Ethnographic Terminalia 2011

In November 2011, it was all hands on deck as CEREV rented a truck and moved most of our lab over to Eastern Bloc, Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art, to participate in the Ethnographic Terminalia exhibition. If the opening night was any measure, the show was a great success. A Concordia Univeristy shuttle bus ferried delegates from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual meeting at the Palais des congr̬s up to the gallery, and about 400 people attended the opening vernissage. Curators from the Art Gallery of Ontario spoke, artists and anthropologists discussed the works, and new connections were made Рamong disparate ways of thinking and doing ethnography, and among a variety of practitioners and interested audiences. Concordia students participated as volunteer gallery sitters and welcomed visitors, and Media Facilitator Lex Milton captured it all on a live video stream!

CEREV sponsored an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion about the show the next day, featuring faculty from Concordia (Jason Lewis, Alice Jim, Chris Salter, Annette Bhagwati), McGill (Shelley Butler), and University of Toronto (Roger Simon). CEREV student Florencia Marchetti, postdocs Monica Patterson and Joseph Rosen, and director Erica Lehrer also organized a panel at the AAA meetings, discussing their approaches to curating ethnography, with Roger Simon as discussant.

Read a short article about the show here and check back for links to forthcoming reviews in Museum & Curatorial Studies Review, American Anthropologist, and Museum Anthropology Review.

Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence