Collider
May
30
to Jan 5

Collider

Taking a cue from Particle Accelerators, Collider serves as a catalyst for collaborative experimentation and discovery through a collision of ideas and actions. This inaugural project employs a peer nomination process to invite 30 local artists to make Contemporary Calgary and the former Centennial Planetarium their studio and community hub. Visitors to Collider will encounter a dynamic and vibrant space of creativity and collaboration in an open studio, long term residency environment that responds to our City's appetite for inclusion and diversity while showcasing the extraordinary talent in our own backyard.  Generating new work for Contemporary Calgary’s fall exhibition Planetary, residents are asked to consider ideas ranging from galactic exploration and speculative futures to meaningful memories triggered by the historic context of the former Planetarium.

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Brutal Visions
May
30
to Jan 5

Brutal Visions

Providing a rich and engaging context for the recently reawakened Centennial Planetarium, Brutal Visions invites viewers to explore the history, architecture and future ambitions of Contemporary Calgary’s new home. The exhibition will provide an overview of brutalist architecture situating the Jack Long designed Planetarium, winner of a Massey Medal for Architecture, as one of Canada’s superlative examples of the movement. The project continues with a short survey of Canada’s 1967 Centennial building projects celebrating the Planetarium as Calgary’s officially designated contribution. With optimism and space exploration shaping the zeitgeist, the Centennial Planetarium captured the hearts and imaginations of our communities and continues to provoke strong sentiments some 50 years later. It’s only fitting that, today, the building transforms into Contemporary Calgary—a world class art gallery and community hub that continues to inspire and foster new perspectives of the world. With sketches and preliminary models, joined by historic photographs, original posters and artifacts, Brutal Visions revisits a past driven by raw honesty and optimism to serve as the foundation of a promising future.

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Clemens Gritl: A Future City from the Past
May
30
to Jan 5

Clemens Gritl: A Future City from the Past

Clemens Gritl’s body of work, A Future City from The Past, is based on a mystifying vision of a radically aggressive urban dystopia — an uncompromising design in the brutalist dogma. Gritl ponders a future where all buildings and structures are homogenic. The differentiations of architectural styles and eras are eliminated and replaced by geometric structures, repetition and absolute materiality. Gigantic “wohnmaschinen” (living machines) encompassed by endless motorway networks, make way for the “Super-Brutalist” megacity.

The thrill of this project lies in exploring the aftermath. It is fascinating to imagine how a prefabricated, futuristic metropolis would age, and what atmosphere an endless manmade landscape, constructed of only concrete and asphalt, would generate. What impact would such a massive concentration of sculptural architecture have on mankind? Could such a city succeed in producing a functional society, or would it automatically plunge into menacing social dysfunction?

Gritl’s work focuses on the interaction between space, dimension, scale, monotony and materiality of urban megastructures and their possible impact on human beings. Since completing his architectural studies in Munich and Rome, Clemens Gritl has been designing artificial 3D computer models, reflecting and exploring urban utopias of the 20th century. Research at the Technical University of Munich on mid-century, large-scale apartment buildings led Gritl to gain a deep fascination for such structures. In contrast to contemporary architecture these projects are based on revolutionary social visions.

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DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT
Sep
26
to Jan 5

DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT

Major natural events change our lives and shape how we think about nature. Living in this constant shifting and complex natural environment impacts how we relate to our landscape and to each other, before, during and after a major natural event. What role do we play in a dynamic environment and how does our relationship with nature further complicate these systems? How do we balance this reality with the emotive response we have to nature, to the city, and its spaces? These inquiries directed the development of the WATERSHED+ Dynamic Environment Lab.

In January 2016 The City of Calgary’s Public Art Program brought together artists Steve Gurysh, Tim Knowles, Becky Shaw, Peter Von Tiesenhausen and Stokley Towles to participate in the WATERSHED+ Dynamic Environment Lab, immersed for a week within the Utilities & Environmental Protection Department. The intention of the Lab was to foster innovative and collaborative public art practice, explore the complex relationships between citizens and their watershed, and support cross disciplinary methods of working by bringing artists, subject matter experts and members of the community together in a collective experience of Calgary’s dynamic environment. A thoughtfully considered program was laid out for the Lab, taking the participants on an expansive journey of Calgary’s watershed; going upstream to see the origins of Calgary’s headwaters at the Bow Glacier and downstream to Blackfoot Crossing to understand Calgary’s important role within the Bow River watershed, as well as visiting a number of key water infrastructure sites, many impacted by the 2013 flood.  

The Lab served as a launch point for each of the artists, taking their learnings from that shared experience to develop individual projects that would offer them the opportunity to build and nurture relationships with City staff and other subject matter experts as they explored the impacts of our continuously shifting environment. This exhibition marks the culmination of the artists’ works as we reach the conclusion of the Dynamic Environment Lab.

Contemporary Calgary is pleased to present the WATERSHED+ Dynamic Environment Lab organized by The City of Calgary’s Public Art Program and Utilities & Environmental Protection Department, funded through the 1% For Art Policy.

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Contemporary Kids: Rope Making Workshop with Tammy McDonald
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Contemporary Kids: Rope Making Workshop with Tammy McDonald

Collider artist Tammy McDonald will teach participants how to use discarded clothing to create rope.

Children will have the opportunity to create a rope from their own outgrown clothing or other unwanted clothing that is past its donatable state. Children will cut the clothing into strips and then learn how to make a rope or cordage. The class will have participants consider how they can make art without creating more waste and how they can relate art-making to other forms of making and contributions. Participants will have an opportunity to think about the use of their rope and as a group, we will discuss how making rope is an art form.  

If you can, please bring along a pair of fabric scissors and some old clothes and create something new from something old. This event is open to ages 7-77, all participants will require a ticket.

About the Artist

Tammy McDonald is an interdisciplinary artist, whose works include textile, installation and performance.  Her practice explores themes related to the use of and the memories contained within cloth and cultural spaces.  

McDonald was born in 1975 in St. John, New Brunswick.  She considers herself to be a cultural mutt as she was raised and has lived across Canada. Her national roots are English, Scottish, Irish, French and First Nations. She has a wonderful wife and two children who support and influence her practice. She graduated with distinction from what is now referred to as the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017.

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CARFAC: Best Practices Community Consultation Session
Oct
26
to Nov 14

CARFAC: Best Practices Community Consultation Session

Invitation to Community Consultation Sessions
for Alberta Best Practices for Craft, Media and Visual Artists


CARFAC and Contemporary Calgary would like to invite you to attend one of CARFAC’s upcoming Best Practice Community Consultation Sessions. These events will give you an opportunity to provide feedback on seven draft documents, to learn more about what these new industry standards entail, and why our community needs them. The seven new Best Practices cover the following areas:

  • Negotiations, Agreements and Contracts

  • Exhibiting in a Commercial Gallery

  • Exhibiting in a Public Gallery

  • Public Art Commissions

  • Community Art

  • Use of Artists Work for Fundraising

  • Organizing Juried Group Exhibitions

If you are unfamiliar with or have not had an opportunity to examine and study the newly-drafted Alberta Best Practices for craft and visual artists, we invite you to read or download the documents from the CARFAC Alberta website. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

More about CARFAC’s initiative from Executive Director, Chris W. Carson:

Our goal is to seek widespread endorsement and adoption of these Best Practices by Alberta’s craft, media and visual arts communities by the end of February 2020. To reach this goal we need your help in reading, freely sharing, and engaging your community in discussions about Best Practices. Please send your feedback and comments to chris@carfacalberta.com before November 23, 2019.

To give you some information about the Alberta Best Practices Project, these are professional guidelines for interactions between artists and those individuals and organizations that work with constituents in a wide range of capacities. We believe that Alberta craft, media, and visual artists will benefit from having these guidelines endorsed and widely adopted. We also believe that these protocols provide individuals and organizations with clear parameters for engaging Alberta’s artists fairly and professionally, now and into the future.

The Alberta Best Practices Project commenced in 2017, based on documents developed by CARFAC Saskatchewan, and are endorsed by both CARFAC Alberta and the Alberta Crafts Council. The project is contextualized for use within Alberta’s arts ecology and is being undertaken to meet a clear need in Alberta for the establishment for more equitable practices, to further professionalize and support our sector.

Please join with us in refining and establishing these professional guidelines to benefit Alberta’s artists and the sector as a whole, and also consider lending your endorsement. Your involvement will make Best Practices for Alberta’s craft, media, and visual artists the best that they can be. If you are unable to attend one of these events please email chris@carfacalberta.com.

Sincerely,

Chris W. Carson,
Executive Director

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MONOGRAPH: Under Prairie Skies - The Short Films of Mike Rollo (2008-2017)
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

MONOGRAPH: Under Prairie Skies - The Short Films of Mike Rollo (2008-2017)

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Thursday, October 17, 6-8 PM
MONOGRAPH: Under Prairie Skies - The Short Films of Mike Rollo (2008-2017)
Super 8, 16mm and 35mm to Video | Sound + Silent - 55 minutes
Filmmaker in Attendance
Admission is by donation (pay what you can)

Contemporary Calgary is pleased to be partnering with MONOGRAPH and to present, Under Prairie Skies- The Short Films of Mike Rollo (2008-2017), with Regina based filmmaker Mike Rollo in attendance.

PROGRAM

The Broken Altar
2013 | colour | sound | 35mm | 19mins

The Broken Altar is a portrait of open ­air theatres documented under the strange light of day, emptied of the once present hum of human voices, radioed ­in soundtracks and tires on gravel. Scripting the landscape and exploring the residue of a cinematic history, The Broken Altar forms a sculptural treatment of the architectural artifacts of these abandoned and barren spaces: speaker boxes rise from tall grass like grave markers and the screens themselves are monumental, sepulchral in their peeling whiteness.

au bord de la rivière
2014 | colour | sound | 16mm to HD | 3mins

EN: au bord de la rivière is an unblinking examination of the light and movement patterns that animate a riverbank; an earthly mysticism in miniature, a professing of natural secrets hidden in plain sight.

Ghosts and Gravel Roads
2008 | colour | sound | Super 16mm to HD | 16mins

An inventory of lost memories and places, the sun­bleached landscape of Saskatchewan serves as a metaphor for displacement, a framing of emptiness and absence. Travelling to forgotten towns and channelled through old family photographs the camera catalogues the haunting remnants of the past, frail monuments and communities laid bare, broken under economic collapse. Under the weight of the prairie skies a visceral, personal encounter is revealed in the solace of open space.

The Hunter Hunted
2013 | b&w | Super 8 | silent | 3mins

In search of a subject, I hunted. I found it in myself.

Farewell Transmission
2017 | b&w | 16mm to HD | sound | 14mins

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opened the doors of the CBK Transmitter Station in 1939 to serve the prairie region of Canada. Farewell Transmission is equal parts indexical record of the demolition of CBK in 2015 and subjective response to the residual media documenting the event. The building is framed with tension preceding its destruction: emulsion pulsates as if with decades of radio transmission, creating an unsettled eulogy for a cultural institution.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Mike Rollo’s work explores alternative approaches to documentary cinema — methods that thematize vanishing cultures and transitional spaces through references to memory, history, religion, and autobiography. A founding member of Montreal’s experimental film collective Double Negative, Mike has curated the work of prominent international and Canadian experimental filmmakers. Currently, he is a member of Independent Visions a curatorial incubator devoted to making independent and experimental media accessible to a diverse audience in Regina. Mike’s films have shown at festivals, galleries, and conferences across Canada and internationally. His film Ghosts and Gravel Roads (2008) was honoured as one of Canada’s Top Ten Shorts in 2008 by the Toronto International Film Group and received the Mikeldi Silver Documentary Award at the 50th Edition of the International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao. Mike teaches film production at the University of Regina.


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The 1938 International Amateur Movie Show: A Reconstruction
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

The 1938 International Amateur Movie Show: A Reconstruction

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Charles Tepperman reconstructs the International Amateur Movie Show, which was presented at Columbia University (New York) on April 6, 1938. Amateur movie organizations around the world submitted their best films for the screening, and ultimately 10 films from 9 different countries were presented. The Amateur Movie Database Project has located several of these films –travelogues, short fiction films, and avant-garde works – and presents a partial reconstruction of the program. (Digital formats, 83 minutes)

DJ Wakcutt will live-mix accompaniment to the silent films from his personal vinyl collection. This is a licensed event, so arrive early to enjoy a signature cocktail from the bar!

Tickets
$10 - General Admission
$5 - Members of Contemporary Calgary

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Contemporary Kids / Cyanotype Workshop: Creating your own Constellation
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Contemporary Kids / Cyanotype Workshop: Creating your own Constellation

Sunday, October 6th, 1 PM to 3PM
Cyanotype Workshop: Creating your own Constellation
with Collider artists Mireille Perron & Leah Petrucci


For the incurably curious from 7 to 77-year-old (but if you are 6 + or 77 + we love exceptions!). This hands-on (2 hours) workshop is an introduction to one of the first photographic direct imprint processes ever developed. The cyanotype process, also known as blueprint or sunprint utilizes photosensitive iron salts and continues to be relevant today under alternative photography.

In small groups, you will design, expose and develop your own cyanotypes with the aim of creating your own constellation using reflective glass objects such as marbles, small drinking glasses and other random transparent objects (we will provide enough objects but you are welcome to bring your own samples, all cyanotype materials provided).

This unique workshop fuses glass and alternative photography, science and art, French and English, as well as age groups. We invite both children and adults to be active participants in order to build confidence to further experiments at home afterwards. We have an exposure lamp if it is a rainy day, but be ready to work outside if sunny (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.)

Please note, both children and guardians need to register for this program as we will have supplies for all!

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Atelier de Cyanotype: Créer votre propre Constellation avec les artistes Mireille Perron et Leah Petrucci

Pour les curieux incurables de 7 à 77 ans (mais si vous êtes âgé de 6 + ou 77 + nous aimons les exceptions!)

 Cet atelier pratique (2 heures) est une introduction à l’un des premiers procédé photographique d’impression directe. Le procédé de cyanotype utilise des sels de fer photosensibles et continue d’être pertinent aujourd’hui comme un procédé de photographie alternative.

En petits groupes, vous concevrez, exposerez et développerez vos propres cyanotypes dans le but de créer une constellation à l’aide d’objets en verre réfléchissants comme des billes, de petits verres à boire et d’autres objets transparents variés (nous fournirons assez d’objets, mais vous êtes invités à apporter vos propres échantillons, tous les matériaux de cyanotype sont fournis).

Cet atelier unique fusionne la photographie le verre et la photographie alternative, la science et l’art, le français et l’anglais, ainsi que les groupes d’âge. Nous invitons les enfants et les adultes à être des participants actifs afin de poursuivre leurs expériences à la maison par la suite. Nous avons une lampe d’exposition si c’est un jour pluvieux, mais soyez prêt à travailler à l’extérieur si ensoleillé (chapeau, lunettes de soleil, écran solaire.) Veuillez noter que les enfants et les adultes doivent s’inscrire à l’atelier, car nous aurons du matériel tous.

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Artist Talk: Burning the Midnight Oil with Dan Cardinal McCartney
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk: Burning the Midnight Oil with Dan Cardinal McCartney

Collider artist-in-residence Dan Cardinal McCartney will showcase a mixed media collage which stretches wall to wall of his Collider studio. He will touch on themes of intuitive art-making, his own relationship to Indigenous diaspora, and the intrinsic danger of living in Alberta as a two-spirit, transmasculine person. Scavenged materials such as problematic Western novels, tobacco ads, alcohol packaging, and apple boxes are scratched out and mounted onto the studio wall. This artist talk provides an experience for visitors to view the work up close with flashlights provided by the artist.

Dan Cardinal McCartney is a Calgary-based interdisciplinary artist and emerging curator. His maternal bloodlines are a proud mix of Mikisew Cree, Suline Dene, and Métis from Fort Chipewyan. As a two-spirit, transmasculine person, Dan sifts through questions of blood memory and intergenerational trauma. His focus is on mixed media collage, performance, and video. Gender dysphoria which intertwines with cultural diaspora leaves gashes to either remain open or to be scabbed over in time. Cardinal McCartney is the Curatorial Resident at Stride Gallery, and actively showing across Canada. He graduated from AUArts (formerly known as the Alberta College of Art + Design) in 2016 with a degree in Drawing. Recently, his work was featured in Fix your hearts or die at the Alberta Gallery of Art; let’s talk about sex, bb at Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, and Off-Centre: Queer Contemporary Art in the Prairies at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina.

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DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Becky Shaw, How Deep is Your Love?
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Becky Shaw, How Deep is Your Love?

Join DE Lab artist Becky Shaw on a guided two hour tour and interactive performance, listening to the water infrastructure using analogue geophones. By experiencing infrastructure above and below the ground, through the intimate experience of listening for leaks, Becky invites participants to think about the way individuals and infrastructure are connected. The tour starts at Contemporary Calgary and visits neighbourhood locations by bus. All are welcome, including children. Tour will be conducted in English. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather, especially sturdy footwear as there will be a small amount of walking and standing.

Both tours will begin and end at Contemporary Calgary and will run for approximately 2 hours. Attendees must register in advance.

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DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Stokley Towles, Surfing Underground
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Stokley Towles, Surfing Underground

DE Lab Artist Stokley Towles has worked within a variety of City Services across North America. In his performance work, Stokley incorporates stories, images and artifacts from the underground world of Calgary’s Water Services employees to create an immersive experience for his audiences. Connecting viewers to the people behind our infrastructure, Stokley showcases the importance and intrigue of our often hidden city systems. Following the performance, join the artist in the gallery space to learn more about his experience within the project.

Performance will begin at 6PM. RSVP not necessary, just turn up!

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DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Tim Knowles, Flow Paths
Sep
27
1:00 PM13:00

DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Tim Knowles, Flow Paths

Stop by Contemporary Calgary for an Artist Talk with DE Lab artist Tim Knowles and take in the DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT exhibit. Through his work with the lab, Knowles has been working closely with the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and the people who have been working to restore and rehabilitate the natural habitats damaged by the 2013 flood. He will be speaking about how this relationship has helped form his art work and how he has been able to work as an artist on design elements for the upcoming Inglewood Bird Sanctuary Reconstruction Project.

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DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Steve Gurysh, Parts Per Trillion
Sep
27
9:00 AM09:00

DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Steve Gurysh, Parts Per Trillion

Join DE Lab artist Steve Gurysh as he completes his art work Parts Per Trillion. Gurysh’s all-day event will start off at 9:00 AM in Edworthy Park. Watch the pit-firing process begin as the artist fills the fire pit with his 3D printed ceramics and kindling and lights the fire that will, over the course of the day, harden the ceramics and produce his finished work. At 10:30 AM, after the fire gets roaring, the artist will present a short artist talk and Q&A. Steve will be on-site all day to tend to the embers. Stop by at any time to learn more about the artist’s process and the Dynamic Environment Lab project.

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DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Panel Discussion and Opening Reception
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT: Panel Discussion and Opening Reception

Embedding artists in a hidden, yet integral City system has provoked new ideas and dialogues, changing how Public Art is created and perceived in our City. Join WATERSHED+ Lead Artists, Sans façon, along with all five DE Lab artists; Steve Gurysh, Tim Knowles, Becky Shaw, Stokley Towles, Peter Von Tiesenhausen, for an intimate and illuminating discussion, delving into the history and creation of the project, and the artists’ experiences working within the City of Calgary. Moderated by amery Calvelli, this discussion intends to showcase the success and challenges of The Dynamic Environment Lab as part of WATERSHED+, and how the program has affected the direction of public art in Calgary.  

Following the discussion, please join the panelists for an opening reception of the exhibit DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT. A selection of works from the DE Lab artists, on view until January 2020, speaks to the vast scope of the Utilities and Environmental Protection Department, the employees who maintain our crucial infrastructure, and the intimate connections art can create between Citizen and City.

6PM - Panel Discussion
7PM - Reception with the Artists

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THE BRUTAL TOUR 3
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

THE BRUTAL TOUR 3

We are offering this extremely popular tour for the last time this season with Cynthia Klaassen! Walk with us through Calgary’s downtown and learn the history of Brutalist architecture in the early 60s and 70s. They're acclaimed, controversial, maligned and concrete!

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Beakerhead: Cocktails on Canvas
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Beakerhead: Cocktails on Canvas

Have you ever wondered what your favourite vintage looks like up close? Or how bubbly your best brew really is? Beakerhead Festival's Cocktails on Canvas pairs sipping with investigating and artistry as you look at your libations through a microscope and paint your findings for some truly inspired take-home art.

Join us in The Grotto for an intimate and fun filled evening of painting and sipping on some of your favourite cocktails. Tickets are $70 which includes materials and a drink. Seating for this event is limited.

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CONTEMPORARY KIDS / BOTANICAL ART MAKING WITH ROCIO GRAHAM
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

CONTEMPORARY KIDS / BOTANICAL ART MAKING WITH ROCIO GRAHAM

Our monthly Contemporary Kids program returns and invites families to learn about modern and contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities developed for children ages 5-12.

What happens when we mash up, paint, crush, glue, preserve and play with botanics? Find out at this Contemporary Kids Workshop with Collider Artist Rocio Graham. Families will get a unique opportunity to learn a variety of botanical art techniques. From making ink prints with foraged flowers to botanical sculptures, this workshop is designed to ignite your creativity.

Only children need to be registered on Eventbrite, but we do require parents or guardians onsite for this program.

Tickets are $10 per child. Registration is required.

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BUMP's Cellophane Spray Paint Workshop and 2019 Muralist Artist Talks
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

BUMP's Cellophane Spray Paint Workshop and 2019 Muralist Artist Talks

Beltline Urban Mural Project and Contemporary Calgary have partnered for a special event which explores Calgary's street art and mural scene. We will be hosting a hands-on Cellophane Spray-painting Workshop outside of the Centennial and an Artist Talk with the 2019 BUMP Festival muralists inside The Grotto. DJ Grimrock and Catfishthewizard, both representing Calgary Crew 'Grim Reminder’ will provide tunes, Sidewalk Citizen will provide snacks and beers will be available for purchase by Inner City Brewing Company.

7PM - Spray paint workshop outside / DJ Grimrock inside
8PM - Artist Talk featuring Luke Ramsey, Lacey Jane & Layla Folkmann, Kyle Simmers, THEKIDBELO, Reza Nik, Mary Haasdyk, and RUNT moderated by Katie Green
9PM - DJ Catfishthewizard

The Beltline Urban Murals Project is a community-driven project to showcase art, promote tourism, improve the public realm and build community spirit in Calgary. BUMP is excited to invite 15 artists/muralists to the city to leave their mark on the Beltline neighbourhood. The 2019 BUMP festival occurs August 28th to 31st and features mural tours, artist workshops, artist talks, and alley parties.

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2019 Annual General Meeting
Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

2019 Annual General Meeting

All Members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting. Please RSVP by August 23, 2019.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order
2. Declaration of Quorum
3. Minutes of May 30, 2018 Annual General Meeting
4. Report from the Board Chair
5. Report from the CEO
6. Audited Financial Statements
7. Election of Directors
8. Appointment of the Auditors
9. Other Business that may be properly brought before the meeting.
10. Termination

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Contemporary Kids / "Dérive” Drawing & Painting with Cody + Ali
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

Contemporary Kids / "Dérive” Drawing & Painting with Cody + Ali

Our monthly Contemporary Kids program returns and invites families to learn about modern and contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities developed for children ages 5-12.

The afternoon will begin with a kid-friendly tour of our building the Centennial Planetarium led by Collider artists Cody + Ali. Children will then create their own paintings and drawings or contribute to a group artwork inspired by the physcogeographical concept of “Dérive” which is to wander and allow spaces to influence one’s spatial and emotional understanding.

Only children need to be registered on Eventbrite, but we do require parents or guardians onsite for this program.

Tickets are $10 per child. Registration is required.

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Contemporary Kids / Concrete Monoliths
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Contemporary Kids / Concrete Monoliths

Our Contemporary Kids program invites families to learn about modern and contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities developed for children ages 5-12. The afternoon will begin with a kid-friendly tour of our current exhibition Brutal Visions which explores the rich history of the Centennial Planetarium and key characteristics of Brutalist style architecture. Children will then explore the building, capturing the unique and varied textures of concrete surfaces through drawing and rubbing.

Only children need to be registered on Eventbrite, but we do require parents or guardians onsite for this program. Tickets are $10 per child. Registration is required.

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Laughter Increases the Pain Threshold : Artist Talk and Demonstration with Ashley Bedet
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Laughter Increases the Pain Threshold : Artist Talk and Demonstration with Ashley Bedet

Join us Thursday, August 15 from 6PM for an Artist Talk “Laughter Increases the Pain Threshold” with Collider Artist, Ashley Bedet. In conjunction with the Collider Artist Residency, Bedet will discuss the recurring facet of failure as a theme in her process as well as her artist practice as a whole.

6.00PM - Artist Talk
6:30PM - Reception with the Artist

To persist you must start, and to persist thereafter you must adjust. The first stage of persistence is to fail and it’s what you do after that counts. However, Bedet has been pretty focused on this initial failure, as it has been a recurring facet in her practice since 2017. Bedet has been focused on making a mobile that charts this first initial failure, the first idea a person has is often the hardest one to surrender. Using the metaphor of celestial formation to diagram this instant in time when space as we know it was created -- it’s nothing short of cathexis. Time and space were made in mere instances while this project creaks and croaks along for years.

The age-old definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Another popular psychological tick that arises in this project of crashing a celestial body (a moon) on an identical path is the popular subgenre of the fail. Why is it so funny to see a diver mount the board, have a perfect form in the follow-through and then belly flop? Is it an involuntary schadenfreude that indicates how close most of us are to ranking high on a psychopathy test? Turns out not necessarily. When you laugh at a situation that isn’t horribly dire - there are no broken bones or serious injuries - but was indeed an ‘epic fail’ you are assisting in moving something from being embarrassing, humiliating or demoralizing to just funny.  It's a coping mechanism. That’s the actual job of the banana peel, to slip from something disastrous into something funny that is a social behavioural exchange that builds on camaraderie. When you go to a stand-up comedy show, you’re laughing because it seems like a conversation with the comedian ‘getting you’, it may not just be relatable but a signal of acceptance. Out of mutual acceptance, from the slippery ‘oh no’ to the ‘yeah that was dumb, that failed’. It's a social behaviour that allows us to deal with stress because laughter helps keeps the stress at bay enough to cope with our emotions. Laughter, in this case, regulates our moods and allows us to acknowledge and regulate our emotions in any social interaction better equips us all to know how to deal with the shit hitting the fan.

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The Brutal Tour 2
Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

The Brutal Tour 2

Sunday August 11 at 1PM ⁠— Join us for a guided walking tour of Calgary’s premiere downtown Brutalist architecture sites of the 60s and early 70s. They’re acclaimed and maligned, controversial and concrete! Come see for yourself! With Cynthia Klaassen, presented by Contemporary Calgary.

Tickets are $15 per person, children under 12 are free. Registration required.
1PM - Meet at the Family of Man statue (corner of 1st Street and 6th Avenue S.E.)

About Cynthia Klaassen:

A self-proclaimed “Architectourist”, Cynthia enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of human-built history and has become a champion of Calgary’s “brutalist” style landmarks through the always sold-out “Brutal Bus Tour”. Cynthia holds an undergraduate degree in Music from McMaster University in Hamilton, and a Master’s in the History of Art from the University of Toronto.


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Artist Talk and Beading Demonstration with Alberta Rose/Ingnuk
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk and Beading Demonstration with Alberta Rose/Ingnuk

Please join us on Thursday August 8th at 6PM for an Artist Talk and Beading Demonstration with Collider artist Alberta Rose Williams/Ingnuk. In conjunction with the Collider residency, Alberta will discuss her practice and teach/demonstrate beading techniques on a loom. Guests will then have the opportunity to tour Alberta’s studio, visit with the artist and experiment with techniques on a selection of looms.

Guests will then have the opportunity to tour Alberta’s studio, visit with the artist and experiment with techniques on several looms and stretched canvas. All materials provided.

6PM - Artist Talk & Demonstration
6:30PM - Reception with the Artist & Bead Crafting

About Alberta Rose Williams/INgnuk

Born and raised in Treaty 7 Territory near to the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley bands of the Nakoda nation, Alberta finds passion in art, food, politics, and social issues. These interests are expressed through artwork as well as engagement with community organizations and events. As an Inuvialuit person growing up outside of her traditional territory, she has often felt a sense of displacement; but found a connection to her culture through her late mother and traditional practices. Alberta graduated from ACAD in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art (with distinction), majoring in painting and then spent 18 months at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity as a prepatorial practicum in the Walter Phillips Gallery. During her time at ACAD, she won the painting 3rd-year award, an Indspire Bursary, acted as president of the Aboriginal student’s club, and was a member of Next Up. At the Banff Centre, Alberta was a part of the Indigenous working group on campus and participated in the Inherent Right to Self Governance Leadership program. Currently, she is based in Calgary and is a southern liaison for the Inuit Art Foundation, studio assistant, and artist.

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The Brutal Tour
Aug
4
1:00 PM13:00

The Brutal Tour

Join us for a guided walking tour of Calgary’s premiere downtown Brutalist architecture sites of the 60s and early 70s. They’re acclaimed and maligned, controversial and concrete! Come see for yourself! With Cynthia Klaassen, presented by Contemporary Calgary.

Tickets are $15 per person, children under 12 are free. Registration required.
1PM - Meet at the Family of Man statue (corner of 1st Street and 6th Avenue S.E.)

About Cynthia Klaassen:

A self-proclaimed “Architectourist”, Cynthia enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of human-built history and has become a champion of Calgary’s “brutalist” style landmarks through the always sold-out “Brutal Bus Tour”. Cynthia holds an undergraduate degree in Music from McMaster University in Hamilton, and a Master’s in the History of Art from the University of Toronto.


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Guided Tour: A New Star in our Planetarium
Jul
28
3:30 PM15:30

Guided Tour: A New Star in our Planetarium

As part of Historic Calgary Week, Contemporary Calgary will be hosting a tour of the Centennial Planetarium led by Cynthia Klaassen. Participants will learn about the history of this architectural landmark and our future plans to transform the space into a world-class destination for modern and contemporary art. Due to great interest, we will be opening up a second tour time for this sold-out event.

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Contemporary Kids / Building 1967 Architecture
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Contemporary Kids / Building 1967 Architecture

Our monthly Contemporary Kids program returns and invites families to learn about modern and contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities developed for children ages 5-12.

The afternoon will begin with a kid-friendly tour of our current exhibition Brutal Visions which explores the rich history of the Centennial Planetarium. Children will then create their own structures inspired by the iconic architecture of the Centennial Planetarium and ultra-modern pavilions of Expo ’67. 

Only children need to be registered on Eventbrite, but we do require parents or guardians onsite for this program.

Tickets are $10 per child. Registration is required.

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Brutal Visions: Open House. Open Conversation.
May
30
5:30 PM17:30

Brutal Visions: Open House. Open Conversation.

Join us for Contemporary Calgary’s second installment of Open House. Open Conversation.

KPMB Design Architect, Bruce Kuwabara returns with d.Talks Design Advocate, amery Calvelli, Berlin-based artist and architect, Clemens Gritl, and the City of Calgary’s Chief Urban Designer, David Down
for a panel discussion examining the enduring significance of Brutalist architecture and how it might shape our future. Following the panel guests are invited to learn more about the history of the Centennial Planetarium through a visual display of archival images in Brutal Visions. Also featured will be a selection of works by Clemens Gritl in his exhibition titled A Future City from the Past.

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May 30, 2019

Centennial Planetarium, 701 11 Street SW

5.30 - 9.00pm - Open House + Reception

6.00pm - Panel Discussion (seating is available on a first come, first serve basis)

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Contemporary Kids / Painted Photography
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Contemporary Kids / Painted Photography

Our free monthly Contemporary Kids program invites families to learn about contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities developed for children ages 5-12.

We are very excited to be presenting this program in the gallery where children will learn about our current exhibition, Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta. Our engaging kid-friendly tour will focus on the work of Diane Colwell, which combines painting with photography. Diane’s painted polaroids will be the inspiration for our art activity where children will create their own colourfully painted photographic images.

This program will be held at Illingworth Kerr Gallery, located in the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD).

Registration is required as spaces are limited. Only children need to be registered on Eventbrite, but we do require parents or guardians onsite for the duration of the program.

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Curator’s Tour of Before Digital: Post 1970 Photography in Alberta with Guest Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette
Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Curator’s Tour of Before Digital: Post 1970 Photography in Alberta with Guest Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette

Saturday February 16, 11am

Guest Curator Mary-Beth Laviolette will tour visitors through the exhibition to facilitate discussion about the works on display and answer questions.

Photos courtesy of Mitch Kern.


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Winter Symposium - Depth of Field: Practices in Contemporary Photography
Feb
6
2:00 PM14:00

Winter Symposium - Depth of Field: Practices in Contemporary Photography

  • Stanford Perrot Lecture Theatre, Alberta University of the Arts (map)
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Wednesday, February 6

2pm-7pm - Symposium @ Stanford Perrot Lecture Theatre, Alberta University of the Arts

7pm-9pm Reception and Extended Gallery Hours @ Illingworth Kerr Gallery

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Before Digital: Post 1970 Photography in Alberta, this symposium will feature presentations and panel discussions with artists participating in the exhibition as well as regional artists utilizing photography in their practice.


2pm-3:35pm

Continuity and Change within Photography

moderated by Mitch Kern

Panellists: Shane Arsenault and Natalia Barberis, M.N. Hutchinson, Dona Schwartz

Over two centuries the medium of photography has endured continuous change. You could say that when it comes to photography, continuity is change. At the same time, some things about photography have remained the same. This panel explores the territory between continuity and change within photography. In particular, what is the impact of recent change upon contemporary photography practice? Has social media and 24/7 connectivity significantly altered what it means to be a photographer in the early 21st century? What about the near future? Are we on the doorstep of something new? In the midst of a revolution? A crisis?

M.N Hutchinson, Dona Schwartz, Shane Arsenault & Natalia Barberis.

M.N Hutchinson, Dona Schwartz, Shane Arsenault & Natalia Barberis.


3:50pm – 5:10pm 

Capturing Subjects, Exposing Community

moderated by Ashley Scarlett

Panellists: Douglas Curran, Elmer Ghostkeeper, Leah Hennel, George Webber

In her canonical text, On Photography, Susan Sontag asserts that “photographs furnish evidence. Something we hear about, but doubt, seems proven when we’re shown a photograph of it” (1973:3). While Sontag concerns herself primarily with photography’s indexical documentation of the visible world, photographic images also have the capacity to render the invisible intelligible, lending photographic certainty to the seemingly uncertain. This panel will explore photography’s capacity to expose, envision, construct and concretize the otherwise invisible parameters of community. Specifically, it will ask: What role does photography play in capturing, documenting and attesting to community? How might the photographic medium lend itself to exposing and framing community in particular ways? What are the ethical responsibilities of the photographer within this context? And, can photographs solicit meaningful social engagement and change?

Ashley Scarlett, Elmer Ghostkeeper, George Webber Douglas Curran and Leah Hennel.

Ashley Scarlett, Elmer Ghostkeeper, George Webber Douglas Curran and Leah Hennel.


5:30pm – 6:50pm 

Not Boring – Landscapes, Places and Identities

moderated by Benedict Fullalove

Panellists: Diane Colwell, Tanya Harnett, Dan Hudson, Tyler Los-Jones

In his contribution to the important 1994 collection, Landscape and Power, WJT Mitchell proposes a series of theses on the genre, including the mischievous claim that “Landscape is boring. We must not say so.” This panel asks its participants to eschew silence and respond to Mitchell’s provocation. Specifically, the panel seeks to explore the complex relationships formed around and between landscapes, places and identities. What links landscape to place? How do they differ? In what sense do both intersect with broader questions of subjectivity and identity, not least in the contexts of Indigenous and Settler histories? And why is all of this (potentially!) not really boring at all?

Tanya Harnett, Tyler Los-Jones, Dan Hudson and Diane Colwell.

Tanya Harnett, Tyler Los-Jones, Dan Hudson and Diane Colwell.

All programs are free and open to the public, registration encouraged.

Public programming is presented in partnership with Exposure Photography Festival

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Pavka, audio courtesy of AUArts.

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Contemporary Kids / Colour Field Painting
Jan
19
2:00 PM14:00

Contemporary Kids / Colour Field Painting

  • cSpace - RGO Treehouse, 4th Floor (map)
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Our free monthly Contemporary Kids program invites families to learn about modern and contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities developed for children ages 5-12.

The afternoon will begin with a fun image-filled exploration of colour field painting and how the techniques of this movement continue to inspire the practices of contemporary artists. Children will be invited to experiment with applying colourful pigments to paper through different staining and transfer techniques to create their own artworks. 

We are excited to be holding this series at cSPACE in their RGO Treehouse on the 4th floor. There is ample parking surrounding the building.

Registration is required. To RSVP please click here.

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Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta Opening Reception
Jan
17
5:00 PM17:00

Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta Opening Reception

Please join us for the opening reception of Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery. Remarks at 6pm.

Presented in partnership with Contemporary Calgary and Alberta College of Art and Design Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta is a sweeping survey of discovery, exploration, humour and personal expression.

The IKG is located in the main mall on the ACAD campus: 1407 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4R3

Image: Craig Richards, Giant Steps, Paradise Valley, Banff National Park, 1981, silver gelatin print.

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Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta
Jan
15
to Mar 16

Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta

  • Illingworth Kerr Gallery (map)
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Adjust your lens.

Through the eyes, film cameras and darkrooms of 27 fine art photographers.

Before Digital displays what is beautiful, unusual, striking and surprising about taking photographs as it was done for over 150 years, without computer technology. Before Digital focuses on artists working in analogue within Alberta since the 1970s. Featured in the exhibition are over 80 photographs in black and white, colour, infra-red, cyan-blue and in video, as well as an artist book, a hand-made camera and mobile darkroom.

Long before people were using smartphones as cameras, photographers were documenting their lives and the lives of others. Although all working in analogue, the artists in this exhibition demonstrate a wide variety of approaches through their process, ranging from highly technical to playful, spontaneous, and performative. Their photographs tell stories that are engaging and moving: some deeply reflective of places and communities often unseen or on the margins, others in urban settings, the Rockies, or even in the photographer’s imagination.

Presented in partnership between Contemporary Calgary and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta is a sweeping survey of discovery, exploration, humour and personal expression.

Featuring works by Randall Adams, Dianne Bos, Douglas Clark, Don Corman, Diane Colwell, Douglas Curran, John Fukushima, Hubert Hohn, Dan Hudson, M.N.Hutchinson, Carol Johnston, Sima Khorrami, Ernie Kroeger, Don Mabie, Arthur Nishimura, Ingrid Plaudis, Garth Rankin, Craig Richards, Orest Semchishen, Colin Smith, Ed Spiteri, Barbara Spohr, Sandra Vida, George Webber, John Will and from The Mobile Darkroom: Shane Arsenault and Natalia Barberis.

Mary-Beth Laviolette, Guest Curator

Visiting hours for the IKG: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12-6pm, Thursday: 12-8pm and Saturday: 12-4pm

The IKG is located in the main mall on the ACAD campus: 1407 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4R3

Image: Diane Colwell, Cosmos & Cabbage, 1989, enlarged Polaris as Type ‘C’ colour print.

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Late Night / Weaving & Wine
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Late Night / Weaving & Wine

Contemporary Calgary invites you to learn about the history and production of the hand knotted rug and it’s interpretation by contemporary artists. Create your own woven piece with traditional materials in the beautiful showroom of Indo Designer Rugs, a local business celebrating their 30th anniversary!

The Persian “weave” rug is both a work of art and an iconic symbol, whose intricate patterns are associated with luxury, tradition, and the Islamic influence around the world. The evening will begin with a short presentation about the history of Persian knotted rugs, an overview of the design and production process, and a brief discussion of it’s interpretation by contemporary artists. This will be followed by a short demonstration of traditional rug weaving on an antique traditional loom. Guests will then have the opportunity to create their own woven work on an individual tapestry loom, yours to keep, using natural and traditional wools sourced from India and New Zealand. We hope you will be able to join us for this informative and creative evening!

Samosas will be served. Cash bar. 

For tickets please visit eventbrite.

To learn more about Indo Designer Rugs please visit their website

Please note, this event is for members and invited guests.

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