Lectures and Talks

Art Connects | Re-Opening Museums In A Post-COVID World

Fri May 22 6:30 PM

Vancouver Art Gallery

From top to bottom, left to right: Daniel Szehin Ho, Lisa Movius, Karen Smith and

Tina Pang

Friday, May 22 | 6:30 PM


SPEAKERS: Daniel Szehin Ho, Lisa Movius, Tina Pang and Karen Smith

Stay home. Stay safe. Stay connected with our new series of online gatherings, Art Connects!

As the Province of British Columbia begins to lay out a series of steps for re-opening cultural institutions, what does a post-COVID museum world look like?

In this special edition of Art Connects, the Gallery invites colleagues from museums and news outlets in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Xi’an to discuss the realities of re-opening in the midst of a pandemic. Panelists will discuss their cities’ and institutions’ preparations for recovery and re-opening; navigating the concerns of returning visitors; and the importance of consistent messaging and communication during times of crisis.

This event is part of Virtual explorASIAN 2020.

This Art Connects will be presented at a special time to accommodate our panelists and viewers tuning in from different time zones.

In conversation with Melissa Lee, Director of Education and Public Programs.

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Daniel Szehin Ho is an editor, writer and translator based in Hong Kong. He is currently in charge of publications at Tai Kwun, where he has produced artists’ books and other publications, as well as director of BOOKED: Hong Kong Art Book Fair, an annual art book fair produced by Tai Kwun Contemporary which brings together artists and art publishers from Hong Kong, Asia and around the world. He is also co-founder and now editor-at-large at Ran Dian, a bilingual online and print magazine on contemporary art in China and beyond; and contributed texts to a number of art magazines, including Frieze, Art Forum, Broadsheet, Art Agenda, and Kaleidoscope.

Lisa Movius is an arts journalist who currently works as the China Bureau Chief and Asia Correspondent for the international edition of The Art Newspaper. Based in Shanghai since 1998, she previously covered Chinese music, theatre, film, literature and fashion as a regular contributor to the WSJ, WWD and Art in America. She has also worked as a journalism professor and a rock bar manager.

Tina Pang is Curator, Hong Kong Visual Culture at M+, due to open in 2021. She is currently planning the new museum’s opening displays of Hong Kong visual culture. Her curatorial projects have also included the M+ Pavilion exhibition, Ambiguously Yours: Gender in Hong Kong popular culture (2017).

Karen Smith is a British curator and art historian specialized in the field of contemporary Chinese art. Currently residing in Shanghai, she has been based in China since 1992. She is appointed founding director of OCAT Xi’an, a contemporary art museum under the OCAT Museum Group. In recent years, she has also been involved with directing the exhibition program at Shanghai Center of Photography, founded 2015. Smith has contributed writings to a wide array of publications, including artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, and thematic surveys of art movements. Texts appear in Art Now Volume 4 (Taschen, 2013); Vitamin D2 (Phaidon, 2012); Vitamin P2 (Phaidon, 2011) and numerous other similar volumes. She is author of the volume on Ai Weiwei in the Phaidon contemporary artist series (2009) as well as her own books: Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China (2008) and the series As Seen: Notable Artworks by Chinese Artists (2011; 2013; 2015).


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