Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic.ca
Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic aims to explore the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the exhibition, acquisition and preservation of feminist artwork by Ontario's public art galleries. In December 2008, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG), in collaboration with Carla Garnet, organized a symposium that invited women curators, museum professionals and artists to bring attention to this topic, "Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic." Nine Canadian women visual art professionals were invited to speak at the symposium.
An additional presentation from Carmen Mörsch, an international arts educator and researcher, is also included, presented in February 2010. The purpose of this website is to publish the transcripts, video and audio recordings of this symposium online, making them publicly available to engage a wider audience. We encourage visitors to engage with these critical practices and important presentations, as well as the additional resources and links provided by the presenters.
Carla Garnet, Christine Conley, Pamela Edmonds, Johanna Householder, Kristina Huneault, Sophie Hackett, Suzy Lake, Emelie Chhangur, Allyson Mitchell, and Carmen Mörsch.
The Ontario Association of Art Galleries
OAAG is a registered charitable organization. Established in 1968, OAAG was incorporated in Ontario by letters patent on October 9, 1970. The Charitable Objects from the Letters Patent are:
- To encourage cooperation between member galleries and museums
- To encourage cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council and similar agencies
- To assist in the development of visual art centres in the province of Ontario
- To promote high standards of excellence and uniform methods in the care and presentation of art
- To serve as an advisory body in matters of professional interest in the province of Ontario
- To be a vital and effective advocate for Ontario's dynamic public art galleries, serving and representing our members across the province as valued and essential centres of art and learning.
- To serve and represent Ontario's public art galleries as valued, essential, cultural and educational resources
- To actively advocate for Ontario’s public art galleries
- To promote dialogue and collaboration among OAAG members
- To build and support responsive relationships between Ontario’s public art galleries and the public, volunteers, cultural trustees, granting agencies, government and media
- To encourage the highest standards for the care, preservation and presentation of the visual arts within Ontario’s public art galleries
- To promote art gallery and cultural work as valuable professions
- To recognize and celebrate excellence in the work of Ontario’s public art galleries