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"I Almost Ran Over Liza Minnelli Today": In Conversation with Lisa Steele

November 19, 2022
12:30 - 5PM

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Artist Lisa Steele and curator Jon Davies will discuss the accompanying exhibition of her work created with Colin Campbell from 1976-77.

Lisa Steele and Colin Campbell created a distinctive genre of performance-based, personal narrative video art that became synonymous with the Toronto scene during video art’s adolescence in the early 1970s. Their tapes mined individual and cultural history in order to fashion the self as a sort of bricolage—between what Campbell referred to as internal and external fiction.

In 1976, with help from a Canada Council grant, they drove a VW station wagon from Toronto to L.A., where they lived until 1977 producing a series of videos that would mark a pivotal point in their careers. This conversation between artist Lisa Steele and curator Jon Davies will focus on this time period, and the work being shown in Or Gallery’s exhibition, “I Almost Ran Over Liza Minnelli Today”: Colin Campbell and Lisa Steele in L.A., 1976-77, which will be on display from November 19 – January 28, 2023.

The talk will take place from 12:30-1:30PM, and registration through our Eventbrite is encouraged due to limited seating. Please join us afterwards for a reception in our bookstore to be followed by the opening reception of the exhibition until 5PM.