People / Arnold Rockman

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.