Lulu Series: John Patkau
The Changing Nature of Art Galleries and Museums
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00 pm | Richmond City Hall
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Today’s art galleries and museums seek to engage, motivate and inspire a 21st century audience. Visitors to these institutions come for a variety of reasons; they are collaborative thinkers and makers whose interests intersect art, science, technology, design and business. This new kind of audience poses a challenge to traditional museum and gallery practices, and, as such, cultural institutions are called upon to devise new models of engagement to be more agile, flexible and reative in the ways that they present content.
Vancouver-based Patkau Architects has been designing art galleries and museums for more than 30 years. Their portfolio includes the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Ontario, Audain Art Museum in Whistler, Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver and Thunder Bay Art Gallery project. Their work also reflects the evolution of art gallery and museum design as it has shifted from spaces of display and preservation toward a new place of cultural commons. Galleries and museums are now dynamic sites of expression where the boundaries between disciplines and cultural product, production and consumption, are being redefined, broken and even eliminated.
John Patkua is an architect and co-founder of Patkau Architects. He is responsible for directing the activities of the firm and, with his partner Patricia, for providing design leadership from inception to completion. One of North America’s foremost designers, his contributions to the practice of architecture have been recognized by numerous awards including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for lifetime achievement and Membership in the Order of Canada for significant contribution to Canadian culture. Internationally, he has also been made an Honorary Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1996, John represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.
Richmond-based tar and sitar player Ali Razmi will grace the stage preceding this talk. Ali holds a Masters degree in music from the Art University of Tehran and has played around the world, including Iran, Azerbaijan, India, Turkey and the United States. His performance will include a Persian sitar and Sufi songs.