Art meets marketing meets politics
If you're visiting Ottawa this summer and are interested in art and politics, you have a couple of options. You can go see Chretien's new portrait at Centre Block, or you can go to the new Pop Life exhibit, opening next week at the National Gallery of Canada.
I've written in today's paper about how the main theme of the show -- where art meets marketing -- is not that different from the Conservatives' fusion of marketing and politics. This has become an enduring subject of interest for me -- last week, at the Congress of Humanities conference in Montreal, within the meetings of the Canadian Political Science Association, we got to hear more about where academics such as Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Anna Esselment are taking their studies in political marketing. It's a relatively new subject in Canada -- you can follow some of the ideas on a Facebook page. Or wait for the book that's in the works now.