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Art Now: Mary Kavanagh



March 13, 12:00pm - 01:00pm

Art Now with Mary Kavanagh 
Wednesday, March 13 | 12 - 12:50 PM 

University of Lethbridge, Recital Hall 
Can't make it to campus for the lecture? Catch it livestreaming at Casa in the ATB Financial Community Room

Daughters of Uranium, an exhibition by Mary Kavanagh, will be discussed at Art Now!

Presented by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the exhibition explores the legacy of the atomic age while considering intergenerational trauma and the body as a site of violence and inscription. Daughters of Uranium is a title redolent of both archaic chemical science and of generations born into an uncertain future. Citing the radioactive decay chain of Uranium 235, widely known for its use in the first atomic bomb, the elements in Uranium's family tree are referred to as "daughters." Cinematic projection, works on paper, and a series of found and fabricated artifacts, are conceptualized as chapters that combine personal and political narratives organized around central themes and historic periods.

Co-curated by Christina Cuthbertson and Lindsey Sharman. Co-organized with the Founders’ Gallery. 

Mary Kavanagh is an artist and Professor in the Department of Art, University of Lethbridge. For over twenty years, Kavanagh's artwork has been presented in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Her research interests include post atomic studies; feminist theory; technologies of war; and histories of science. She has documented military and nuclear sites in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Alaska, Japan and Canada. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has participated in residency programs with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Terre Vivante Art Studio, Italy, and the Canadian Forces Artists Program. In 2017 Kavanagh was awarded a four-year SSHRC Insight Grant for her project, Atomic Tourist: Trinity, which explores nuclear anxiety in the 21st century.

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