James Ellis – The Atlas Project: Calgary’s Art Underground

Thursday, March 24 - 12:00 PM

Jim Ellis, director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, will discuss the CIH’s Calgary Atlas Project.  The Atlas Project documents alternative, over-looked, or lesser-known histories of Calgary in the form of maps, exploring the rich diversity of Calgary’s past.  Local historians identify forty sites connected with a particular history, and then a local artist interprets that history in the form of a map.  Six maps have been produced thus far, looking at LGBTQ2S+ history, alternative art, labour history, First Nations’ participation in the Stampede, architecture, and forgotten cinemas. Ellis will be joined by the artists Leslie Sweder, Mark Dicey and Janet Turner, who make up the drawing collective, Drunken Paw as well as the writer, Diana Sherlock, to discuss the original artwork for Calgary’s Art Underground: Place | Time | Art | A Guide.

Jim Ellis is professor of English at the University of Calgary and director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, Canada’s oldest humanities institute.  The CIH has acted as a bridge between the university and the community for over forty years, promoting the values of humanistic inquiry and civic conversation.  Ellis is the author of books on renaissance poetry and British film, and has edited a series of books on environmental issues.

This talk will be presented live via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 990 7821 5923

Passcode: Nickle

ATLAS III, 2021 (in progress in the Drunken Paw art studio). Ink (India, ballpoint, white), whiteout tape, graphite, Letraset, collage on paper. Photo courtesy of Drunken Paw, 2021.

ATLAS II, 2021 (in progress in the Drunken Paw art studio). Ink (India, ballpoint, white), whiteout tape, graphite, Letraset, collage on paper. Photo courtesy of Drunken Paw, 2021.

The Alternative Art Map in progress in the Drunken Paw art studio. Courtesy of Drunken Paw, 2021.

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