Mendel Art Gallery closes June 7, 2015

When the Mendel Art Gallery closes June 7, 2015, we say farewell to an institution that has meant a great deal to the community and to visitors.  The 50-year legacy of the Mendel will live on at Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, now under construction at Saskatoon’s River Landing and slated for occupancy in 2016. Please visit for updates.


Rewilding Modernity

This e-publication documents the exhibition Rewilding Modernity, presented in the fall of 2013 at the Mendel Art Gallery. Essays by curator Lisa Baldissera and New York art critic, poet and editor Barry Schwabsky examine contemporary art and the unique history of modernity in Saskatchewan and internationally. Among the artists represented in the exhibition are: Polly Apfelbaum, Bob Boyer, Robert Christie, Wally Dion, Mina Forsyth, Roy Kiyooka, Kenneth Lochhead, Jules Olitski, William Perehudoff, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Robert Youds.

Download the e-publication: low res (2 MB) / high res (14 MB).
19 pp., e-publication
Mendel Art Gallery, 2014


Fifth World

April 3 to June 7, 2015

Curator’s Talk/Tour with Wanda Nanibush: Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m.
Reception for Spring Exhibitions: Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m. Joseph and Violet Naytowhow will perform a welcoming song.

Curated by Wanda Nanibush to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Tribe Inc.

The Fifth World marks out a new consciousness within humanity, where we begin to relearn our responsibilities after being humbled by disasters of our own creation. “The world that the capitalists envision is the one-world economy, that is their fifth world. But the fifth world is a new consciousness in the hearts of all human beings, the idea that the earth is shared and finite, and that we are naturally connected to the earth and with one another.” Thus writes Laguna Pueblo writer Leslie Marmon Silko about her concept of the Fifth World. Introduced in her novel, Almanac of the Dead, this concept inspired the exhibition’s title. The Fifth World also refers to the Hopi prophecy of an impending choice between destruction and conflict, or thinking with our hearts in harmony with nature. Since contact, we have been making the choice.

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School Art 2015

April 3 to June 7, 2015

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
Student Artists Talks: Sunday, May 10 at 2 p.m.

The Mendel Art Gallery is pleased to present the ever-popular School Art exhibition, which has been offered annually for 43 years. Celebrating the excellence of artmaking and creativity among Saskatoon’s young people, the exhibition delights audiences and demonstrates that art is for people of all ages and walks of life. School Art showcases paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art by more than 200 students in the city’s elementary and secondary schools. The gallery is proud to work with Saskatoon’s educators and to continue its commitment to art at the primary and secondary levels.

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Terry Billings and Dee Gibson: Time and Water

April 3 to June 7, 2015

Reception: Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m.

Water’s psychological resonance and capacity to create poetic meaning is as vast and fluid as the medium itself. The video-based installation, Time and Water, presents ice in a state of transition that enables the viewer to experience an expanded sense of time and scale.

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Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan

January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.
Talk/Tour:  Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m. with Shauna McCabe, Executive Director, Textile Museum of Canada

The terror of bombs falling from the sky and landmines exploding from the earth is revealed in Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan. Through three decades of international and civil war, Afghans have borne witness to disaster by weaving unprecedented images of battle and weaponry into their rugs. This touring exhibition tells the story of the Afghan world turned upside down.

The exhibition presents dozens of fascinating, woven documents of social and cultural events in Afghanistan from the last quarter of the 20th century, highlighting the critical role that creative practice plays in a global context.

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Exhibition Tour

Free exhibition tour every Sunday at 1 p.m.
Meet in the lobby. No registration required.

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Location & Hours

950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Regular Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free admission