WAG Celebrates Centennial with Show of Contemporary Winnipeg Artists

Winnipeg, MB, September 5, 2012: The Winnipeg Art Gallery kicks off its Centennial celebrations with an exhibition that takes the pulse of our city’s vibrant arts scene. The 13 artists who are creating new works for Winnipeg Now all have one thing in common—they either live or have lived in Winnipeg. The public opening takes place at 7pm, Saturday, September 29, at the WAG’s Nuit Blanche, part of the national Culture Days event. 

“For a century the WAG has been supporting and encouraging local artists and it is with no small sense of pride that we have watched over the decades as Winnipeg has earned a world-wide reputation as a hot bed for contemporary art” says WAG Executive Director Stephen Borys.  “Our artists exhibit in galleries across the globe in a wide range of disciplines with a high calibre of creative practice and expertise, all of which you will see in Winnipeg Now.”

What audiences will see includes filmmaker Guy Maddin shooting a film a day in the Gallery for 18 days in the newest stage of his Séances project, a reinvention of lost films. Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan will be performing unconventional readings from a story-telling corner. Then there is the magical forest of KC Adams’ porcelain forest of corporate-lit trees. Michael Dudeck links the conventions of museum display with ritual performance in his role as a queer artist witchdoctor, while Kent Monkman uses the diorama format of the natural history museum to investigate his own background as a gay, aboriginal artist. Other artists in the show are Sarah Anne Johnson, Dominique Rey, Paul Butler, Rodney LaTourelle, Marcel Dzama, Jennifer Stillwell, and Daniel Barrow.

“This show is a measure of what art-making looks like in this city in 2012,” say guest-curators Meeka Walsh and Robert Enright. “Whether the artists are living here or away, a spirit of risk-taking and invention permeates their work. The younger generation of artists has adopted a hybridized approach to art-making that resists categorical boundaries and combines a number of art practices. Audiences will be surprised and challenged by what they will see in this exhibition.”

Winnipeg Now Related Programming
Details at wag100.ca

Drop-In Weekend Tours • 2pm • Oct 6, 21, 28 / Nov 10, 18 / Dec 2

Art for Lunch • Wednesdays at 12:10pm
Oct 17 • Exhibition tour with curators Meeka Walsh and Robert Enright
Oct 31 • Artist talk with filmmaker and writer Guy Maddin

Talks
Sat, Sept 29, 8pm at Nuit Blanche• Panel discussion with artists Sarah Anne Johnson, Paul Butler, Michael Dudeck, and Guy Maddin
Fri, Nov 16, 7pm • Panel discussion with artists KC Adams, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, and Dominique Rey.

Art Eats
Thurs, Oct 25 / Thurs, Nov 29, 6-9pm • Dinner at Storm Bistro followed by a tour of Winnipeg Now. Reservations at 204.786.6641, ext 227

Art Workshops
Sun, Nov 4, 10am-4pm • Paper Clay with KC Adams or Performance with Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan. Registraton at 204.789.1766

Winnipeg Design Festival
Fri, Sept 21, 8pm • 10X20X10 • Artists from Winnipeg Now will each present 20 slides lasting 20 seconds each.

RBC Royal Bank is the presenting sponsor for Winnipeg Now.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following centennial sponsors: The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Great-West Life Assurance Company, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism,  Investors Group Inc., Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker Ltd., AON Reid Stenhouse Inc., Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.

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For information, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Communications and Marketing
204.789.1767
communications-manager@wag.ca

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