SUM gallery to open Time-Lapse retrospective for disability arts trailblazer Geoff McMurchy October 29

Stir Arts and Culture Vancouver | Oct 20, 2020

Subtitled Posthumous Conversations, the show and talks pay tribute to the late artist

SUM Gallery presents Time-Lapse: Posthumous Conversations—A Geoff McMurchy Retrospective from October 29 to December 1

VANCOUVER’S SUM gallery has announced a major exhibition and events to pay memorial tribute to late disability arts pioneer Geoff McMurchy.

Curated by Yuri Arajs, Persimmon Blackbridge, and SD Holman, the event is copresented with Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture and All Souls at Mountainview Cemetery. As well as timed entries to the exhibit itself, there will be curators tours, talks, and other events looking at McMurchy’s legacy.

McMurchy was known for his elaborate art assemblages, often made of pieces salvaged as he wheeled around the city’s alleyways.

The founding artistic director of Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture and a member of the city’s LGBTQ2SIA community, McMurchy died in 2015, having influenced a generation of artists in the community. An accomplished dancer and visual artist, he had suffered an accident in 1977 that left him quadriplegic.

Only later, in Vancouver, did he find his creative voice again and spent 15 years working toward accessibility and equal rights with the B.C. Coalition of People With Disabilities.