Virtual Curator’s Tour with Lisa Baldiserra

February 27, 2022


Join Griffin Art Projects’ Director, Lisa Baldissera for a live virtual curator’s tour of Griffin’s current exhibition, Per Diem: The Gerd Metzdorff Collection.

Ranging from drawing, painting, photography, installation and sculpture, Gerd Metzdorff’s collection was drawn together over a period of more than thirty years. Originally derived from Metzdorff’s modest savings of the per diems provided to him by the airline where he was employed as a steward, he purchased work by some of the most important European and Canadian artists working today, often starting at the beginning of their careers and developing lifelong friendships with them. The collection is presented to the public for the first time at Griffin Art Projects. With the passing of this enigmatic and remarkable Vancouver-based collector who collected art beginning in the 1980s, and with more than 200 works to choose from, this stunning collection features luminaries such as Linda Benglis, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Donald Judd and numerous others. 

Lisa Baldissera has worked as an independent curator, consultant and writer, and in curatorial roles in public art galleries in Western Canada since 1999, including Senior Curator at Contemporary Calgary (2014-16) and Chief Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon (2012-14). She was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria from 1999 to 2009, where she produced more than fifty exhibitions of local, Canadian, and international artists. She holds MFAs in Creative Writing (UBC) and Art (University of Saskatchewan) and recently completed a PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Baldissera has served on contemporary art juries across Canada, including the Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards, the Sobey Art Award, British Columbia Arts Council and as a guest of the British Arts Council outreach program. Recent curatorial projects include, Person/ne on Arendtian forms of care, citizenship and personhood for Griffin Art Projects, and in 2017, UTOPIA FACTORY, which considered issues of urban planning, monuments, public art and reconciliation in the building of a new art gallery and WILD: Fabricating a Frontier (with M:ST and Calgary Underground Film Festival), which complicated frontier narratives in contested zones and settler colonial contexts.


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February 27, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm