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

Brutal Visions: Open House. Open Conversation.

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

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

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May 30, 2019

Centennial Planetarium, 701 11 Street SW

5.30 - 9.00pm - Open House + Reception

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

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

Winter Symposium - Depth of Field: Practices in Contemporary Photography

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Wednesday, February 6

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

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

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


2pm-3:35pm

Continuity and Change within Photography

moderated by Mitch Kern

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

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

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

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


3:50pm – 5:10pm 

Capturing Subjects, Exposing Community

moderated by Ashley Scarlett

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

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

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

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


5:30pm – 6:50pm 

Not Boring – Landscapes, Places and Identities

moderated by Benedict Fullalove

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

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

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

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

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

Public programming is presented in partnership with Exposure Photography Festival

Photos courtesy of Jeremy Pavka, audio courtesy of AUArts.

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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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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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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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Roula Partheniou / Artist Talk
Feb
5
2:00 PM14:00

Roula Partheniou / Artist Talk

Lecture // OFFSITE

Roula Partheniou / Inventory
Curated byh Ivan Jurakic
Organized by Nate McLeod

ARTIST TALK / Friday, February 5, 2 PM | FREE
@ Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) / Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, 1407 14 Avenue NW, Calgary, Canada

 

Please join us at the Alberta College of Art + Design, Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre for an artist talk by exhibiting artist Roula Partheniou as she discusses her artistic practice and upcoming solo exhibition at Contemp orary Calgary titled Inventory. Examining her process of creating sculptural replicas based on domestic items, construction materials and office supplies, Partheniou will challenge us to consider how familiarity can also be deceptive.

Artist talk is free to attend and open to the general public. Seating is first come, first serve. 

Image credit: Roula Partheniou, Packed Boxes with Clutter, 2015. Courtesy of MKG127. Photo credit Jesse Boles.

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NEXT2015 / Quartet in Transit (Q.i.T.)
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

NEXT2015 / Quartet in Transit (Q.i.T.)

Lecture // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

NEXT2015 / Quartet in Transit (Q.i.T)
Thursday, December 10, 7:00 PM | FREE
@ C2 / Suite 104 – 800 Macleod Trail SE

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th as Quartet in Transit's NEXT2015 residency comes to an end. Doors open at 7:00 PM. 

STATEMENT / We wish to understand whether one needs be “there” in order to experience art. What if what you remember is not what is actually? If we preserve it, does it retain the same memories for the viewer? Things change but we want to keep things as they are right now because it somehow feels necessary now, but to what end?

Even if you’re not here with us physically, you can witness our progress online atRECOVER-ONLY-MEMORIES.NET.  

ARTIST BIO / Quartet in Transit (Q.i.T.) is an exercise in collaborative differing methodologies. Q.i.T. has been in transit since 2013, evolving alongside the artistic practices of Jack Michielsen and Teresa Tam. While Q.i.T. was born on the Internet, its physical counterparts are based in Calgary, AB. Jack Michielsen engages in technology as an equal, exploring opportunities to enrich our understanding of each other. Teresa is enveloped in the existential entropy of our relationship with technology, attempting to develop a different understanding of our current claustrophobic conditions. As Quartet in Transit we examine the effects of digital interfaces with human bodies, and explore the excess of deception of these experiences with digital technology.

NEXT2015 / Sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project, NEXT2015 is the inaugural iteration of a new annual residency series at Contemporary Calgary. Four artists have been invited to work independently in the upper level of the gallery of a one-month period to produce temporary, site-specific works as part of a continuously evolving group exhibition on the main level, responding to and building upon the work and ideas of previous artists using the space. 

In conjunction with NEXT2015. Exhibition continues until January 17, 2016.

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NEXT2015 / Tia Halliday
Nov
12
6:30 PM18:30

NEXT2015 / Tia Halliday

Lecture // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

NEXT2015 / Tia Halliday
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM | FREE
@ C2 / Suite 104 – 800 Macleod Trail SE

Please join us on Thursday, November 12th as Tia Halliday's NEXT2015 residency comes to an end - featuring a series of performative, living sculptures produced and choreographed by Halliday over the duration of her residency, and an informal talk by the artist in the gallery space. Doors open at 6:30 PM, followed by a talk at 7:00 PM, and a second performance thereafter. 

ARTIST BIO / Tia Halliday is a multi-disciplinary artist from Calgary, Aberta. As painter, performer, and choreographer her work investigates the sybiotic relationship of dance and performance to drawing, painting, and photography. Halliday holds a B.F.A. with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from Concordia University. Halliday also attended both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has professionally exhibited her work and participated in various projects across Canada and Europe. Her work has been noted in such publications as the Washington Post and Canadian Art Online. Tia is currently represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary and teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

NEXT2015 / Sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project, NEXT2015 is the inaugural iteration of a new annual residency series at Contemporary Calgary. Four artists have been invited to work independently in the upper level of the gallery of a one-month period to produce temporary, site-specific works as part of a continuously evolving group exhibition on the main level, responding to and building upon the work and ideas of previous artists using the space. 

UPCOMING RESIDENCIES
Quartet in Transit / November 14 to December 10, 2015

In conjunction with NEXT2015. Exhibition continues until January 17, 2015.

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NEXT2015 / Dana Buzzee
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

NEXT2015 / Dana Buzzee

Lecture // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

NEXT2015 / Dana Buzzee
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 PM | FREE
@ C2 / Suite 104 – 800 Macleod Trail SE

Please join us on Thursday, October 15th as artist Dana Buzzee presents an artist lecture, touching on her influences, recent work, and her experience in hte NEXT2015 residency project. Doors open at 7:00 PM and presentation will begin at 7:30 PM. 

ARTIST BIO / Dana Buzzee holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2012). She completed her study at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the New York Studio Residency Program, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since concluding her undergraduate degree, Buzzee has enjoyed a nomadic studio practice with exhibition and residencies in Canada, Finland, Iceland and the United States.

NEXT2015 / Sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project, NEXT2015 is the inaugural iteration of a new annual residency series at Contemporary Calgary. Four artists have been invited to work independently in the upper level of the gallery of a one-month period to produce temporary, site-specific works as part of a continuously evolving group exhibition on the main level, responding to and building upon the work and ideas of previous artists using the space. 

UPCOMING RESIDENCIES

Tia Halliday / October 17 to November 12, 2015
Quartet in Transit / November 14 to December 10, 2015

In conjunction with NEXT2015. Exhibition continues until January 17, 2015.

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IN DISCUSSION / Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins with Ciara McKeown
Sep
18
10:00 AM10:00

IN DISCUSSION / Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins with Ciara McKeown

Lecture // OFFSITE

IN DISCUSSION / Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins with Ciara McKeown

Friday, September 18, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM | FREE

@ University of Calgary, Arts Building, Room AB 672

Presented in partnership with the University of Calgary’s Department of Art: Visiting Artist and Scholar Series, Contemporary Calgary is pleased to announce a free discussion between Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins with Ciara McKeown, on September 18th at the University of Calgary. 

Why Can’t Minimal, an exhibition of humorous minimalism curated by John G. Hampton is currently on display at Contemporary Calgary, and features work by Marman & Borins. The exhibition continues until October 18th at 117 8th Avenue SW. For further information please visit http://www.contemporarycalgary.com/whats-on/why-cant-minimal


JENNIFER MARMAN & DANIEL BORINS have been making large-format sculpture, mixed media, installation, and electronic art since 2000. Marman is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. Borins is a graduate of McGill University. Both artists also graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2001 – where they first began collaborating together.

Marman and Borins’ work exists in both the museum and public settings. In the fall of 2008 they participated in a group sculpture show at the National Gallery of Canada entitled *Caught in the Act*. In 2009, Marman and Borins completed a commission for a large-scale interactive work for the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Business. Amongst their recent public art projects is a newly installed commission for the Pan Am Village in Toronto for 2015. With regard to their exhibition record, in the fall of 2013, Marman and Borins had their first New York solo show at Cristin Tierney Gallery. From 2013 on, their solo exhibition “The Collaborationists” has been on tour; most recently in Canada at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona.

CIARA MCKEOWN has worked in multiple arts organizations for over ten years in cities across Canada and the United States, as a commissioner, director, and project manager. Currently, McKeown works as Studio Project Manager with artists Sans façon, and was recently selected as an Advisor with the Creative City Network of Canada, working to establish a national public art network. Previously, she spent time as the Interim Public Art Program Manager with Waterfront Toronto, as a Curator with Hamilton’s multi-disciplinary arts festival Supercrawl, and ran an annual public art round-table forum for critical discussions and knowledge sharing with colleagues across the country. Educated at McGill University and New York University, McKeown also spent time working in museum exhibition development and non-profit management in New York. She has written for Stephen Magazine, Public Art Review, Americans for the Arts blog and was the Public Art writer with the Hamilton Arts Council’s LivingArts Program.

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NEXT2015 / Jake Klein-Waller
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

NEXT2015 / Jake Klein-Waller

Lecture // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

NEXT2015 / Jake Klein-Waller
Thursday, September 17, 7:30PM | FREE
@ C2 / Suite 104 – 800 Macleod Trail SE

Please join us on Thursday, September 17th as artist Jake Klein-Waller presents a selection of readings, and discusses his practice on the final day of his NEXT2015 residency at Contemporary Calgary. Doors open at 7:30 PM and presentation will begin at 8:00 PM. 

ARTIST BIO / Jake Klein-Waller is an emerging artist who recently graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2014. Engaging in a multi-disciplinary practice, Jake creates work dealing with the landscape, phenomenon, and invisibility. Jake lives and works in Calgary, where he has participated in several exhibitions such as Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival 7 and Could It Be, We've Surpassed Material Expectations at Stride Gallery. 

NEXT2015 / Sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project, NEXT2015 is the inaugural iteration of a new annual residency series at Contemporary Calgary. Four artists have been invited to work independently in the upper level of the gallery of a one-month period to produce temporary, site-specific works as part of a continuously evolving group exhibition on the main level, responding to and building upon the work and ideas of previous artists using the space. 

UPCOMING RESIDENCIES

Dana Buzzee / September 19 to October 15, 2015
Tia Halliday / October 17 to November 12, 2015
Quartet in Transit / November 14 to December 10, 2015

In conjunction with NEXT2015. Exhibition continues until January 17, 2016.

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