A curator and writer based in San Francisco, where she is Curator and Head of Programs at the CCA Wattis Institute. Nguyen was formerly Director/Curator of Artspeak from 2011-2016. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogues and periodicals nationally and internationally, with recent texts in catalogues published by Pied-à-Terre (San Francisco), Gluck 50/Mousse (Milan), and the Herning Museum of Art (Denmark). Nguyen is the recipient of the 2015 Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Emerging Curators in Contemporary Canadian Art and the 2016 Joan Lowndes Award from the Canada Council for the Arts for excellence in critical and curatorial writing.
Jeanne Randolph is one of Canada’s foremost cultural theorists. She is the author of the influential book Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming (1991) as well as Symbolization and Its Discontents (1997), Why Stoics Box, (2003), and Ethics of Luxury (2007). Dr. Randolph is also known as an engaging lecturer and performance artist. In universities and galleries across Canada, England, Australia, and Spain she has spoken on topics ranging from the aesthetics of Barbie dolls to the philosophy of Wittgenstein.
Shopping Cart Pantheism Book Launch
May 16, 2015
Glorifying consumerism as the de facto religion of our time, Shopping Cart Pantheism (ARP Books, 2015) offers a preposterous yet challenging invitation to participate in commodity worship. As our narrator meanders the Las Vegas Strip, its sites and monuments become examples of Christian sainthood, miracles, worship, and dogma now transformed into icons of consumerism. Satiric, witty, and deeply insightful, Shopping Cart Pantheism reveals the fraught beginnings of the twenty-first century’s most pervasive neurosis.
Artspeak will also launch Out of Psychoanalysis: Ficto-Criticism 2005-2015 at this event.
Title: Out of Psychoanalysis: Ficto-Criticism 2005 to 2015
Writer: Jeanne Randolph
Editors: Kim Nguyen
Design: Hodgkinson Design
Printer: East Van Printing
Year published: 2015
Binding: Perfect Bound
Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 1 cm
Weight: 174 g
Out of Psychoanalysis is an updated and expanded collection of essays and ficto-criticism from Winnipeg-based cultural critic Jeanne Randolph. Composed between 2005-2015, the texts include psychoanalytic responses to contemporary art exhibitions, a collection of vignettes, lamentations on capitalism, and a contrived history of Canadian ficto-criticism. The books address a diverse range of subjects including the Cucumber Mosaic virus, Bob Dylan, Sigmund Freud, insects at the bottom of a river in Winnipeg, and the colour blue.