Glenn Alteen



Curator, Producer, Writer

Roles at grunt

Founder (1984), Program Director (1984 – 2020), Curator (1984 – 2020)


Glenn Alteen is a Vancouver-based curator, producer, writer, and past Program Director of grunt gallery (1984-2020). He has worked extensively with performance art and was cofounder of LIVE Performance Biennial (1999, 2001, 2003, and 2005). Alteen has published art criticism and cultural commentary for the past 40 years. His writing has been recently published in Other Places—Reflections on Media Art in Canada (MANO, 2019), Wordless (grunt, 2019), and Unceded Territories (MOA, 2016). Alteen has been involved in archival projects as a producer of websites including Beat Nation (grunt gallery, 2009), Ruins in Process -Vancouver Art in the 60s (Belkin Gallery, UBC and grunt gallery, 2009), Activating The Archive (grunt gallery, 2011), Taking Advantage—The Mainstreeters (Presentation House and grunt gallery, 2014), and Wordless (grunt gallery, 2019). As a curator, Alteen has produced performances and exhibitions including An Indian Act Shooting the Indian Act—Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (grunt and Locus+, 1997-98), Ablakela—Dana Claxton (Western Front and grunt, 2001), and Victorious—Rebecca Belmore (grunt, HIVE, and National Arts Centre, 2006, 2007). In 2018, Alteen was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Practice.

Vancouver Art Gallery, 2021

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