Critic, curator, educator. Arnold Rockman was a professor of sociology at York University. Rockman curated the exhibition Random Sample, N=42 (1968) at the University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery. The everyday objects included in the show were chosen at random by various processes of elimination by Rockman’s students at York University. Influenced by the theories of Marshall McLuhan, Rockman was interested in exploring the role of the institution in shaping meaning and creating cognitive dissonance in the viewer via unexpected juxtapositions.
Discrete project sites documenting the work of specific artists and collectives in detail.
Essays and conversation providing a context for exploring the Project Sites and Archives.
Video interviews conducted between December 2008 and May 2009 reflecting on Vancouver’s art scene in the sixties.