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

The Make Believer Project

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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.

Registration recommended.

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January Public Programs
Jan
1
to Jan 23

January Public Programs

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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?

Event // OFFSITE

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

Event // OFFSITE

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

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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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UTOPIA FACTORY
Mar
16
to Jul 30

UTOPIA FACTORY

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UTOPIA FACTORY is a research and exhibition project that engages in larger discourses about the conceptualization of communities and their landmarks from a historic and contemporary perspective and encourages accessible dialogue with a broad range of publics on issues of nationalism, state-making, inclusion, and belonging at a critical juncture in Calgary’s urbanization and planning for a new public art gallery.
 

The project will investigate how state-building relates to city-building, while tracing how architecture and monuments inform memory, community-building and representations of nationhood. UTOPIA FACTORY also addresses the complexity of forming designated creative and cultural zones and civic-planning, while offering new forms or urban vitality.
 
UTOPIA FACTORY is comprised of three parts:
 

  1. When Form Becomes Attitude, curated by Noa Bronstein
  2. Research Station, curated by Lisa Baldissera and Nate McLeod
  3. Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On, curated by Marco Polo & Colin Ripley

 
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When Form Becomes Attitude
Curated by Noa Bronstein (Toronto, ON)
Main & Tall Gallery, March 16 – July 30, 2016
 
What is the political life of a building, place or historic marker? When Form Becomes Attitude points towards this question in considering the role of monuments or concepts around monumentality in constructing cities, nations and ideologies. Featuring artworks by Maria Flawia LitwinBear WitnessKotama BouabaneMorehshin AllahyariChristian JankowskiIsabelle Hayeur, Babak Golkar, and Shelagh Keeley the exhibition reflects on the negotiated intersections of design and power in which monuments are materialized. When Form Becomes Attitude also emphasizes how state-building relates to city-building, while tracing how monuments speak to the mechanisms of architectural memory. In many contexts, monuments are constructed representations of nationalism and political posturing. The artworks in this exhibition, however, raise further questions around how monuments can serve as architectural or materialized devices of resistance, performance and subversion.
 
When Form Becomes Attitude further addresses ideas around posterity in our built environment and how a nation’s official representation of itself, in the case of state sponsored monuments, prompts larger negotiations surrounding the rendering of nationalism. Equally, or perhaps more importantly, the artists within this exhibition carefully mine around and between these official renderings as a way to consider the speculative use or abuse of monuments as agents of power, politicking, gentrification, geopolitics and globalization.
 
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Research Station
Curated by Lisa Baldissera and Nate McLeod
Mezzanine Gallery & Lobby, March 16 – July 30, 2017
 
Research Station is a two-part project that features existing and research-based work by Mark Clintberg (Calgary, AB) and Nils Norman (London, UK), respectively, as they each develop new projects for the future home of Contemporary Calgary: the Centennial Planetarium. Two stages of the project will demonstrate the artists’ research and plans as they evolve, with the first opening on March 16th, 2017 (in conjunction with the reception for When Form Becomes Attitude), and the second opening on May 4th, 2017 (in conjunction with the reception for Architecture and National Identity).
 
Mark Clintberg’s existing work, Not over you will be exhibited on the façade of our current venue for the duration of UTOPIA FACTORY, offering a heartfelt, romantic nod to the building as we host our final exhibition here. In the lobby, research and plans for a new public work titled Over you, will act as a continuation of the existing work, while signaling the transition from our current venue on Stephen Avenue to our future venue in the Centennial Planetarium. A printed multiple on the relation between the two works will also be available free to visitors.
 
Nils Norman works across the disciplines of public art, architecture and urban planning. His projects challenge notions of the function of public art and the efficacy of mainstream urban planning and large-scale regeneration. Following a research trip to Calgary in January of 2017, Norman will develop an installation-based work for the Mezzanine Gallery at Contemporary Calgary, revealing his research into the history and architecture of the Centennial Planetarium while ultimately informing a future public work to be developed for the site.
 
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Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On
Curated by Marco Polo & Colin Ripley
Top Gallery, May 4 – July 30, 2017
 
The Centennial Projects are a series of major works of architecture resulting from several federal government programs leading up to the Centennial of Confederation in 1967. The ambitions of these programs, which amounted to a gigantic public building campaign, went beyond the strictly utilitarian, aiming to uncover and give form to the identity of a modern nation entering its second century of existence.
 
Between 1964 and 1970, the Centennial Grants Program and the Centennial Memorial Program provided funding for over 2,300 projects across the country, including some 860 buildings, many of which are important landmarks in their communities; several are important works within the development of Canadian modern architecture. In this exhibition, we present 21 of the most important of the buildings to emerge from the Centennial programs. These are organized loosely into three themes: Building the New; Brutalism and Landscape; and National Identity and Regional Difference.
 
All the buildings presented, from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to the UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta, are important documents of this particular moment in Canadian life and culture. The Centennial Projects, in the youthfulness and vigour of their design, matched well to the youthfulness, vigour, and optimism of Canada in the 1960s. Now, 50 years on, it is time to re-examine this remarkable moment in Canadian architecture.

Organized and circulated by Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Exhibition sponsored by:

SIMONS

 Image Credit: Nils Norman, Happy Birthday Canada, Many Happy Returns: the Self-Obsoleting, Ancient Recycling Machine, the Antediluvian Ecosophic Organism - the Calgary Centennial Planetarium, 2017.

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UTOPIA LOUNGE
Mar
16
to Apr 28

UTOPIA LOUNGE

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

March 16 - April 28, 2017
TOP GALLERY

Visit the Utopia Lounge for a popup coffee shop hosted by Kaffeeklatsch, a living wall created by Simons, and a reading room presented in partnership with Shelf Life Books, featuring texts selected by exhibiting artists and curators.

     


Image Credit: Jeremy Pavka

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NEXT2016: Artist Talk & Performance
Feb
16
6:00 PM18:00

NEXT2016: Artist Talk & Performance

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NEXT2016 / PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Thursday, February 16, 6-8 PM | FREE
Contemporary Calgary
117 8 Avenue SW


Please join us on Thursday, February 16 from 6-8 PM for two free programs presented in conjunction with NEXT2016, Contemporary Calgary's ongoing series in support of emerging practices:

6PM: ARTIST TALK / JAYDA KARSTEN

In developing her exhibition, A Collection of Collections: Objects Temporarily Removed from the Everyday, Jayda Karsten considered artists who collect, why they collect, and the objects they choose. Join us for a talk by Karsten in which she will discuss various motives behind collecting, as well as the process of autoethnography found in this work. 

Jayda Karsten is a Calgary-based artist who recently obtained her BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Karsten’s work has been shown in multiple community based group exhibitions such as Demo Tape (2015), Phantom Wing (2013) and WSKEO #100 (2012). Her interdisciplinary practice also includes several curated exhibitions such as; University Elementary School’s Public Art Proposals for Central Public Library (2015), Neon: Audio Visual (2014) and Similar But Different (2013). Her practice has benefited from residencies at University Elementary School (2015) and The Banff Centre (2014).

7PM: PERFORMANCE / LINDSAY SORELL

Join us in Lindsay Sorell’s exhibition, Studies in Healing, in the Top Gallery North at 7pm for a special collaboration between an upright bass player and a dancer. 

Lindsay Sorell is an artist, writer, and editor in Calgary, Alberta. With a special interest in relationships, art ethics, and the implications of digital media, she has participated in numerous residencies, exhibitions, and lecture series across North America. Recently, Lindsay hired an actor to attend an art show and enjoy himself in Minnesota, and hosted a speaking series of advanced Toastmasters titled Inspirational Speeches. She is the editor of Luma Quarterly and founder of the fake gallery, The Toronto Gallery of Calgary.

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NEXT2016 / Curator Tour
Dec
17
1:00 PM13:00

NEXT2016 / Curator Tour

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Contemporary Calgary's Senior Curator, Lisa Baldissera, will be giving a tour of NEXT2016 at Contemporary Calgary on Saturday, December 17 at 1:00 PM. 

Presented as part of NEXT, Contemporary Calgary’s ongoing series in support of emerging practices, NEXT2016 invites artists to investigate the potential of post-studio practices, exploring notions of digital environments, mobility, ideas as artwork, alternative modes of production and dissemination, and how these practices may manifest themselves within an exhibition space.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Pavka.

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NEXT2016
Nov
24
to Feb 19

NEXT2016

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

EXHIBITION / November 24, 2016 - February 19, 2017
RECEPTION / Thursday, November 24, 5:00 PM | FREE | ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE
Featuring a performance with members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at 6:00 PM

Contemporary Calgary / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

How are studio practices evolving for artists in the 21st century?
 
Presented as part of NEXT, Contemporary Calgary’s ongoing series in support of emerging practices, NEXT2016 invites artists to investigate the potential of post-studio practices, exploring notions of digital environments, mobility, ideas as artwork, alternative modes of production and dissemination, and how these practices may manifest themselves within an exhibition space.
 
Is an artist’s collection of non-art objects also part of their art practice? Artist, curator and collector Jayda Karsten is interested in analyzing the intersections found within her multifaceted practice, considering why artists collect, the objects they choose and how those objects contribute to or inform the artwork they make.  First, by analyzing her own collections (autoethnography) and then looking at other artists’ collections (ethnography), her resulting exhibition will be a summary of her qualitative research findings.
 
Lindsay Sorell will exhibit new paintings in collaboration with a few classical musicians. Based on her ideas that 1) the term “contemporary” doesn’t exist, 2) the “studio” is something made-up, and 3) hobby artists, professional artists, and artists that don’t know they’re artists, are all equally legitimate, Sorell proposes the “studio” as just a word to describe socioeconomic niche – the variables that have determined whether your studio needs to fit on a bike, and whether or not your work needs to be inflatable to fill an exhibition space.

Please join us on Thursday, November 24 at 5:00 PM for the Opening Reception of NEXT2016.

View the Virtual Tour!

Image credit: Placenta, courtesy of anonymous artist collection. Photo Credit: Jayda Karsten.
Virtual tour credit: The Fine Line.

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VSVSVS / at the same time
Nov
24
to Feb 19

VSVSVS / at the same time

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

EXHIBITION / November 24, 2016 - February 19, 2017
RECEPTION / Thursday, November 24, 5:00 PM | FREE | ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE

Contemporary Calgary / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

VSVSVS is not concerned with solid architecture. Buildings can bend, walls are permeable and floors are sticky. Fluctuations are meant to be ridden and not resisted. When VSVSVS inhabits space, they cannot help but create accretions and leave greasy fingerprint trails. Although not present for the duration of the show, VSVSVS will be felt poking and encouraging interaction with the installations.
 
These parallel thoughts inform the body of site-responsive work that has been created for Contemporary Calgary, made up of propositions for three floors: walls that expand, floors that refuse immobility and a giant vibrator.
 
Please do touch, and it's more fun with friends.
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS / VSVSVS (pronounced VERSUS VERSUS VERSUS) is a six-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a warehouse in the Portlands of Toronto, Ontario. Members include Wallis Cheung, Ryan Clayton, Anthony Cooper, James Gardner, Stephen McLeod, and Miles Stemp.
 
Formed in 2010, their activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space, and individual studio practices. Their collective work focuses on the collaborative production of multiples, drawings, video work, sculpture, installations, and performance. An open framework allows each member to play to their own interests and ends, while contributing to a common goal. Working with six heads is an experiment in being together too much and making things constantly.

VSVSVS would like to acknowledge the contributions of former member Laura Simon, the continued support of the DMS Lab, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

 
Please join us on Thursday, November 24 at 5:00 PM for the Opening Reception of VSVSVS / at the same time.

Image credit: VSVSVS, to space in, installation view, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, 2016.

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VSVSVS / Artist Talk
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

VSVSVS / Artist Talk

Event // OFFSITE

VSVSVS / at the same time
Curated by Nate McLeod

ARTIST TALK / Friday, November 18, 6 PM | FREE
Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) / Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, 

1407 14 Avenue NW, Calgary, Canada

Contemporary Calgary and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery are proud to present an artist talk by the Toronto-based collective VSVSVS, presented in conjunction with their exhibition at the same time, curated by Nate McLeod, on view at Contemporary Calgary from November 24, 2016 to February 12, 2017.
 
VSVSVS (pronounced VERSUS VERSUS VERSUS) is a six-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a warehouse in the Portlands of Toronto, Ontario. Members include Wallis Cheung, Ryan Clayton, Anthony Cooper, James Gardner, Stephen McLeod, and Miles Stemp.
 
Formed in 2010, their activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space, and individual studio practices. Their collective work focuses on the collaborative production of multiples, drawings, video work, sculpture, installations, and performance. An open framework allows each member to play to their own interests and ends, while contributing to a common goal. Working with six heads is an experiment in being together too much and making things constantly.

Image courtesy of VSVSVS.

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THE FACTORY PARTY @ LOOK2016
Oct
22
10:00 PM22:00

THE FACTORY PARTY @ LOOK2016

Fundraiser // Centennial Planetarium / 701 - 11 St SW

The Factory Party was introduced to Calgary in 2008 as a revival of Andy Warhol’s infamous NYC parties at his Manhattan studio named “The Factory”. Known for curating some of Calgary’s most exceptional visual artists and live music acts in one space for a spectacular experience, The Factory Party is returning from a 6 year hiatus as the official After Party for LOOK2016.

This year Contemporary Calgary and The Factory Party are working together to bring you over-the-top art installations and musical performances that would make Warhol proud.

LOOK2016 AFTER PARTY: THE FACTORY PARTY

ADVANCE TICKETS $25*

  • Doors at 10:00 PM
  • Complimentary coat check
  • Cash bar
  • Access to silent auction until 11:00 PM
  • Guest DJs and Live Bands
  • Interact with LOOK2016 art installations curated by Contemporary Calgary and The Factory Party

*Tickets will also be available at the door. $30, cash only. Limited quantity available, restrictions apply. ID required upon check in. 

ABOUT LOOK2016 & CONTEMPORARY CALGARY

LOOK2016 is a gala fundraising event featuring Steve Martin, Adam Gopnik, Lainey Lui, one of the country's biggest live art auctions, interactive art installations and more. LOOK2016 will take placeOctober 22 in the soon-to-be-transformed Centennial Planetarium, immediately prior to The Factory Party. All LOOK2016 attendees will receive complimentary admission to The Factory Party, combining two incredible fundraising efforts into a single night of monumental celebration. All funds raised will support the establishment of Calgary's first significant public destination for modern and contemporary art; programming and the ongoing transformation of the Centennial Planetarium. 

PURCHASE TICKETS TO LOOK2016

BANDS & DJs

Bringing a mini-music festical to the Factory Party - learn more below.

THE FAMINES

Factory Party alumni - The Famines - are an art cult noise garage duo based out of Montreal. Raymond Biesinger sings, pays guitar, and executes the visuals while Drew Demers hits the drums. They have been spreading DIY minimalist maximalism across Canada since 2008 and have put out five 7” records, a 12” LP, a few books, a pamphlet, an 8-track, a live cassette coupled with 268-pages of liner notes, and a few other format experiments. Their performance is hard-hitting both musically and visually for an all-around Factory Party approved show.

BAD ANIMAL

Calgary-born indie rock band Bad Animal is new on the scene with their first album “Tonight” having debuted in June 2016.
 
It’s not a rare sight to see Painter (vocals) dripping in sweat or the boys, Skiba (guitar), Gritchen (guitar), Stoddart(drums) and Trevena (bass) drenched in beer and knee deep in broken drumsticks. With their energy, it’s surprising that anyone manages to keep any liquor in their cups. Their close, almost fraternal bond keep things tight and dynamism high, like a bundle of live wires they keep each other lit and alive. If there’s one thing Bad Animal isn’t running low on, it’s flair and pure, rough and tumble drive.

BEACH SEASON

Young Calgarian Singer Sam Avant and Beat Producer Simon Blitz comprise the duo Beach Season to invent a new sound they call “Booty Wave”. Their deep melodic beats and soothing tone bring a fresh take on live electronic music. With an album dropping September 2016, attendees at The Factory Party will be amongst the first to enjoy new tracks.

LAB COAST

Since their formation in 2008, Lab Coast has been a driving force in Calgary’s indie rock/pop scene with three albums, two split 7” singles, and two EPs. They’re best known for short, hooky pop songs, strong vocal melodies, bustling rhythm section arrangements, and twin-guitar interplay. 

Lab Coast’s dreamy lo-fi psychedelic melodies are the basis for their latest album “Remember The Moon” which dropped this summer. 

CRACK CLOUD

Crack Cloud has been described as a snarling, convulsive punk band blanketed in glistening jangle-pop vibes. Their frenzied, neurotic feel with precise chord-bashings and melodic tiptoeing breaks is so hypnotic they could put you into a coma.

DOUBLE FUZZ

The heavy blues rock duo Double Fuzz returns to The Factory Party for what will be an explosive performance by Singer/Guitarist Jon Whitehead and Drummer Harvey Warren.

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LOOK2016
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

LOOK2016

Fundraiser // Centennial Planetarium / 701 - 11 St SW

PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK, HOLT RENFREW, CITY OF CALGARY

Your next LOOK...

LOOK2016 will take place October 22 in the soon-to-be-transformed Centennial Planetarium. We invite you to come together with other cultural revolutionaries for an evening of artistically-infused celebration featuring a rousing, exclusive live art auction, installations by some of Calgary's most inspired artists, and headlining appearances by special guests Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker and legendary performer, writer and art champion Steve Martin.

  • EXPLORE the Centennial Planetarium, as you've never experienced it before: in progress, dressed to the nines, and filled to the brim with pop up art installations.

  • ENJOY a rare conversation with special guests Steve Martin and Adam Gopnik on the art of our times, and other exciting live entertainment.
  • FIND something you love at Canada's biggest contemporary live and silent art auction.
  • TASTE artfully inspired creations from invited chefs.
  • SEE and be seen at the party of the year. 


All funds raised will support the establishment of Calgary's first significant public destination for modern and contemporary art; programming and the ongoing transformation of the Centennial Planetarium. 

LIVE & SILENT AUCTION 

The live and silent auctions at LOOK2016 feature artwork by more than fifty local, national, and international artists. In addition to outstanding works of art, the auctions will feature special experiences. Stay tuned for more information on the auction items and how to start bidding!

The live and silent auction items are now available for bidding! REGISTER AND BID NOW!

 

LOOK2016 TICKETS

 

AFTER-PARTY: THE FACTORY PARTY TICKETS (10:00 PM START) $25*

  • Complimentary coat check.
  • Cash bar.
  • Access to silent auction until 11:00 PM.
  • Guest DJs and live bands.
  • Interact with LOOK2016 art installtions curated by Contemporary Calgary and The Factory Party.

*Tickets will also be available at the door. $30, cash only. Limited quantity available, restrictions apply. ID required upon check in. 

UNDER AGE 35 TICKETS (7:30 PM START) $95* - SOLD OUT

  • Complimentary parking and coat check.
  • Enjoy live music, host bar and passed refreshments until 8:30 PM while browsing LOOK2016’s silent art auction and experiencing dynamic pop-up installations.
  • Standing cocktail to take in LOOK2016’s feature entertainment: a conversation with Steve Martin and Adam Gopnik and exclusive live art auction.
  • Party at the after-party with live musical guests. 

*Very limited quantities. ID required upon check in. 


PREMIUM (7:30 PM START) $250*

  • Complimentary parking and coat check.
  • Enjoy live music, host bar and passed refreshments until 8:30 PM while browsing LOOK2016’s silent art auction and experiencing dynamic pop-up installations.
  • General seating to take in LOOK2016’s feature entertainment: a conversation with Steve Martin and Adam Gopnik and exclusive live art auction.
  • Party at the after-party with live musical guests. 

*The maximum allowable tax receipt according to CRA guidelines will be provided.

VIP TICKETS (7PM START) $500* 

  • Complimentary parking and coat check.
  • Enjoy live music, host bar and passed refreshments until 8:30 PM while browsing LOOK2016’s silent art auction and experiencing dynamic pop-up installations.
  • Theatre seats to take in LOOK2016’s feature entertainment: a conversation with Steve Martin and Adam Gopnik and exclusive live art auction.
  • Party at the after-party with live musical guests. 

*The maximum allowable tax receipt according to CRA guidelines will be provided.

VIP + KEYNOTE DINNER TICKETS (6PM START) $2,000*

  • Complimentary parking and coat check.
  • Enjoy live music, host bar and refreshments in private pre-dinner reception.
  • Seated three-course meal prepared by invited guest chef.
  • Exclusive keynote presentation by renowned cultural writer Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker).
  • Front section seats to take in LOOK2016’s feature entertainment: a conversation with Steve Martin and Adam Gopnik and exclusive live art auction.
  • Party at the after-party with live musical guests. 

*Limited quantities. The maximum allowable tax receipt according to CRA guidelines will be provided.
 

SPECIAL GUESTS 

ADAM GOPNIK

Adam Gopnik, a staff writer, has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1986. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction, humor, book reviews, profiles, and reported pieces from abroad. He was the magazine’s art critic from 1987-1995, and the Paris correspondent from 1995-2000. From 2000 to 2005, he wrote a journal about New York life. His books, ranging from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, include “Paris to the Moon”, “The King in the Window”, “Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York”, “Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life”, “The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food”, and “Winter: Five Windows on the Season”. Gopnik has three National Magazine awards, for essays and for criticism, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He lectures widely, and, in 2011, delivered the CBC’s Massey Lectures.

 

STEVE MARTIN

Steve Martin is one of the most well-known and pervasive talents in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award®, five Grammy® awards, an Emmy®, the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor.

Martin began his career on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Martin shone as a stand-up on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Martin’s films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood (1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999).

As an author, Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty, the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, and his memoir Born Standing Up. His writing often appears in The New Yorker.

Steve Martin is also an accomplished Grammy Award-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. In 2013, Steve Martin released his third full-length album called Love Has Come For You, a unique collaboration with songwriter Edie Brickell. Love Has Come For You, won a Grammy® for “Best American Roots Song” for the title track and inspired their new musical Bright Star, which is currently on Broadway at The Cort Theatre and was nominated for five 2016 Tony Awards including “Best Musical” and “Best Original Score.” Bright Star also won the Drama Desk Award for “Outstanding Music” and the Outer Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding New Broadway Musical”.

Martin and Brickell’s second album together So Familiar was released on Rounder Records in October. The album features 12 remarkable new songs that bring the acclaimed duo’s musical collaboration into fresh creative territory.

Personally, Martin has been an obsessive art collector since his early 20’s. He first exhibited his collection at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001. He has since grown that collection, and co-curated “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris”, which featured 30 pieces from iconic Canadian landscape artist Lawren Harris. The exhibit debuted at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles before travelling to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Ontario, where it is currently exhibiting until September 18, 2016. 
 

LAINEY LUI

Lainey Lui is the woman thousands of Canadian pop culture afcionados wake up to each morning. As our Host for LOOK2016, she is sure to provide some entertaining commentary. Lainey is an etalk Senior Correspondent, currently one of the leadings ladies on CTV's The Social, and scribe of the immensely popular celebrity gossip blog, Lainey Gossip.



BRETT MCDERMOTT

Brett McDermott can usually be found at Our Daily Brett, but on October 22, he will join us as Executive Chef at the LOOK2016 pop up restaurant for VIP + DINNE ticket holders, and to prepare Warhol-inspired bites for our after party: THE FACTORY PARTY, curated by The Modern Leisure. Brett will draw inspiration from the LOOK2016 table concept design developed by his friend Steve Smee, who he has collaborated with on many occasions. Not only is Brett an extraordinary chef, he shares our passion for contemporary art and the communities that create and support it. 

 

BOLD VISION. MAJOR IMPACT. 

Let's make a bold move to establish a significant destination for modern and contemporary art for Calgary.

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Performing the Landscape
Sep
22
to Nov 12

Performing the Landscape

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Presented by Illingworth Kerr Gallery in partnership with Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow, Stride gallery, and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

EXHIBITION / September 22 - November 12, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION / Thursday, September 22, 6:00 PM | FREE

@ C / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

Landscape as a genre is one of the most evocative tropes in Canadian visual culture and a powerful detonator in the country’s collective consciousness. Generations of artists have attempted to capture and depict the sensation of being overpowered by the majesty or beauty of the natural environment. Performing the Landscape proposes to look at new ideas of landscape through the lens of contemporary art, in particular, the moving image. Each work selected for the show introduces elements of performativity into the ‘natural environment’ and links landscape and performance via different categories: theatre; actions; happenings; cinema; music; circus; etc. In all these works the landscape is a temporarily occupied space, at least for the duration of the action at the centre of each piece, and yet it resists the pressure of simply shifting to the background.

Curated by Lorenzo Fusi, Performing the Landscape takes place across the City of Calgary in the following venues, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (ACAD), Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow Museum, Stride Gallery and Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary. 

Please join us on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 PM for the Opening Reception of Performing the Landscape

Image: Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars PART IV, 2003, Single channel video, originally shot on 35mm film 4’15’’. Courtesy of the artist and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London / Bugada & Cargnel, Paris / Sprüth Magers

 

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