Mentoring Artists for Women's Art: Theory and Beer: Nostalgia is Dead! Long Live Nostalgia! With Elise Dawson, January 24

Thursday, January 24, 2019


Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Avenue

Free, everyone is welcome to come and join the discussion.

Elise Dawson will lead a discussion of strategies that artists have established to deal with memory, paying particular attention to the relevance and role of nostalgia in local, contemporary, feminist art practices. How do we choose to see, represent and interpret the past as artists moving toward an increasingly conscious understanding of history and the present? Nostalgia can trigger emotions to engage viewers' attention and encourage participation in the artwork, but can nostalgia challenge us?

Reading: Svetlana Boym, "Nostalgia"

Elise Dawson is an artist and arts administrator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba in 2012 before beginning her career in galleries. Last year, Dawson completed an artist residency in Puebla, Mexico and is a 2017-2018 graduate of the Cartae Open School. She recently published her first collection of poetry, SEX DEATH AND, and has a forthcoming exhibition in Winnipeg in December.

About Theory & Beer

It's fun! It's theoretical! And you don't have to drink beer! MAWA presents informal critical discussion led by guest facilitators. Theory and Beer convenes on Thursday evenings, once a month. Each meeting has a text-based focus, with weblinks to readings provided in advance (go to to click on the links). Do the readings beforehand or come to the Legion at 6:15pm and pick up a copy of the text(s). The more familiar you are with the readings, the more the conversation will "cook"! The Legion is wheelchair accessible. People of all genders welcome.