Collider
May
30
to Sep 1

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 Sep 1

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 Sep 1

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

#OpenHouseCC

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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The Make Believer Project
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Make Believer Project

Event // OFFSITE

The Make Believer Project

A Performance by Stardale Women's Group

Wednesday May 23, 2018

7:00-9:00pm | FREE

cSPACE King Edward 

Studio Theatre

1721 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2T 6T7

The girls of Stardale present The Make Believer Project. The performance piece, co-written by acclaimed playwright Eugene Stickland, directed by Helen Young of Urban Stories Theatre and accompanied by a video art piece co-created with Metis artist Jessie Short, it’s a rare chance for audiences to hear the truth of what it is to be young, urban, Indigenous and female.

Contemporary Calgary also partnered with Stardale Women's Group to provide an artist mentorship with Jessie Short, a curator, writer, and multi-disciplinary artist and emerging filmmaker. Jessie and videoagrapher Noel Bégin worked with the girls of Stardale over the month of April to create a video art piece which will be screened as part of The Make Believer Project performance. 

Registration required

Stardale Women's Group has 21 years experience working in violence and abuse prevention with Indigenous girls aged is 10 -17 years. Their prevention model is based on teaching life skills, literacy and creative expression. To learn more please visit www.stardale.org

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March Public Programs
Mar
1
to Mar 31

March Public Programs

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CONTEMPORARY KIDS
Illuminated Art
Saturday March 3, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | FREE
cSPACE King Edward
RGO Treehouse
1721 29 AVENUE SOUTHWEST


Our free monthly Contemporary Kids program invites families to learn about modern and contemporary art through a unique and engaging art activity developed for children ages 5-12.
 
The afternoon will begin with a fun image-filled introduction to light art with a special focus on the artists who inspired our art activities: Yayoi Kusama and Keith Sonnier. Children will then be invited to create their own multidimensional glow-in-the-dark piece as well as a fluorescent tube sculpture. We have organized a special black lit space to bring your glow-in-the-dark and fluorescent artworks to life!
 
We are excited to be holding this series at cSPACE in their RGO Treehouse on the 4th floor on the first Saturday of each month! There is ample parking surrounding the building and a newly opened coffee shop on the main level. 
 
Only children need to be registered on Eventbrite but we do require parents or guardians onsite for this program. 
 
Please note, because this is a free event and space is limited, all registrants will receive a reminder email the week of the event to confirm their attendance. If your schedule changes and you are no longer able to attend please email Charlotte CHARLOTTE.LEGALLAIS@CONTEMPORARYCALGARY.COM and she will ensure your spot is made available to those on our Eventbrite waitlist.

Registration required.

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LATE NIGHT
Weaving and Wine
In Partnership with Indo Designer Rugs
Thursday March 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM | FREE
Indo Designer Rugs
620 17TH AVENUE SW, CALGARY

For our first Late Night of the spring season Contemporary Calgary invites you to learn about the history and production of the hand knotted rug, it’s interpretation by contemporary artists and 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 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!

Cash bar with complimentary UNA pizza.

Registration required.
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LUNCH HOUR ARTIST TALKS
Diane Bos
Wednesday March 21, 2018
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | FREE
Calgary Public Library, Central Library
616 MACLEOD TRAIL SE, CALGARY
Main foyer, north side of main floor

Held over the lunch hour this series invites Calgarians working downtown to enjoy their lunch while listening to talks and presentations by local artists. The unifying theme for our spring series is place, and as part of their lecture our three artists will discuss how their practice incorporates this concept. Contemporary Calgary is thrilled to be partnering with the Calgary Public Library to hold this series in the main foyer of Central Library. 
 
Our March talk will feature renowned photographer Dianne Bos, who will discuss her most recent exhibition The Sleeping Green: no man’s land 100 years later. The photographs featured within this exhibition explore the ‘no-mans-land’ of the WWI battle fields of Ypres, Passchendaele, Vimy and Somme. Bos used a variety of vintage and pinhole cameras to create these photographs and as part of the printing process also incorporated objects from the sites such as rocks, leaves and a bullet. These photographs were taken between 2014 and 2016, a century after The Great War. 
 
Dianne Bos was born in Hamilton, Ontario, received her B.F.A. from Mount
Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, and currently divides her time
between the foothills of the Rockies and the Pyrenees. Her photographs have
been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions since
1981.

Registration recommended.
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ART FLICKS
Sondra Meszaros presents Belle de Jour (1967)
Sunday March 25, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | FREE
Model Citizen
308 17TH AVENUE SW, CALGARY

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon watching films selected by local artists! Art Flicks is a monthly series featuring Calgary artists, curators and designers who introduce films which have influenced and inspired their work.
 
Our first Art Flicks of the spring season will feature inspired artist Sondra Meszaros who will introduce Belle de Jour (1967). She will be discussing her academic and artistic exploration of representations of female sexuality in relation to the themes of the film.
 
We are thrilled to be hosting this event at Model Citizen, the seductive and art-filled speakeasy located  on the same block as Model Milk. 
 
Synopsis: Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and its viewers’), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality commingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits.

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January Public Programs
Jan
1
to Jan 23

January Public Programs

Event // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

CONTEMPORARY KIDS
/ Calligraphy from Around the World

Sunday January 7, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | FREE

Each iteration of this monthly series will focus on one specific artwork, artist, or theme found in our current exhibition, welcoming families for a brief tour followed by and engaging art activity developed specifically for children, ages 5-12.

Calligraphy from Around the World will give children the opportunity to learn and practice calligraphy from different cultures. 

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LUNCH HOUR AUTHOR READINGS
/ Nikki Reimer, DOWNVERSE and [sic]

Wednesday January 10, 2018
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | FREE

Held over the lunch hour this series invites Calgarians working in the downtown core to enjoy their lunch while listening to talks and presentations by artists whose work blends modes of writing with the visual arts.

NIKKI REIMER is a carbon-based life form residing on the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 people of Southern Alberta (Calgary). She may or may not be undead.
 
Reimer writes poetry, non-fiction and criticism, organizes in community, yells on the internet, and makes digital art. Reimer has published two books of poetry: DOWNVERSE (Talonbooks) and [sic] (Frontenac House), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her work has also been shortlisted for the Lit POP award and the PRISM International Creative Non-Fiction contest. Creative and non-fiction work has appeared on stages, billboards, public art exhibits, pop-up bistro menus, and in The Rusty Toque, The Capilano Review, About A Bicycle, The Maynard, The Toast, Modern Loss, The Rumpus, Matrix, Truck, Windsor Review, Lemon Hound, SubTerrain, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Poetry is Dead, PRISM International, Branch Magazine, EVENT Magazine, Quill & Quire, and in various anthologies. She was named a Best Writer Under 35 in 2013 by Windsor Review.
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FRENCH CONNECTIONS
Matinée du Film: La Nouvelle Vague / Film Matinee: French New Wave

Présenté en partenariat avec l'Alliance Française de Calgary
Sunday January 14, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | FREE

Pour notre première soirée dans la série de prestations intitulée French Connections, nous présentons Les 400 coups, le chef-d'oeuvre de François Truffaut, qui, à lui seul, a servi à définir la nouvelle vague du cinéma à l'époque. Notre directeur et PDG, M. Pierre Arpin, introduira le film en contextualisant le style révolutionnaire de la nouvelle vague française.
 
Cette présentation aura lieu dans notre salle de projection (au sous-sol) où nos invités pourront se prélasser sur notre mobilier classique du 20e siècle - tout en dégustant gratuitement un délicieux maïs soufflé. La courte présentation aura lieu en français, alors que le film sera présenté avec sous-titres en anglais.
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For our first French Connections film screening we will be showing François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, a defining film of French nouvelle vague or “New Wave” cinema. Our Director and CEO Pierre Arpin will provide an introduction to the film, discussing the revolutionary style of “New Wave” cinema and how the film relates to our current exhibition extratextual
 
This matinée will be held in Contemporary Calgary’s screening room where you can relax on chic mid-century modern leather couches while enjoying complimentary popcorn. The introductory talk will be held in French and the film will be screened with english subtitles.
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LATE NIGHT THURSDAY
/ The Art of Writing Lyrics

Thursday January 18, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | FREE

Doors open at 7pm - performance begins at 7:15pm

Join us in celebrating the final public program of extratextual featuring a stage show by Selci, which features dancers from Trip The Light contemporary dance crew (Calgary), visuals by artist Sebastian Jarmula (Calgary), and a stage installation that she designed herself. The evening will begin with an introduction by Selci in which she will discuss her process of writing lyrics.

Selci (sell-see) is a Calgary-based singer, producer and songwriter who creates her own beats in an ambient pop/electronica style with elements of r&b. She’s influenced by a variety of pop artists ranging from Grimes to FKA Twigs, Bjork to Erykah Badu and an obsession with James Blake and Frank Ocean. 

Selci’s new single and video Apple$ (early 2018) is being supported with a tour of Western Canada, including shows in Winnipeg (her hometown), Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. 

“ This song has developed over a span of two years, it discusses how gender identity and beauty standards are purveyed in our culture. These concepts affected me deeply growing up. The creation process of the poetry, song, and video was incredibly healing and intense.” - Selci

Her debut single, ‘Gone W Thuh Wind’ (Sept. 2017), was accompanied by a music video that she self-styled, set designed and directed. 

Selci completed her first tour of western Canada in August 2016 following the release of her limited edition (50 cassette copies) EP Earth Person, which included a sold-out show at the Good Will Social Club in Winnipeg. 

In 2017 she also played Manitoba’s Rainbow Trout Music Festival, Shine On Music Festival, and launched Synonym’s Wall To Wall Mural & Cultural Festival in Winnipeg. She was also booked to play Snowdance Fest (Falcon Lake) and Big Fun Fest (Winnipeg) in winter of 2018. 

Selci is a trained classical musician having professionally studied opera, composition, electronics, and new music. She has collaborated with a variety of artists in other mediums such as dance, video, paint, sculpture, and healing arts. She is an avid writer who specializes in poetry. 
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MARATHON READING WEEKEND
/ Gertrude Stein, Three Lives

Sunday January 21, 2018
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | FREE

Were you one of those kids who loved being read to? In these digital times, we read alone on our screens and in our homes, but Contemporary Calgary would like to bring the community together on a cold January day, to read together, to listen to each other read and to enjoy hearing words spoken aloud together. Please join us for a reading marathon of Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives!  We invite you to read, sing, whisper, read in chorus, and generally have fun with this groundbreaking text, which itself combines the voices of three characters to create a revolutionary experimental narrative work.
 
This event will take place on Sunday January 21st from 10-4pm in Contemporary Calgary’s gallery space which will be filled with leather couches, pillows and comfy beanbag chairs. Breaks will be scheduled throughout the day with complimentary pastries and coffee, lunch and beverages. The day will end with a glass of wine and some cupcakes to celebrate Gertrude Stein’s birthday on February 3rd. 
 
Guests are welcome to join us for the duration of the event or stop by throughout the day to assist with reading or to listen!
 
The writings of Gertrude Stein have inspired several artists in our current extratextual exhibition including Mary Scott and Eve Fowler. These artists and their works will be introduced at the beginning of the event as part of a brief gallery tour. 
 
Please note, we require a certain number of participants to hold this event. We will be in touch with you if adequate enrolment is not reached. RSVP through eventbrite or email CHARLOTTE.LEGALLAIS@CONTEMPOARYCALGARY.COM

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DECEMBER PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Dec
3
to Dec 30

DECEMBER PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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CONTEMPORARY KIDS
/ Writing with Sculpture

Sunday December 3, 2017
2-4 PM | FREE

Each iteration of this monthly series will focus on one specific artwork, artist, or theme found in our current exhibition, welcoming families for a brief tour followed by an engaging art activity developed specifically for children, ages 5-12.

Writing with Sculpture will have children colourfully sculpt their favourite letters, words or poetry through the use of various mediums, linking to exhibiting artist Mary Scott.

Registration required. 

LIT FLICKS

/ Lisa Baldissera presents the films of Moyra Davey and John Latham

Tuesday December 5, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM | FREE

Please join us for a very exciting Lit Flicks program featuring Contemporary Calgary’s Senior Curator Lisa Baldissera who will introduce films by Moyra Davey and John Latham. Within her introduction Lisa will also discuss the curatorial process for Extratextual, which she co-curated with Joanne Bristol. Extratextual will be on exhibit until January 21st and explores ways in which modes of writing, as well as concepts of textuality and narrative have informed artistic production.
 
Lisa Baldissera has worked in curatorial roles in public art galleries throughout Western Canada and as an independent curator, consultant, and writer for over 15 years. She was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Chief Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery and has produced more than fifty exhibitions of local, Canadian, and international artists.  She holds MFAs in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and in Art from the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently a PhD student at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has served on contemporary art juries across Canada, including the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Sobey Art Award, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the British Columbia Arts Council and was a Professional Affiliate at the University of Saskatchewan as well as a contributing editor for the Arts Canada Institute online art book series, where she produced a publication on Emily Carr. 
 
Moyra Davey is an artist based in New York, and whose work comprises the fields of photography, film, and writing. She has produced several narrative videos, most recently Wedding Loop (2017) as part of her contribution to this year’s dOCUMENTA 14. She is the author of numerous publications including Burn the Diaries and The Problem of Reading, and is the editor of Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood. Davey has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at institutions including Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2016); Camden Arts Centre, London (2014); Kunsthalle Basel (2010); and Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2008). Her work is found in major public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Tate Modern in London. She was awarded the Anonymous was a Woman Award in 2014.

Registration required.

*Members and invited guests (ticket holders)

ELDER SERIES
/ Tour and Roundtable Discussion with Lisa Baldissera

Wednesday December 6, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | FREE

Further details to come.

LUNCH HOUR AUTHOR READINGS
/ Barbara Sutherland and Richard Harrison, Print(ed) Word Project with Loft 112


Wednesday December 13, 2017
12:15-12:45 PM | FREE

Held over the lunch hour this series invites Calgarians working in the downtown core to enjoy their lunch while listening to talks and presentations by artists whose work blends modes of writing with the visual arts.

Please join us for a very exciting Lunch Hour Author Readings featuring Barbara Sutherland and Richard Harrison who will discuss their collaboration on the Print(ed) Word project. Alberta Printmakers Society(A/P) and Loft 112 initiated Print(ed) Word: a collaboration uniting writers and printmakers to create artists’ books which feature artist interpretations from the text of new writing by 12 Calgary authors and poets to enhance, alter and illuminate a reader’s journey. 
 
Barbara Sutherland is an artist and educator whose practice involves a cross-discipline approach to working with cloth, sculpture and installation. She is drawn to working with cloth because of its history as part of our intimate lives, and its place in the development of the spaces outside us; the architectural form within which we live, work and play. She has received numerous awards including a SSHRC Graduate Scholarship and a Governor General’s Academic Medal. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, in Europe and Australia and she has worked in collaboration with other artists, writers and composers. 
 
Richard Harrison is a multiple-award-winning poet, essayist, and editor. His most recent book, On Not Losing My Father's Ashes in the Flood, has been awarded the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry.  The book was shortlisted for the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and won the Stephan G. Stephansson Alberta Poetry Prize.  His six books of poetry include Big Breath of a Wish, poems about his daughter’s acquisition of language, and Hero of the Play, poems in the language of hockey, launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. He has published on literary criticism, cosplay, spoken word poetry, and mathematics. As well as hockey and literature (about which he co-edited the collection Now is the Winter), Richard also contributes to the scholarship on the superhero: with MRU colleague Lee Easton, he co-authored the book of essays, Secret Identity Reader (2010). Richard teaches composition, creative writing (poetry), and comics and graphic novels.
 
Alberta Printmakers facilitates contemporary interpretations of print media in culture. It promotes printmaking as an evolving, contemporary medium by providing artists and the public with access to production facilities, education programs, research opportunities, lectures and exhibitions of new work. A/P promotes printmaking as an evolving, contemporary medium by providing artists and the public with access to production facilities, education programs, research opportunities, lectures and exhibitions of new work.
http://www.albertaprintmakers.com
 
Loft 112 is a literary creative space in Calgary’s East Village that serves as a centre for writers and artists of all kinds. It is a creative hive where ideas are developed, a place where established and emerging writers, readers, artists and poets are supported, a place where unheard voices are given a platform and a place of collaboration. Loft 112 is an inclusive, affordable space.
www.loft112.org

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2167: An Indigenous Virtual Reality Experience presented by imagiNATIVE & TIFF
Nov
22
to Nov 26

2167: An Indigenous Virtual Reality Experience presented by imagiNATIVE & TIFF

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2167 is a virtual reality project commissioned and produced by TIFF, imagineNATIVE, Pinnguaq, and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

As part of TIFF’s sesquicentennial initiative, Canada on Screen, four Indigenous filmmakers and artists — Jeff Barnaby, Danis Goulet, Kent Monkman, Scott Benesiinaabandan, and the interdisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity — were commissioned to create VR projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years in the future. 

Come engage with these works in a special, FREE exhibition!

Please click HERE  to register and visit  HTTP://WWW.IMAGINENATIVE.ORG/2167-ON-TOUR for further information.

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NOVEMBER PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Nov
2
to Nov 23

NOVEMBER PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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LATE NIGHT THURSDAY
/ “When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out:

William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Marshal McLuhan and the Cut-Up”, a lecture presented by Blair Brennan. 

Thursday November 2, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM | FREE

Combining film screenings, local guest speakers, music, cocktails and food, our monthly series Late Nights at Contemporary Calgary invites Calgarians to learn about contemporary art, writing and design while enjoying a night out with friends. 
 
Edmonton artist Blair Brennan explores the “cut-up” method of Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs. Brennan has long been fascinated by this aleatory technique (a sort of literary collage) and has employed it frequently in his own text-based artworks. The literary experiment was fundamental to a significant portion of Burroughs output as a writer and his visual art; however, it is tempting to disregard Burroughs’ use of the cut- up as the whimsical idiosyncrasy of one author. Marshal McLuhan’s 1964 article in The Nation on Burroughs’ infamous book Naked Lunch, provides insight into the use of the cut-up, not as a novelty but as a methodology that can, as Burroughs suggested, be readily adapted to the work of any writer, musician or artist.

CONTEMPORARY KIDS
/ Storybook Illustration


Sunday, November 5, 2017
2:00PM - 4:00 PM | FREE

Each iteration of this monthly series will focus on one specific artwork, artist, or theme found in our current exhibition, welcoming families for a brief tour followed by an engaging art activity developed specifically for children, ages 5-12.

Please join us for a very special Contemporary Kids event where we will work together to illustrate a stroy about visiting the gallery. Each child will be given a page to draw or paint and the final images will be collected, printed and bound into a publication which will be yours to keep!

Registration required. 

LUNCH HOUR AUTHOR READINGS
/ Tomas Jonsson, Home Turf


Wednesday November 15, 2017
12:15-12:45 PM | FREE

Held over the lunch hour this series invites Calgarians working in the downtown core to enjoy their lunch while listening to talks and presentations by artists whose work blends modes of writing with the visual arts.

In his performative reading Home Turf, Calgary-based writer, curator and artist Tomas Jonsson observes the intertwining relationships between family, land, narrative, and memory. Through one-on-one engagement with archival materials from his family's personal collection. Jonsson reflects on personal relationships to land, and development in Calgary. Jonsson's presentation will also discuss the relationship between his artistic and writing practices, which intertwine his interest in issues of social agency in processes of urban growth and transformation.

LATE NIGHT THURSDAY
The Language of Symbols and Script in Body Art with Trevor Varem


Thursday November 16, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 PM | FREE

Please join us on November 16th from 7-9pm for a talk about symbols and script in body art by Trevor Varem of Mission Tattoo. Trevor will share the stories and creative process behind some of his favourite designs. This talk will demonstrate how tattoos act as personal narratives and the varied ways in which symbols and script are read and create meaning. With over ten years experience as a tattoo artist Trevor will also discuss technical considerations when designing a tattoo and how the industry has been influenced by the rise of social media.
 
Call for submissions: 
Have you been thinking of getting a custom designed tattoo to visualize and commemorate your story or memory? To illustrate his design process Trevor will select an entry and create custom designs which will be presented as part of his talk. For more information please email Charlotte CHARLOTTE.LEGALLAIS@CONTEMPORARYCALGARY.COM
 
After receiving a BFA in Print Media from ACAD in 2007 Trevor began his career as a tattoo artist, taking his interest in print design from paper to skin. His personal and professional practices have been driven by an interest in visually representing the curious and the strange, giving shapes to these concepts through the language of symbolism. His favourite aspect of his job is creating unique designs from the memories and stories of his clients, meanings which may be cryptic or clear. Trevor currently works at Calgary’s Mission Tattoo Parlour. 
 
This talk is part a selection of public programming for Contemporary Calgary’s current exhibition extratextualwhich explores the intersection between writing and art. 

*Members and invited guests (ticket holders) 

FRENCH CONNECTIONS
/ Jeunesse Contemporaine: Tissage et Tapisserie / Contemporary Kids: Weaving and Tapestry


dimanche 19 novembre, 2017
14h00-16h00 | GRATUIT

Lors de chaque session, nous nous concentrerons sur une oeuvre d'art, un artiste, ou un thème découvert dans l'exposition en cours - nous invitons votre famille à participer à une brève visite de l'exposition suivie d'un atelier de création - les ateliers sont développés ayant en vue les enfants de 5 à 12 ans.
Notre atelier Tissage et tapisserie permettra aux enfants de décorer leur propre tapisserie tout découvrant l'art du tissage - cette activité étant liée tout spécialement aux oeuvres exposées des artistes Carl Beam et Ann Newdigate.  
 
Contemporary Kids / Weaving and Tapestry
Sunday November 19, 2017
2:00-4:00 PM | FREE

Each iteration of this monthly series will focus on one specific artwork, artist, or theme found in our current exhibition, welcoming families for a brief tour followed by an engaging art activity developed specifically for children, ages 5-12.
Weaving and Tapestry will have children decorate their own fabric wall tapestry and learn the art of weaving, linking to exhibiting artists Carl Beam and Ann Newdigate.

Enregistrement requis / Registration required

LIT FLICKS

/ Joshua Whitehead presents Akira (1988)

Tuesday November 21, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM | FREE

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree/nehiyaw, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1) in Manitowapow. He is the 2017 winner of the Indigenous Arts and Stories competition and recipient of a Governor General's History Award for his poem "mihkokwaniy". His debut book of poetry, full-metal indigiqueer, was published this fall with Talonbooks while his debut novel, Jonny Appleseed, is forthcoming in Spring 2018 through Arsenal Pulp Press.

Joshua will introduce Akira, a 1988 Japanese adult anime science fiction film based on Otomo's manga of the same name.

*Members and invited guests (ticket holders)

2167: An Indigenous Virtual Reality Experience presented by imagiNATIVE & TIFF

Wednesday - Sunday November 22 - 26 , 2017
12:00-6:00 PM | FREE

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

/ Visite guidée en français avec le directeur, M. Pierre Arpin / French Tour and Reception with Director & CEO Pierre Arpin

Thursday November 23, 2017
6:00-7:00 PM | FREE

Sous la rubrique 'French Connections' nous vous proposons une journée familiale, un film ainsi qu'une visite guidée.  Les membres de la communauté francophone (et francophile!) sont donc invités à participer à l'ouverture officielle de cette série de soirées avec notre directeur, M. Pierre Arpin qui présentera une tournée de l'exposition en cours - un vin d'honneur (français!) sera aussi servi. 
 
French Connections: Featuring a family day, exhibition tour and film screening in French, members of our Francophone community are invited to celebrate the launch of this new programming series with Director and CEO Pierre Arpin who will give a tour of the exhibition with a wine and cheese reception.

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OCTOBER PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Oct
11
to Nov 2

OCTOBER PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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LUNCH HOUR AUTHOR READINGS

“Magyarázni: Writing about Family and Culture”, a presentation by visual poet Helen Hajnoczky

Wednesday October 11, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM | FREE

Held over the lunch hour this series invites Calgarians working in the downtown core to enjoy their lunch while listening to talks and presentations by artists whose work blends modes of writing with the visual arts. 
 
The word "magyarázni" (pronounced MUG-yar-az-knee) means "to explain" in Hungarian, but translates literally as "make it Hungarian." This faux-Hungarian language primer, written in direct address, invites readers to experience what it's like to be "made Hungarian" by growing up with a parent who immigrated to North America as a refugee. In forty-five folk-art visual poems each paired with a written poem, Hajnoczky reveals the beauty and tension of first-generation cultural identity.

Registration recommended.

CONTEMPORARY KIDS

Weaving and Tapestry

Sunday, October 15, 2017
2:00PM - 4:00 PM | FREE

Each iteration of this monthly series will focus on one specific artwork, artist, or theme found in our current exhibition, welcoming families for a brief tour followed by an engaging art activity developed specifically for children, ages 5-12. 
 
Weaving and Tapestry will have children decorate their own fabric wall tapestry and learn the art of weaving, linking to exhibiting artists Carl Beam and Ann Newdigate. 
 
Registration required. 

LIT FLICKS

/ Suzette Mayr presents The Haunting

Tuesday October 24, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM | FREE

This monthly program will feature local authors, curators and artists who will introduce films which have influenced and inspired their work. 
 
The first Lit Flicks of the season will feature author Suzette Mayr who will talk about her new book “Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall” and introduce the horror film The Haunting (1963) just in time for the Halloween season! 
 
This program will be held in our newly renovated media gallery. Enjoy this introductory talk and film screening on chic mid-century modern leather couches while enjoying cocktails and Halloween candy! 
 
Registration required. 

ART OF OUR TIMES

Wednesday October 25, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM | FREE

Please join us on the last Wednesday of each month for a lunch hour tour and intriguing talk by one of our gallery staff. Areas of focus are developed on an ongoing basis and will be different each month. 

Registration recommended.

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​Brunch Launch
Sep
17
12:15 PM12:15

​Brunch Launch

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Brunch Launch is a pre-book-launch-reading event presented in connection with Contemporary Calgary’s, Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do?, a symposium on the agencies and futures of art writing. This event features eight exciting writers, who will present brief readings (5-8 minutes) from works that have just been published or are on the verge of being published.

 Sunday, September 17
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Contemporary Calgary
 
Hosted by Contemporary Calgary Senior Curator, Lisa Baldissera and independent curator, Joanne BristolBrunch Launch features:
Sky GooddenMomus: A Return to Art Criticism (Vol. 1, 2014-17)
Since 2014, Momus has dedicated itself to the vital, uphill work of producing criticism in a mostly uncritical time. Now for the first time, this online publication is moving into print with a compendium of its best – and best-read – art writing: twenty-one writers speaking truth to power, in history’s court.
MOMUS.CA

Kristy Triniereyedoll by Tennis Club (Edmonton: Publication Studio Edmonton)
Tennis Club, a collective featuring artists Alyson Davies, Megan Gnanasihamany, Morgan Melenka, Renée Perrott, and Marie Winters, have been working in a variety of contemporary modes exploring themes of femininity, sport, and class through performed identities. Tennis Club Fan Memberships are available via WWW.YEGTENNISCLUB.COM.    PUBLICATION-STUDIO.MYSHOPIFY.COM

Emmanuel IdumaThe Sound of Things to Come (New York: The Mantle)
A young woman loses her grip on reality, destroyed by being the mistress of a powerful general. A pastor hides the innocent from marauding gangs hyped up by post-election fervor. A philosophy professor struggles against his better judgment to save everyone but himself. In present day Nigeria, there are many centers of the universe. Loosely centered on the activities of a church, the many colorfully drawn characters in Emmanuel Iduma’s breakthrough novel illuminate the complex interconnectedness of a community where individuals struggle through their own painful dramas. First published in 2012 as Farad in Nigeria, Iduma’s novel is the disruptive harbinger of Nigeria's rising generation of writers.   WWW.MANTLETHOUGHT.ORG/CONTENT/SOUND-THINGS-COME
Jennifer Krasinski, ‘Untitled’ (a long essay on Blanchot and love).
 
Amy FungBefore I was a critic, I was a human being(Vancouver: Artspeak, 2019)
Going into official and unofficial histories from institutional archives, oral histories, and gossip, the forthcoming text is a creative non fiction treatment of the violence of white supremacy in the Canadian art world. This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.   amyfung.ca

Maryse LarivièreOrgazing, (Calgary: Untitled Art Society)
. . . Orgazing is an epistolary novella set on the remote Scottish island of Staffa. A woman, held captive in an institution built atop Fingal’s Cave, addresses her beloved about their failed revolution, her attempt to transform writing into telepathic singing, and her effort to develop this mode of communication while incarcerated. Shifting between prose and poetry, word and birdsong, Orgazing explores the limits of body and voice, articulating an unsettled longing for metamorphosis. Orgazing, along with installation, sound, and film work, is part of Larivière’s project Under the Cave of Winds, currently on view at Untitled Contemporary Art until September 23.   www.uascalgary.org/current.html

derek beaulieu, a, A Novel (Paris: Jean Boîte Éditions)
derek beaulieu’s a, A Novel (Jean Boîte Éditions, 2017) uses Andy Warhol’s novel of the same name to present a sonic portrait of the streets of New York in the 1960s. Mining Warhol’s novel, beaulieu leaves only the punctuation marks (the traffic signs of literature) and the onomatopoeia; leaving only the thrum of our days.   WWW.JEAN-BOITE.FR/PRODUCT/A-A-NOVEL-BY-DEREK-BEAULIEU
 
Maria Fusco, Give Up Art: Collected Critical Writings (LA/Vancouver: New Documents)
Give Up Art is a new collection of critical writing by Maria Fusco, published by New Documents (LA/Vancouver). James Elkins has written of it "After a book like this, most nonfiction seems curiously unaware of what writing can be."    MARIAFUSCO.NET/WRITING/GIVE-ART/
 

Brunch Launch also features:
 
Pop-Up Book Shop
Presented by Shelf Life Books
HTTP://SHELFLIFEBOOKS.CA
Featuring a selection of publications by Never the Same participants, the Pop-Up Book Shop presented by Shelf Life Books will be on site during the following events:
 
This event is free; light refreshments will be served.
 
neverthesame.ca

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NEVER THE SAME: what (else) can art writing do?
Sep
15
to Sep 17

NEVER THE SAME: what (else) can art writing do?

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Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do? 
An international symposium on the agencies and futures of art writing

For more information go to: NEVERTHESAME.CA

Never the Same was made possible by the generous support of our funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, the City of Calgary, and Calgary Foundation. 

Thank you to our generous sponsor Canadian Art and partners CJSW, ACAD, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary and Shelf Life Books.

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SEPTEMBER PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Sep
10
to Sep 28

SEPTEMBER PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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LATE NIGHT THURSDAY

I Love Dick TV Series Marathon

Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM | FREE
 

Our first Late Night event of the season will feature drinks, chips and guacamole from Native Tongues and Kevin Bacon! The evening will feature a marathon of the popular TV series I Love Dick, adapted from the cult novel by Chris Kraus, keynote speaker from our recent symposium. 

"Adapted from the lauded feminist novel, I Love Dick is set in a colourful academic community in Marfa, Texas. It tells the story of a struggling married couple, Chris and Sylvere, and their obsession with a charismatic professor named Dick. Told in Rashomon-style shifts of POV, I Love Dick charts the unraveling of a marriage, the awakening of an artist and the deification of a reluctant messiah." -Amazon

This marathon will run just over three hours but we will be taking cerveza and guacamole breaks on the hour! Arrive early with your friends to claim one of our letter couches.

*Please note, viewer discretion is advised

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EXTRATEXTUAL
Sep
1
to Jan 21

EXTRATEXTUAL

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EXHIBITION / September 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, September 15, 6:00PM - 10:00PM


EVENING SCHEDULE:
Book Launch / Chris Kraus, 
After Kathy Acker 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Opening Remarks / 6:30PM - 6:45PM

* Special guests, artists, presenters and curators in attendance from 6:00PM - 8:00PM

extratextual, curated by Lisa Baldissera and Joanne Bristol

extratextual will be held from September 1, 2017 to January 21, 2018 at Contemporary Calgary. The project explores ways in which modes of writing, as well as concepts of textuality and narrative have informed artistic production. The exhibition will include contemporary and historical projects by artists and writers across disciplines. It looks at ways in which texts have both informed and created their own cosmologies, event-scapes and terms of engagement, and how they shape our understanding of contemporary narrative as well as visual and spatial culture.

The exhibition is linked to an international symposium on the agencies and futures of art writing. Titled, Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do?  the symposium will take place from September 15 to 17, 2017. Both the symposium and exhibition investigate the places for, and political implications of, de-instrumentalized forms of writing.  In an age of austerity, neocolonialism, neoliberal uses of creativity and art marketing, these forums seek to identify ways in which art writing in-the-expanded-field might enact resistance to such forces. They do so by articulating how performativities and materialities of (re)emergent modes of artistic writing enact agonisms and solidarities in relation to art audiences. Finally, they consider art writing as an ethical practice towards an understanding/in defense of artistic knowledge.

To register visit NEVERTHESAME.CA

Above images from a spectacle and nothing strange(2010, letterpress poster series) by Eve
Fowler. Photographs courtesy the artist and Mier Gallery.

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GIVEAWAY
Aug
11
to Aug 26

GIVEAWAY

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GIVEAWAY / August 11 - 26, 2017
 

Visit all three of our offsite locations hosting WILD: Fabricating a Frontier and receive a FREE membership, UTOPIA FACTORY publication, a tote bag AND a chance to win a ticket to Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do? Visit NEVERTHESAME.CA for details.

Globe Cinema: FRIDAYS, 12 - 6PM
Victoria School: WED - SUN, 12 - 6PM
Illingworth Kerr Gallery: TUES - FRI, 12 - 6PM
                                          SAT, 12 - 4PM

Step 1: Go to any offsite location and receive a stamp card
Step 2: Continue to all locations to receive your stamps
Step 3: Bring your card with all three stamps to Contemporary Calgary to receive your FREE membership, UTOPIA FACTORY publication, tote bag AND enter your name in a draw to win a ticket to Never the Same.

The winner will be contacted on August 28th. 

For any questions please contact info@contemporarycalgary.com or call 403-770-1350

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WILD: Fabricating a Frontier
Jul
7
to Aug 26

WILD: Fabricating a Frontier

Exhibition // OFFSITE

Globe Cinema - 617 8 Avenue SW
Victoria School - 411 11 Avenue SE
Illingworth Kerr Gallery - 1407 14 Avenue NW

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th - Happenings 9 / Arts Commons / 6PM - 9PM FREE

Performance by Cheryl Foggo and Miranda Martini at 7:40PM!

As a part of WILD, Cheryl Foggo will present a reading from John Ware Reimagined, with underscore music by Miranda Martini. Followed by a reading from John Ware Reclaimed and performance of "Mildred's Lullaby" by Miranda Martini.

EXHIBITION / July 7 – August 26, 2017

A frontier, unlike a border, represents a zone of relations where it is possible for all those involved to be affected and changed by the encounters. WILD: Fabricating a Frontier examines and complicates frontier narratives by producing and performing alternative vocalizations of what it means to live in contested zones.  This project particularly examines this concern within settler colonial contexts—geographic, political, post-colonial, psychic, interspecies—and looks for ways to retain their narrative complexity. Exploring the affectations of settler colonial romanticism and its persistence in performances of the “Wild West”, this project troubles settler hegemonies and offers alternative practices of wildness.

In a moment in which issues of belonging, settlement and migration dominate global political discourse, within the largest mass movement of refugees to have taken place since the Second World War, WILDaddresses the long-lasting nature of the debate, and the necessity for an urgent reshaping of the narrative of who is welcome and who is not, the historical effects of displacement on immigrants and the requirement for a national discourse on care and empathy as a part of national identity.
 
Exploring interspecies relations, the intersectionality of the frontier, and feminist and Indigenous discourses, WILD: Fabricating a Frontier offers an incisive, humourous and rambunctious counter-telling around the campfire through two major components: an intensive ten-day festival held primarily at the Globe Cinema over the duration of the Calgary Stampede (July 7-15) featuring nightly performances, film screenings, and discussions by local, national, and international artists, filmmakers, curators, and writers, and an exhibition running from July 7 to August 26 across three venues throughout Calgary: the former Victoria School (411 11th Avenue SE), the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (1407 14th Avenue NW), and the Globe Cinema (617 8th Avenue SW).
 
Contemporary Calgary is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III. WILD: Fabricating a Frontier is presented by Contemporary Calgary in partnership with the Calgary Underground Film Festival and M:ST Performative Art Festival, and has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

For full schedule of events, please click HERE.

Contemporary Calgary will require a number of volunteers to assist with the WILD Festival. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nura Ali HERE.
    

Image credit: Julian Rosefeldt, American Night, 2009 ©️ The artist and VG Bild-Kunst, 2017

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STAMPEDE LUNCH
Jul
7
1:00 PM13:00

STAMPEDE LUNCH

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LUNCH / Friday, July 7, 2017
1:00 – 3:00PM | until supplies last

You don't have to get art to "git" lunch! 

We invite you to join us for some boot-stomping fun and a FREE Stampede Lunch. Contemporary Calgary staff will be serving up a Stampede classic - beef on a bun. Join in on the Stampede tradition by wearing your blue jeans, cowboy boots and hat!

After enjoying a hearty lunch, Buffalo Boy's Stampede Tickle and Slap, a performance by Adrian Stimson, will take place from 3:00 - 4:00 PM outside the gallery on Stephen Avenue. Following the performance, a parade led by Stimson, will lead to the Globe Cinema for another performance and the WILD reception. This will kick off ten days of special screenings, artist talks, and performances at Globe Cinema with exhibition a Victoria School and Illingworth Kerr Gallery.

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JUNE PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Jun
1
to Jun 30

JUNE PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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CONTEMPORARY KIDS

Building Centennial Structures

Sunday, June 4, 2017
2:00-4:00 PM | FREE

Each iteration of this monthly series will focus on one specific artwork, artist, or theme found in our current exhibitions, welcoming families for a brief tour followed by an engaging art activity developed specifically for children, ages 5-12.
 
Building Centennial Structures will have children create structures inspired by the centennial buildings constructed across Canada, which are the focus of our newest exhibition, Architecture and National Identity.

LATE NIGHT THURSDAY

Patio Party

Thursday, June 8, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM | FREE

Please join us for Contemporary Calgary's Patio Party to celebrate the beginning of summer. Our loading dock will be transformed into an urban lounge, with disco balls and video projections! The evening will kick off with a talk by FRANK Architecture & Interiors, whose projects include Calgary's chicest new bars and restaurants. FRANK will discuss social spaces and urbanism. Afterwards, the patio will be open and drinks, music, and food will complete this celebratory evening!

ART OF OUR TIMES

Lunch Tour

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
12:10-12:50 PM | FREE

Held over the lunch hour, this monthly series invites Calgarians working in the downtown core to enjoy their lunch while they listen to an intriguing talk tied to our ongoing exhibitions.

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MAY PUBLIC PROGRAMS
May
1
to May 31

MAY PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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ARTIST TALK + PANEL DISCUSSION

Architecture & National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Year On

Saturday, May 6, 2017
1:00-2:30 PM | FREE

Join us for a series of programs presented in conjunction with UTOPIA FACTORY, a suite of three exhibitions exploring architectural monuments and the urban fabric in the formation of national and civic identity. 

The program will begin with brief presentations by Nils Norman, who will look at past projects and how they relate to his new work presented as part of Research Station, and by Marco Polo and Colin Ripley, the Co-Curators of Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On. Following these presentations, a panel discussion between Norman, Polo, and Ripley will be led by Amery Calvelli, co-founder and Executive Director of d.talks, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the education and public understanding of art, architecture, and design in the built environment.

Registration recommended.

CONTEMPORARY KIDS

Replicating Artifacts

Sunday, May 7, 2017
2:00-4:00 PM | FREE
 
Each iteration of this monthly series will focus on one specific artwork, artist, or theme found in our current exhibitions, welcoming families for a brief tour followed by an engaging activity developed specifically for children, ages 5-12.

Replicating Artifacts will have children recreate a famous sculpture out of wax, linking to exhibiting artist Morehshin Allahyari's sculptures. Allahyari's sculptures replicate destroyed artifacts using a 3D printer, embedding a microchip containing images, maps, information, and videos to memorialize these lost works. The wax blocks will correspond to information about the sculpture the child chooses to recreate. Children will be taught basic carving skills and techniques.

Registration required.

LATE NIGHT THURSDAY

Urbanized

Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM | FREE
 
Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

Jordan Allen, founding partner of Bioi Design + Build will introduce Urbanized. He will discuss the challenges that face the city in terms of creating and sustaining the urban realm in Calgary.

Registration recommended.

ART OF OUR TIMES

Lunch Tour

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
12:00 PM | FREE
 
Held over the lunch hour, this monthly series invites Calgarians working in the downtown core to enjoy their lunch while they listen to an intriguing talk developed on an ongoing basis, each tying our ongoing exhibitions to current events.

Registration recommended.

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APRIL PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Apr
1
to Apr 30

APRIL PUBLIC PROGRAMS

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CONTEMPORARY KIDS

Paper Cities

Saturday, April 9, 2017
2:00-4:00 PM | FREE

Each iteration of this monthly series will focus on one specific artwork, artist, or theme found in our current exhibitions, welcoming families for a brief tour followed by an engaging activity developed specifically for children, ages 5-12.

Paper Cities will have children cut, colour, and arrange reproductions of well-known monuments, linking to exhibiting artist Kotama Bouabane's photography, to travel the world and create their own city of famous monuments.

Registration required.

LATE NIGHT THURSDAY

/ Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM | FREE

Combining film screenings, local guest speakers, cocktails, coffee, music, and food, Late Nights at Contemporary Calgary invites Calgarians to learn about contemporary art, architecture, and design while enjoying a night out with friends.

For the inaugural Late Night Thursday, Fritz Lang's Metropolis will be screening in the Top Gallery. This cult film portrays a futuristic urban dystopia inspired by the visual language of Art Deco and German Expressionism.

WORKSHOP

Automatic Writing with Mark Clintberg

Saturday, April 22, 2017
1:00-3:00 PM | FREE

Join exhibiting artist Mark Clintberg as he leads a workshop focused on automatic writing, a process he has employed in developing several works, including Not over you, an illuminated sign and mounting system currently on view in the lobby of Contemporary Calgary as part of Research Station.

Registration required.

Image credit: Jeremy Pavka

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Art of Our Times / Lunch Tour
Mar
22
to May 1

Art of Our Times / Lunch Tour

Event // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Every Wednesday
12:10-12:50 PM | FREE

Held over the lunch hour, this weekly series invites Calgarians working in the downtown core to enjoy their lunch while they listen to an intriguing talk developed on an ongoing basis, each tying our ongoing exhibitions to current events.

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Panel Discussion / When Form Becomes Attitude
Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

Panel Discussion / When Form Becomes Attitude

Lecture // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Join Guest Curator, Noa Bronstein, and artists Kotama Bouabane, Maria Litwin, and Babak Golkar while they discuss the role of monuments and concepts around monumentality in constructing cities, nations and ideologies.
 
Registration recommended.

Image Credit: Isabelle Hayeur, Monument aux hommes des carrières 02, 2008-2009, inkjet print,
24 x 36 in.

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