Authors on Art in partnership with the Oakville Public Library
Wednesday 11 April 2018, 7:00 pm

Oakville Public Library, Central Branch Auditorium

Join us for our Authors on Art series with acclaimed writer Sheila Heti. Held alongside Sara Cwynar's exhibition, which uses film and photography to explore the potent emotional and aspirational charge of material consumption, this talk sees Heti pose the question “Should Artists Shop or Stop Shopping?" Is shopping a form of creativity, and if it is, what is the shopper creating? Is the shopper a creator like the artist is a creator? Can one be an artist of shopping? What would the artist of shopping look like, and what would the artist of not shopping look like? What could each artist teach us, and which one is the better artist?

This event is free of charge.


Sheila Heti is the author of eight books, including the critically acclaimed How Should a Person Be? and the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. Her other books include a play, a short story collection, a novella, a book of conversational philosophy, and a children's book. In May 2018 she will publish her new novel, Motherhood. She is the former Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine and reviews books for the London Review of Books , Bookforum, The New Yorker and the New York Times.

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Sara Cwynar

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

In her first museum exhibition in Canada, Sara Cwynar presents her acclaimed works Soft Film (2016) and Rose Gold (2017) alongside her newest film and a suite of recent photographs.

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