engaged in cultural undertakings in all parts of the world, following his deep-seated belief that museums have the duty to engage in pursuing open societies based on universal values. As he put it: ‘Museums cannot be refuges from politics, but rather must be places where arguments for change are contextualised and given depth; they should be platforms from which alternatives can be debated. The history of Europe in the 20th-century shows what happens when museums ignore this aspect of their role’.

Presentations by:
Corrine Hunt, Kwakwaka’wakw/Tlingit artist and curator; Monika Szewczyk, Curator, Rotterdam & Berlin; and renowned Canadian artist Jeff Wall.
Readings by Sima Godfrey, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; and Wall Distinguished Professor Derek Gregory.

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Kurt Huebner, Institute for European Studies; Sima Godfrey, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; Catherine Soussloff, Art History, Visual Art and Theory; and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

The event will take place in the Peter Wall Institute Conference Room (Sage East). Pre-dinner refreshments will be available at 6:00 pm. The presentations will begin at 6:30 pm. A complimentary dinner will be served shortly after 7:30 pm.

Seating is limited, and by invitation only. Wall Associates are welcome to bring a guest. If you plan to attend, please register by October 18.

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