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6:00PM to 7:00 PM

Western Front

303 8 AVE E, Vancouver, BC V5T 1S1

We're excited to host this special event in collaboration with EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society, M:ST Performative Art and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary for the Vancouver launch of Rita McKeough: Works at Western Front.

Edited by Diana Sherlock, this critical monograph documents McKeough’s collaborative artistic process and pedagogy from the late 1970s on; her interactions with visual and media arts communities in Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary, particularly alternative music and performance scenes; and the audio, installation and performance work that is her ongoing contribution to the contemporary Canadian art community. The book includes contributions from Anthea Black, Eli D. Campanaro, Elizabeth Diggon, Johanna Householder, Areum Kim, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Deidre Logue, Jude Major, Rita McKeough, Jeanne Randolph, Mary Scott, and Diana Sherlock as well as a vinyl record of audio works from several of McKeough's performances and installations.

Both Rita McKeough and Diana Sherlock will be present for a conversation about the book and her practice, especially as it pertains to In Bocca al lupo, a ninety minute operatic performance/installation with a six piece choir, two solo vocalists, three musicians, six dancers, a prerecorded audio tape and slide and video projections, which McKeough produced with Western Front in 1991.

Books will also be available for purchase at McKeough’s solo exhibition at Richmond Art Gallery with a reception on Friday 19 July at 7 PM and an artist talk on Sunday 21 July at 2 PM.

More details over at the Richmond Art Gallery website.

We acknowledge that this event takes place on occupied and unceded Indigenous land belonging to Coast Salish peoples. Unceded means that this land was never surrendered, relinquished or handed over in any way. We recognize that the unceded land that this event takes place on includes the territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh, and Kwikwetlem Nations.