The Henri Robideau Gianthropological Resource Centre

Henri Robideau, Hand and Loaf, Vancouver, B.C., from 12 Little Giants, 1973, printed 1980, gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist
June 28, 2016 - October 13, 2016

The Henri Robideau Gianthropological Resource Centre
July 7 to October 13, 2016
Molson Community Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday July 7, 7 to 9 pm
Art for Lunch: The Gigantic in Contemporary Art with Christina Mancuso: September 9, 12:15 to 1 pm. Admission free
Art for Lunch: Artist Talk by Henri Robideau: Friday, September 30, 12:15 to 1 pm. Admission free

In 1973, self-proclaimed “gianthropologist” Henri Robideau set out to document the outsized statuary of North America in a series of pseudo-scientific “digs.” The MacLaren is proud to inaugurate the Henri Robideau Gianthropological Resource Centre, an exhibition-turned-reading-room intended to explore themes from Farther Afield and Road Trip. Robideau’s series, The Pancanadienne Gianthropological Survey, highlights the ways in which Canadian artists have critically and conceptually interrogated the landscape tradition from the 1970s onwards. With photographic postcards and bookworks from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition highlights the contribution of Vancouver-based photographer Henri Robideau to this evolving form.

Henri Robideau is a senior Canadian photographer. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Robert Frank Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Surrey Art Gallery. Recent exhibitions include grunt gallery (2015) and Presentation House Gallery (2012) in Vancouver. Robideau taught at Emily Carr University from 1979 to 2015.

Exhibition-Related Events

The Gigantic in Contemporary Art with Christina Mancuso
Friday, September 9,12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free
Join MacLaren Education Officer Christina Mancuso and learn all about the gigantic in art from the Pop Art of Oldenburg to the monumental presence of Mueck’s figurative works. A short tour of Henri Robideau’s work in The Gianthropological Resource Centre will follow.

Christina Mancuso has a MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a BFA from Concordia University in Montréal. As a museum educator, college art professor and art teacher (K to 12), she possesses a wide range of skills and experiences. She has led many community arts initiatives engaging participants from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Mancuso has been the head of the MacLaren Art Centre’s Education Department since 2009.

Art for Lunch: Artist Talk by Henri Robideau
Friday, September 30, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free
In conjunction with his exhibition at the MacLaren, Vancouver artist Henri Robideau, a self-proclaimed “gianthropologist”, presents on his practice of documenting the outsized statuary of North America.

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