Winnipeg Now is a pulse-taking exhibition in which equal weight falls on both words in the show’s title: it is a measure of what art-making looks like in this city in 2012. Whether the artists are living here or away, a spirit of risk-taking and invention permeates the work.
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Click here for a review of Kent Monkman's work in the exhibition by Sarah Milroy, Globe & Mail.
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Winnipeg has earned a world-wide reputation as an art-producing centre and artists from here regularly exhibit internationally. Winnipeg Now brings their most recent work home: of the 13 artists in the exhibition, 12 are making new work for this exhibition. Whether it’s the animated model schooner and the technicolour stratosphere of Sarah Anne Johnson’s installation, Guy Maddin’s shooting of a film a day for 4 days on set in the gallery, or KC Adams’s porcelain forest of corporate-lit trees, Winnipeg Now will surprise and challenge audiences with work that hasn’t been seen before. The city’s past is its foundation; innovation is its present.
Historically, the art that Winnipeg’s long-standing reputation rested on was drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography, with celebrated artists like Ivan Eyre, Don Reichert, Aganetha Dyck, Wanda Koop, Eleanor Bond, David McMillan and William Eakin. What the work in this exhibition indicates is that the younger generation of artists has adopted a more hybridized approach to art-making. The result is a collection of work that resists categorical boundaries and combines a number of art practices. Dominique Rey employs photography, video, collage, and even horticulture in her representation of a vanishing religious order of nuns. Paul Butler, who now lives in Montreal, joins video, drawing, writing, and sculpture in an installation that finds a way to record the personal dimensions of his life in a spare and elegant manner. Rodney LaTourelle, who works out of Berlin, will echo in concept and design the interior spaces of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the inside/outside nature of our urban inhabitation.
Northrop Frye, the Canadian literary and cultural theorist, famously said that the centre is where you are. Winnipeg artists believe that, but they also recognize that there are many points of self-definition inside that centre. Winnipeg Now embodies that richness of identity; its artists articulate issues of sexual and cultural difference. Kent Monkman, a gay, aboriginal artist uses the diorama format of the natural history museum to investigate his own background, just as Michael Dudeck links the conventions of museum display with ritual performance in his role as a queer artist witchdoctor. In a more intimate way, the collaborative team of Shawna Dempsey and Lori Millan will perform unconventional readings from a story-telling corner in the gallery.
Jennifer Stillwell’s large paintings occupy a space somewhere between modernism and cake decorating, while Daniel Barrow’s employment of old technologies to project images onto the walls of the gallery makes him absolutely new. Finally, Marcel Dzama’s fascination with Marcel Duchamp has turned his artful eye towards chess as a subject for art. Watch for the moves of his eleven foot tall turning Queen. Checkmate, all around!
Winnipeg Now will mark a new chapter in the ongoing story about how to make art outside the centre, a story that Winnipeg artists have been telling for over a century. The exhibition takes advantage of time; it builds on a past, in the present, to argue an artful future. Winnipeg Now is curated by Meeka Walsh, editor of Border Crossings magazine , and art critic and professor Robert Enright.
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Artists from Winnipeg Now will each present 20 slides lasting 20 seconds each
Friday September 21, 2012 at 8pm
One of the perks of membership. The chance to see Winnipeg Now before anyone else.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm
Cheer on intrepid designers as they push their imaginations and graphic talents to the limit in a live battle!
Friday September 28, 2012 at 8pm
Feel the pulse of the city. New works by 13 Winnipeg artists created especially for this exciting exhibition.
Saturday September 29, 2012 at 7pm
Join us for a lively panel discussion featuring artists from Winnipeg Now.
Saturday September 29, 2012 at 8pm
Come and watch noted Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin shoot scenes for his latest film in the galleries.
Saturday September 29, 2012 at 10pm Saturday September 29, 2012 at 11pm Sunday September 30, 2012 at 12am Sunday September 30, 2012 at 1am Sunday September 30, 2012 at 1pm Sunday September 30, 2012 at 2pm Sunday September 30, 2012 at 3pm Thursday October 4, 2012 at 1pm Thursday October 4, 2012 at 2pm Thursday October 4, 2012 at 3pm Thursday October 4, 2012 at 4pm Friday October 5, 2012 at 5pm Friday October 5, 2012 at 6pm Friday October 5, 2012 at 7pm Friday October 5, 2012 at 8pm
Join in the conversation with Winnipeg Now artist Paul Butler.
Monday, October 1, 2012 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Learn more about the art and artists in this exciting exhibition.
Saturday October 6, 2012 at 2pm Sunday October 21, 2012 at 2pm Sunday October 28, 2012 at 2pm Saturday November 10, 2012 at 2pm Sunday November 18, 2012 at 2pm Sunday December 2, 2012 at 2pm Sunday December 9, 2012 at 2pm Saturday December 15, 2012 at 2pm
Join performance artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan in their "parlour" in the exhibition Winnipeg Now as they read their own reconstructions of "bedtime" stories for adults.
Friday October 12, 2012 at 8:30pm Friday November 2, 2012 at 8:30pm Friday November 16, 2012 at 8:30pm Friday December 7, 2012 at 8:30pm
Discover why Winnipeg is considered the hottest art-producing city in Canada.
Wednesday October 17, 2012 at 12pm
Dinner at Storm Bistro and a guided tour of Winnipeg Now.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm
Noted Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin will discuss his latest project.
Wednesday October 31, 2012 at 12pm
Sunday workshops with artists KC Adams and Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan.
Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 11am to 4pm
Learn more about the iconic WAG building and Winnipeg’s modernist heritage by taking one of our architectural tours.
Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 2pm to 3pm Sunday, November 25, 2012 from 2pm to 3pm
Join us for a lively discussion between artists from Winnipeg Now.
Friday November 16, 2012 at 7pm
- Tuesday 11am-5pm
- Wednesday 11am-5pm
- Thursday 11am-5pm
- Friday 11am-9pm
- Saturday 11am-5pm
- Sunday 11am-5pm
- Closed Monday