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March Public Programs

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Illuminated Art
Saturday March 3, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | FREE
cSPACE King Edward
RGO Treehouse

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.


Weaving and Wine
In Partnership with Indo Designer Rugs
Thursday March 15, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM | FREE
Indo Designer Rugs

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.

Diane Bos
Wednesday March 21, 2018
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM | FREE
Calgary Public Library, Central Library
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

Registration recommended.

Sondra Meszaros presents Belle de Jour (1967)
Sunday March 25, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | FREE
Model Citizen

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.

Earlier Event: January 1
January Public Programs
Later Event: May 23
The Make Believer Project