The AGW Announces its Winter | Spring 2020 Season

Opens February 14 at 7pm!


Françoise Sullivan

February 15 – May 10, 2020

This retrospective exhibition highlights the key role of artist Françoise Sullivan in the history of modern and contemporary art in Quebec. The exhibition, which includes more than 40 works of art, will feature a diverse mix of painting, sculpture, video, and archival materials. It offers a chance for visitors to discover or rediscover an artist whose major impact on Quebec and Canadian culture deserves to be more fully recognized.

A multidisciplinary artist, Sullivan is known as a painter, choreographer and sculptor, however, she is best-known for her creation of the 1948 performance piece Danse dans la neige which is considered a pivotal moment in the history of modern dance due to its use of improvisation. During the 1960s, Sullivan turned towards sculpture, working with both acrylic and steel to create large-scale sculptures of fluid, shifting shapes. Sullivan returned to painting in the 1980s, and she continues to work in that medium to this day.

The original presentation of the exhibition in Montreal coincided with the 70th anniversary of the publication of Refus Global (1948), a manifesto that marked a turning point in the cultural history of Quebec and was co-signed by Françoise Sullivan.

Curated by Mark Lanctôt, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Les Automatistes: Collective Expressions

February 15 – May 10, 2020

Les Automatistes: Collective Expressions drawn from the AGW’s collection represents a number of bold, expressive works by the artists who were the originators of a significant art movement in Montreal called Les Automatistes. Inspired by the writings of French Surrealist poet and writer André Breton, the artists began painting and working in a spontaneous manner without predetermination. The collective’s de-facto leader, Paul-Émile Borduas also led the creation of their manifesto Refus Global in 1948 which offered an anarchic perspective on society expressing the need for major changes to be brought about in the conservative atmosphere that existed at the time. The exhibition contains works by Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcelle Ferron, Marcel Barbeau, Jean-Paul Mousseau and Pierre Gauvreau.

Curated by Chris Finn

Look Again! The AGW Collection at 75 Years


This multi-year exhibition features new selections of historical paintings presented alongside old favourites on the Grand Salon Wall. Recently acquired historical, modern and contemporary works also enrich the continuing education programs Canadian Heritage and the Land, Portraiture and the Body, Math in the Gallery and Indigenous Perspectives Through Art.

Co-curated by Catharine Mastin and Chris Finn

Exhibition Sponsors: The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation, Windsor Mold Group, the Graybiel Family and the Chandisherry Foundation, Mary and Bud Weingarden, Jennifer and Sean White, and Tepperman’s.

Education and Public Program Sponsors: Bill and Rochelle Tepperman, Sharon Cassey, Horizon Capital Holdings, Anne Safranyos & Family, and Mary Weingarden.


Fridays Live!
Opening Reception for Winter | Spring Exhibitions
Friday, February 14, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Second Floor Gallery and Studio
Join the season launch of the Winter | Spring exhibitions and enjoy a curator-led exhibition tour, opening remarks, music by saxophone player Ray Manzerolle, cash bar and appetizers by Thyme-To-Go. The evening program is as follows:

  • 7:15 – 8:00 pm Exhibition Tour of Françoise Sullivan with Curator Mark Lanctôt, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • 8:00 – 8:15 pm: Opening Remarks
  • 8:15 – 9:00 pm: Book Signing with Françoise Sullivan

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, enjoy two-for-one $15 admission!

Join the After Party at Phog Lounge from 10:00 pm to midnight. Present your current AGW Membership card or AGW Friday’s Live February 14, 2020 admission receipt to receive special discounts on food and drink.

Guided Tour: Quebec Automatism and the AGW Collection
Saturday, February 15, 12 pm – 12:45 pm
Location: Charles and Ethel Cohen Family Gallery, Third Floor
Learn about important artists associated with Quebec’s first abstract painting movement. Join Chris Finn for a guided exhibition tour exploring the AGW’s collection of works by Automatistes artists Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jean-Paul Mousseau, Pierre Gauvreau, Marcelle Ferron, and Marcel Barbeau.

Panel Discussion: Françoise Sullivan and the Automatistes’ Animated Plasticity
Saturday, February 15, 1 pm – 3 pm
Location: Valiant Corporation Suite, Third Floor
Join exhibition curator Mark Lanctôt (Montreal) and Automatist scholar and writer Ray Ellenwood (Toronto) for a discussion featuring Quebec’s first abstract art movement in the 1940s-50s and learn about Françoise Sullivan’s remarkable inter-disciplinary art practice. Sullivan was a signatory of the important automatist manifesto, Refus Global (1948) in which she wrote “Dance and Hope.” The panel will explore how the idea of malleability—to be shaped—applied to gesture in her dance practice and now her painter colleagues talked about colour manipulated through gesture. The panelists will show how movement and spontaneity are at the core of both acts. The panel will be moderated by Catharine Mastin, AGW Executive Director.

Family Day
Monday, February 17, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Bring the whole family to enjoy the new exhibitions and participate in family-friendly drop-in studio activities all afternoon, facilitated by the AGW’s engaging Gallery Guides.

All programs are Free with Regular Admission unless otherwise noted.
Regular Admission: $10 adult; $5 youth, students and seniors; Free to AGW members

For more information about the exhibitions contact Nicole McCabe at or 519-977-0013 ext. 134.

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Image credits:
(Left): Jean-Paul Riopelle, Sans titre, 1960, oil on canvas, 60 x 92 cm; Gift of the Art Gallery of Windsor Women’s Committee, 1973
(Right) Marcel Barbeau, Sans titre, 1952, enamel on masonite, 17 x 26 cm; Given in memory of Muriel Knight by Gordon Knight and with memorial donations from family and friends, 1986