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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.

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19 pp., e-publication
Mendel Art Gallery, 2014


Fifth World


April 3 to June 7, 2015

The Fifth World concept, inspired by Indigenous writer Leslie Marmon Silko, considers the choice between destruction and conflict or a new human consciousness in harmony with nature. Tribe Inc., a Saskatoon centre for evolving Aboriginal media, visual and performing arts, has organized this exhibition to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Curator Wanda Nanibush has selected works by established and emerging artists.


School Art 2015


April 3 to June 7, 2015

The Mendel Art Gallery is pleased to present School Art, the highly popular exhibition offered annually for 43 years. Celebrating the excellence of artmaking and creativity among young people, the exhibition demonstrates art is for those of all ages and all walks of life. School Art showcases paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art by more than 200 students in Saskatoon schools. The works
are selected by a jury composed of representatives from the city’s school boards and the Mendel Art Gallery.


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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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Ursula Biemann: Deep Weather

Ursula Biemann: Deep Weather


January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.

The 2013 video, Deep Weather is a nine-minute glimpse of the Alberta tar sands, juxtaposed with the watery world of Bangladesh. The whispered, confiding voice-over makes viewers feel immediately complicit in the actions unfolding here. Deep Weather explores the devastating consequences of oil extraction. Aerial images of the scarred landscape of the Canadian tar sands give a sense of the vast scale of the damage: ashen contours, littered with the occasional digger, stretch over an area the size of England.

While human actions are paramount in what happens to the Earth, we have little awareness of, or control over, fluid and invisible global interactions. The enormous open-pit mines and steam processing of the oil-infused sand and clay of northern Alberta have drastically lowered Athabasca River flow to the Arctic Ocean; poisoned tailing ponds are replacing the boreal forests, altering ecology for an unknown future. Land is reduced to a commodity by multinational corporations with little or no concern for the planet’s future well-being.

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Border Crossings Study Centre

Border Crossings Study Centre


January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.

Border Crossings magazine is one of the key platforms for the investigation of contemporary Canadian and international art and culture. Founded in 1977 by Robert Enright, this quarterly magazine is published in Winnipeg, and is responsible for bringing international attention to art production on the Prairies.

The Border Crossings Study Centre (BCSC) was developed by the magazine as a unique, mobile archive of the magazine’s 32-year publishing history, and includes copies of each of the magazines to date. It is housed in a portable hybrid storage/reading unit designed by architects Neil Minuk (DIN), and Karen Shanski and Eduardo Aquino (spmb). The archive is made up of the magazines themselves and, where issues were no longer available, handmade facsimiles were produced by Canadian photographer Elaine Stocki. It provides a welcoming social space for readers to look at individual issues, refer to the extensive Index, and talk about the material in the 127 issues of the magazine.

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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