THEN + THEN AGAIN
Practices within an artist-run culture 1969-2006
AN INAUGURAL PRESENTATION - TOURING RETROSPECTIVE
10 January to 17 February 2007
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, 21A Queen Street,
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
13 January to 6 February 2007
Project Room, Union Gallery, Stauffer Library, Queen’s
University, Kingston, Ontario
13 January 2007
FORUM- 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Union Gallery,
Stauffer Library, Queen’s University, Kingston.
Guest panelists Johanna Householder, Tobias c van
Veen, and Clive Robertson.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION VIEWING - 6:00 - 8:00
p.m., Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
RECEPTION 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., Joy Supper Club,
178 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario
Then + Then Again is a touring retrospective of individual
and curatorial projects created by the artist, curator,
and critic Clive Robertson between 1969 and 2006.
The exhibition comprises print, audio, and video
documentation. Print documents include photographs,
performance scores, programs, posters, and correspondence;
audio documents include interviews with artists,
curators, critics, and arts administrators, as well
as audio art and alternative music; the video documents
include works of video art and documentary productions.
The exhibition stems from a project started by Robertson
in 1999 to organize and create a personal art production
archive. This remains the overall goal of the exhibition,
which will be deposited as a collection into a public
archive upon its completion. As explained by Robertson, “The
larger objective of this touring exhibition and its
publication is to create new knowledge about ongoing
approaches to contemporary art production.” This
will be accomplished through the numerous documented
art organizational strategies highlighted in Then
+ Then Again. In step with this goal, many of the
materials within the exhibition will be made available
to the public as multiples, both within and outside
of the exhibition spaces. During the next year, the
exhibition will tour across Canada and be featured
at artist-run centres in Québec City, St.
Catharines, Peterbourogh, Windsor, Toronto, Ottawa,
On 13 January 2007, a public forum in conjunction
with the exhibition will be held at Union Gallery,
with guest panelists Tobias c van Veen, Johanna Householder,
and Clive Robertson. The panel is to address several
questions, including: how does an art premised on
social exchange appear within local and international
artist-curatorial practices; how and why are relationships
between contemporary art and alternative cultural
practices developed; and how useful and necessary
are the mentoring and collaborative processes that
help define artist-run practices? An adjunct exhibition
featuring additional audio documentation will also
be held in the Project Room of the Union Gallery
during the show’s run in Kingston. Following
the exhibtion receptions, an illustrated catalogue
with essays by Kirsten Forket and Clive Robertson
will be published by Modern Fuel and distributed
by Art Metropole.
For further information please contact Gjen Snider,
Program Director at 613-548-4883.
This exhibition is made possible by funding from
the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts
The provincial tour is funded through the 2006 Ontario
Arts Council - Touring & Collaborations Program.
Project Supervision: Gjen Snider. Production Assistance:
Sarah Smith, Lisa Visser, Matt Rogalsky, James Greatrex,
Michael Davidge, Troy Leaman and Carla Henderson.
Production Support, thanks to: v/tape (Toronto),
Union Gallery, George Richardson Taylor Memorial
Fund, Human Media Lab, Meteor Painting Inc, Glidden
Paints, The Joy Supper Club, and Alley Cat Antiques.