Rewilding Modernity

September 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Talk/Tour: Sunday, October 20 at 1 p.m. with curator Lisa Baldissera

Contemporary art and the unique history of modernity in Saskatchewan and internationally are examined in this innovative exhibition. Featured are some of the most prominent artists working today in Canada and abroad, plus a selection of works from the 1950s to 1970s by Saskatchewan and international artists. A cornerstone of modern art emerged in our own backyard, at Emma Lake. The Emma Lake Workshops of the 1950s and 1960s formed a major part of Canada’s artistic legacy. They were led by eminent visiting artists and critics from around the world, including New York critic Clement Greenberg, American artists Donald Judd, Kenneth Noland and Frank Stella, American composer and artist John Cage, and English sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. A number of these participants had become aware of the province through its high-profile presence as the only region in North America to have elected a government on a socialist platform — a feat that was reported in the 1940s and early 50s in The New York Times, Time magazine and Newsweek.

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They Made A Day

They Made A Day Be A Day Here

September 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014

They made a day be a day here.
They made a day be a day here.
They made a day be a day here by
a year by a year yearly they made a
day be a day here by the year.
Gertrude Stein, How to Write, 1931

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"Digital, LED Wheat, supported on a growing mechanical field ".  Photo by Cory Schewaga

Artists by Artists: Bruce Montcombroux and Cory Schewaga: Galicia

September 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Artists by Artists Mentorship Program
Bruce Montcombroux and Cory Schewaga: Galicia

Galicia is a synthetic wheat field where viewers interact with the work through a combination of actual and virtual activity. The objects are made of paper, glue, and electronics. Reflecting the growth cycles of a physical wheat field, the installation progresses through different states occurring through continued interaction by the viewer for the duration of the exhibition.

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An Art at the Mercy of Light: Recent Works by Eli Bornstein

June 14 to September 15, 2013

Curated by Winnipeg art historian Oliver Botar, An Art at the Mercy of Light is an exploration of structure, colour, space, and light through the work of Eli Bornstein. One of the province’s most influential artists for more than five decades, Bornstein is recognized internationally for his pioneering work with abstract reliefs.

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Paul Emile Borduas, Composition (detail), 1942, gouache on paper

The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960

June 14 to September 15, 2013

Film Screening: Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m. View four films about the Automatistes and abstract art in Canada. For details, see the events calendar.

Performances: Thursday, August 8 at 7 p.m. Dance and spoken word poetry by Free Flow Dance Company and the Saskatoon Slam Team. Reception.

The Automatiste Revolution is a comprehensive exhibition of the Automatiste group of artists, which included Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Émile Borduas. Curated by art historian Roald Nasgaard, the exhibition presents 60 works of art, photographs, books, and other archival material, borrowed from public and private collections across Canada.

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Shaping Saskatchewan: the art scene 1936-1964

June 14 to September 15, 2013

Talk/Tour: Sunday, September 15 at 2 p.m. with curator Sandra Fraser

The emergence of a distinct art scene in Saskatchewan between 1936 and 1964 can be defined by several key moments and a number of determined artists and advocates. During this time period, many artists, art professors and collectors had emigrated from Europe and the United States, or had studied abroad. As a result, there was lively cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches to artmaking. These decades are notable for the camaraderie and support that existed amongst artists, as well as the formalization of that support through various associations and government agencies, the development of art education through the University of Saskatchewan and artists’ workshops, and the professional presentation of art and enhanced collecting activities through dedicated gallery spaces and travelling exhibition programs.

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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