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Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr


June 27 to September 14, 2014

The work of Emily Carr (1871-1945) is nationally respected for its pioneering of modernity in Western Canada. In her early career, Carr travelled to the United Kingdom to study art, determined to expand her creative vision. Instead, her time there (1899 to 1904), proved to be among the more challenging ordeals of her life, culminating in an 18-month hospitalization with the diagnosis of “hysteria.” Surprisingly, it became a formative point in her career, one where she resolutely declared her sense of her own Canadian as well as artistic identity.

This project, curated by Lisa Baldissera, Chief Curator, Mendel Art Gallery, is the first significant presentation of Emily Carr’s work in Saskatchewan in almost 20 years. It considers Carr’s London years to explore notions of the artistic imaginary and artistic identity. It touches on a variety of critical frameworks: the theme of exile, readings of affect and interspecies theory; an examination of hysteria and the clinic which moves beyond the psychoanalytic frameworks of the 1990s, and the concept of “unproductivity” in creative work.

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Hughes

A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters


June 27 to September 14, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Sunday, June 29 at 1 p.m. with curator Alicia Boutilier

The significance of the first exhibition … is that it sums up the growth and development of the liberal spirit and demonstrates what a vital force it is. — Robert Ayre, The Canadian Forum, 1933

The Canadian Group of Painters (CGP) was the first to aspire to cross-country representation of modernist artists. It lasted from 1933 to 1967, but its strength of influence lay in the first two decades of its existence. When it burst upon the scene in its founding year, the Group pronounced itself “a direct outgrowth of the Group of Seven … drawn from the whole of Canada.” Twenty years later, it proclaimed a “tremendous development” had taken place: “This does not necessarily mean that localized imagery has been abandoned by artists, but it does mean that the imagery employed has become more cosmopolitan.”

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Adad Hannah

Sympathetic Magic


June 27 to September 14, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Saturday, September 13 at 1 p.m. with curator Troy Gronsdahl

Canada has cultivated and maintained a strong symbolic connection with the northern landscape. The artistic production of Canada’s renowned early painters, the Group of Seven and their ilk, has both defined artistic practice at home and Canada abroad. As art historian John O’Brian observes in Wild Art History, “The land and its representations are knotted together, not unlike two other words with an affinity to landscape in contemporary thought — nation and nationalism.” The country as depicted by the progenitors of the Canadian landscape tradition is a pristine, untamed, and unpeopled place. A history of colonization and the development of the modern Canadian state are registered on countless paintings and postcards. Popular depictions of the landscape are telling: Canada is rich in natural beauty, abundant in resources, and open for business.

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Sean Weisgerber

Marie Lannoo and Sean Weisgerber: Ricochet


June 27 to September 14, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m.

Sean Weisgerber and Marie Lannoo have shared studio space for close to three years and they have developed their project in response to working in such close proximity. Although working independently, through ongoing critical dialogue and feedback they have created new pieces that are in conversation with one another. Ricochet includes a selection of recent paintings and sculptural works by Weisgerber and Lannoo that reflects their rigorous process-driven practices.

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David Thauberger

David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions


April 11 to June 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. with curators Sandra Fraser and Timothy Long, and artist
David Thauberger.
Documentary Screening: Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. At the Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, SK
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Regina-based David Thauberger is a nationally recognized artist best known for his iconic paintings of vernacular architecture. Co-curated by Sandra Fraser, Associate Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, and Timothy Long, Head Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the exhibition will provide the first comprehensive overview of this remarkable Canadian artist. Road Trips & Other Diversions brings together some 70 paintings, prints and ceramic works, produced from 1971 to 2009 and drawn from more than 30 public and private collections across the country.

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school-art

School Art


April 11 to June 8, 2014
Public Reception: Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m.
Event for Teachers: Thursday, May 1, 4:15 to 5:45 p.m.
Student Artist Talks: Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. with participating artists.

The Mendel Art Gallery is pleased to present School Art, the highly popular exhibition offered annually for 42 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 schools. The gallery is proud to work closely with Saskatoon’s educators and to continue its commitment to art at the primary and secondary levels.

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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