Art Gallery of Guelph Winter 2020 Exhibitions


Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 7 – 9 pm

Join us for the launch of six new exhibitions on Wednesday, January 22 at 7 pm. Free admission; all welcome. The Art Gallery of Guelph is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.

January 22 – March 29, 2020

Bridging analog and digital practices, the traditional expectations of video – technically, conceptually, and psychologically – are reconfigured throughout Nathalie Bujold’s work, highlighting a constantly renewed hybridization. The result is a glimpse into her distinctive universe, through work that demonstrates the potential of video to create new ways to express time, form, and space. read more >

Médiatique is curated by Scott McGovern and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with Musagetes, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, and ELLEPHANT in conjunction with the ArtsEverywhere Festival.

January 22 – April 12, 2020

Artist Talk: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Token | Contemporary Ongoing was conceived by Sandra Brewster as artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Exposed to the methods the institution used to care for and catalogue its collection, the artist turned her attention to the documentation of everyday items and personal belongings of individuals from Toronto’s Caribbean diaspora. Touching on themes of migration, familial bonds, memory, and memorialization, the exhibition examines how we determine which objects are of value and, by extension, worthy of our attention. read more >

Token | Contemporary Ongoing is curated by Sally Frater and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph.

January 22 – April 12, 2020

Featuring works that span performance, video, sculpture, and textiles, Rupture provides a window into the transdisciplinary practice of artist Maria Hupfield. Informed by Anishinaabe cultural knowledge, Hupfield connects performance art and object-making with both Indigenous and feminist narratives. Made of common, everyday materials, the artist’s work speaks to a tradition of DIY and anti-aesthetic methods. Activating place, lived experience, and cultural practices in ways that engender multiple forms of engagement and reflection, Rupture reminds us that the body is the first site of truth in the story of decolonization. read more >

Rupture is curated by Sally Frater and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph.


January 22 – April 12, 2020

Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7 pm

Focusing on the agency and ideologies embedded in everyday objects, Carmela Laganse explores the effects of colonialism and how it contributes to material culture as well as personal identity. Inspired by the rise in discourse related to both capitalism and vampirism that stemmed from the economic recession of 2008, she has constructed furniture that references physical gestures such as arched backs and exposed necks that recurred throughout TV shows and films. Exploring how movement is directed and normalized, Spread illustrates how domestic and popular cultures not only impact our thinking and behavior but are metaphors for our collective anxieties and desires. read more >

Spread is curated by Sally Frater and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph.

January 22 – April 26, 2020

The work of leslie mccue interweaves personal and cultural memory, highlighting storytelling as a source of strength and healing. Sparked by grief, bagiskaagewin (letting go) features sound, projection, as well as vessels created within Anishinaabeg community workshops – forms that emerge from her years of traveling back and forth to an island cottage with her late grandfather. All are welcome to contribute to the installation, tying a message to a boat using a red fabric tie, a material often used to offer gifts of tobacco and prayers. read more >

leslie mccue: bagiskaagewin is curated by Elwood Jimmy and presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph and Musagetes in conjunction with the ArtsEverywhere Festival.

January 22 – April 26, 2020

Featuring Elisapie Attagootak, Laisa Audlaluk-Watsko, Tarralik Duffy, Betsy Etidloie, Mary Gordon, Siasi Iqaluk, Eenah Lidstone, Barry Pottle, Ida Saunders, Nina Segalowitz, Jarvis Usuitauyok, and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory

Drawn from social networks, Qautamaat brings together the photography of Inuit community members and artists living in Inuit Nunangat and in urban centres further South. Among the most significant means of expression in the public sphere today, Taqralik Partridge is interested in how such images capture acutely intimate Inuit sensibilities. Whether taken within the context of artistic practice or as matter-of-fact witness to the everyday, the photographs offer a vivid collective geography infused with places and phenomena of daily life. read more >

Qautamaat | Every day / everyday is curated by Taqralik Partridge and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph and Musagetes in conjunction with the ArtsEverywhere Festival.

Images: Tarralik Duffy, 3/4 mile marker (detail), 2019, Courtesy of the artist; Sandra Brewster, Bangles (detail), 2018, photo-based gel transfer on archival paper, 7 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects


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