Seven major exhibitions and several new programs featured in 2011-2012 season.
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) has announced its exhibitions for its new season beginning April 1, 2011. The highlight will be “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” opening on March 2, 2012.
2011-2012 exhibition program
- Annuraat: Inuit Clothing in Art (April 16-October 9, 2011)
- William Brymner: Artist, Teacher, Colleague (May 14-August 21, 2011) – Sixty works by Brymner, his peers, and his pupils. Raised in rural Canada, the artist studied and exhibited in Paris before moving to Montreal, where he became a highly influential teacher. He was one of the first Canadians to engage seriously with Impressionism.
- Quilt of Belonging (May 20-August 21, 2011) – Through its 263 panels forming a completed tapestry, this six-year collaborative project celebrates Canada’s diversity. To date the quilt has been seen by 1.3 million viewers in the 25 communities that have hosted it across the country.
- Carl Beam (July 2-September 11, 2011) – Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibition features 49 of the artist’s pieces (paintings, ceramics and personal constructions). Considered one of Canada’s leading contemporary Aboriginal artists, Beam’s iconography draws inspiration from a wide range of sources ranging from popular culture to scientific and historical imagery.
- Precise: Craft and Process (September 10, 2011-January 14, 2012) – The exhibition features the works of Kye-Yeon Son (silver compositions), Cal Lane (metal shovels), Jane Kidd (tapestries) and Greg Payce (ceramics). The four artists integrate wool, thread, clay, paint, metal into their production techniques.
- William Kurelek: The Messenger (September 30-December 31, 2011) – This first major touring retrospective in 30 years will feature 80 paintings and drawings drawn from major collections in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The Alberta-born, Manitoba-raised artist was a painter who documented the experiences of various cultural groups in Canada.
- American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell (March 2-May 20, 2012) – The exhibition will consist of 44 major paintings and a complete set of 323 tear sheets from Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers. By drawing scenes involving ordinary people, Rockwell provided a personalized interpretation of North American identity.
During the 2011-2012 season, the WAG will also introduce several new programs:
- Rooftop Club – Health and well-being through lifestyle seminars, zumba classes, trivia nights, wine tastings, comedy nights, drawing classes…
- Summer camps for children.
Finally, the WAG continue with The Collection on View, six galleries of rotating exhibitions of works from their 24,000-piece permanent collection.
About the Winnipeg Art Gallery
The Winnipeg Art Gallery was established in 1912 and is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. Its collection boasts over 24,000 objects that span many centuries and cultures − including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art.
For more information on the WAG, visit the official Website.
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