Friday, February 27
Pop-up shop & reception, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Storefront, 224 20th Street West
Publisher Roger Bywater is the focus of the latest event in the Museums 3.0 program series. Through his imprints, Bywater Bros. and Smoke Room, Bywater publishes artists’ books and editions by prominent national and international artists. He will be introducing his latest releases at The Storefront at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow. This free event is open to the public.
Roger Bywater holds an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, as well as a diploma in sculpture from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver. Bywater has extensive experience as a curator, dealer, and publisher. During his eight years as director/curator at Art Metropole, Bywater edited numerous publications, while operating its Little Cockroach Press Series, and organizing exhibitions by Hans-Peter Feldmann, Martin Creed, Rodney Graham, and other artists. In 2001, Bywater established the Goodwater Gallery in Toronto with John Goodwin. During a four-year span, this private gallery functioned as a project room to present solo exhibitions by emerging and established artists, who created work specifically for the gallery. Bywater continues to work independently with artists on a project-to-project basis through his imprint, Bywater Bros. Editions, which publishes artists’ books and editions from various artists working in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
In advance of the Mendel Art Gallery closure on June 7, 2015, the owner-operator of Museo, the café at the Mendel, has decided to cease operations February 28. Museo has been very popular with gallery visitors and staff for the past eight years, and will be missed. Devotees will be happy to visit Museo’s other location, at 730 Broadway Avenue. Meanwhile, coffee and food service will be offered by a local catering company, Made With Love, from March 7 to June 7. Further details, including the hours of operation, will be announced soon. The gallery apologizes in advance for any inconvenience to visitors during the week that café service will be unavailable.
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1 p.m.
The gallery presents an informal conversation with editor Meeka Walsh and writer Robert Enright. Through their distinguished and ongoing work with Border Crossings magazine, the duo reflect on the role the publication has played in situating regional and national art within an international context.
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.
Meeka Walsh is an award-winning critic, writer, and curator who has been the editor of Border Crossings magazine since 1993. She has given papers and contributed catalogue essays in New York, Canada, England, and Mexico. Her short fiction has been published in a number of anthologies, including The Oxford Anthology of Canadian Women Writers. Walsh received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Western Magazine Awards in 2003 and in 2007 was given the RCA Gold Medal for her contribution to the arts.
Robert Enright holds the University Research Chair in Art Theory and Criticism at the University of Guelph and is the senior contributing editor for Border Crossings magazine. He has published more than 200 interviews with leading Canadian, American, and European artists. For his writing in Border Crossings, he has received 15 nominations at the National and Western Magazine Awards, winning four gold and two silver awards. Enright has also contributed interviews, essays and introductions to over 60 books and catalogues. In 2005 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2012 received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
About the Project
The Border Crossings Study Centre 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.
The Mendel Art Gallery will close to the public on June 8, 2015, following the Spring exhibitions. This closure includes the Gallery’s gift shop and café. Additional information, including access and hours to the conservatory and building, will be shared once they are finalized.
Following the closure of the Mendel Art Gallery, community programming and special events will continue under the Remai Modern brand, many of which will take place off-site. Further details about Remai Modern, including interim programming before its projected opening in 2016, will be shared once they are confirmed.
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