Winnipeg Art Gallery and Video Pool Offer New Thursday Night Program

WINNIPEG, MB. APRIL 8, 2009: Winnipeg's Video Pool Media Arts Centre is home to an unbelievably rich and important resource of Canadian video and media art. Now it's joining forces with The Winnipeg Art Gallery to present a monthly series of media arts nights that explore the connections between various types of art-making practices. Local visual artists will offer new perspectives on Video Pool's archive with these special screenings highlighting long buried gems of the video art genre.

The series launches at 7pm on Thursday, April 16, at The Winnipeg Art Gallery with artist Hope Peterson. As Video Pool’s Distribution Co-ordinator, Peterson has an intimate knowledge of the centre’s collection, and she has dug deeply into their vault to present a collection of new-wave hits that rarely see the light day. A post-screening discussion will follow. The evening is included with the cost of WAG admission; WAG and Video Pool members free.

"Each program will draw on Video Pool's remarkable archive of some 1,800 works to showcase some of Canada's most original artists and videos," says Anna Wiebe, WAG Associate Art Educator. "They will be featured in connection with current Gallery exhibitions. The point is to shine a spotlight on the amazing talent in Winnipeg and to explore how different forms of art-making intersect thematically and conceptually."

"Video Pool is an exemplary organization that holds an impressive collection and I am delighted that this partnership has come to fruition," says Mary Reid, WAG Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography. "This program will be highly stimulating and enriching while at the same time exposing a wider audience to the exceptional work produced by some of the best talent in this country."

"We are really excited about this new program and look forward to sharing our videos and artists with interested Winnipeggers," adds Przemek Pyszczek, Video Pool Programming Co-ordinator.

Video Pool at the WAG nights will also take place on May 21 and June 18.

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