Art History Department

Adam Welch



Supervisor:  Elizabeth Legge

Dissertation Title: “Borderline Research”: Art between Canada and the United States, 1965–80

My research centres on the movement of art and ideas between Canada and the United States in the late 1960s and 1970s—a period in the wake of centennial celebrations and ensuing debates around nationalism and cultural imperialism in Canada. I like thinking and writing about minimal, conceptual, and institution-critical art, as well as art systems and relations among artists, curators, museums, galleries, and artist-run centres. Much of my work takes place in archives and in interview. My Master’s thesis—supervised by Jonathan Crary at Columbia University—is an account of the technological work of Vancouver-based artist Rodney Graham. I’ve worked in curatorial departments at the National Gallery of Canada, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and most recently at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto.

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Postwar Canadian and American art and theory

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