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Art Connects Video Series

January 21 - March 9

From Jan. 21st to Mar. 9th, experience A Prairie Vernacular one theme at a time every week! Each week the AGSM will release a new video in the series that takes a closer look at the exhibition's themes. All videos will be made available on the AGSM website so that community members can enjoy the show from home.

This video will introduce you to the exhibition and share the curators' vision with you. Begin to explore Folk and Funk's roots in Saskatchewan and the connections between prairie artists that form the foundation of A Prairie Vernacular.

Release Dates

Jan 21 | Tour #1 Intro

- This video will introduce you to the exhibition and share the curators' vision with you. Begin to explore Folk and Funk's roots in Saskatchewan and the connections between prairie artists that form the foundation of A Prairie Vernacular.

Jan 26 | Tour #2 The Everyday

- Take a closer look at how contemporary and historical artists have incorporated everyday themes into their work. View artworks by Joe Fafard, Victor Cicansky, David Thauberger, and William McCargar. Discover the connections that were made between Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists at the Grand Western Canadian Screen Shop in Winnipeg

Feb 2 | Tour #3 Humour & Playfulness

- Discover how some prairie artists have allowed themselves to be playful as they worked through their artistic ideas. Explore the humour found in several works, which may be dark at times, with satire, irony, and disconcerting juxtapositions that charm and disarm while disrupting expectations and producing new and possible uncomfortable understanding. See works by Diana Thorneycroft, Jordan Van Sewell, Sidney Kelsie, George Markel, Joe Fafard, Victor Cicansky, and Russel Yuristy.

Feb 9 | Tour #4 Prairie Gothic

- Prairie Gothic artwork can include irony, dark narratives or stories, and tragic loss within images of haunting memories, rural legends, and romantic dreams in pursuit of a better life. Explore work by Ivan Eyre, William Kurelek, Chris Reid, Sherry Farrell Racette, Ruth Cuthand, Heather Benning, George Tosczak, and Frank Cicansky.

Feb 16 | Tour #5 Memory & Memoria

- Personal memories of life on the prairies inspire the artists to share an intimate knowledge of a way of life that, for many, has substantially changed over the course of the last two centuries. Take a closer look at works by Adrian Stimson, Allen Sapp, Henry Beaudry, Percy Two Gun Plain Woman, Hazel Litzgus, William Panko and Irene McCaugherty.

Feb 23 | Tour #6 Politics & Religion

- Discover works which help to show us that we are all connected, and artists who were not working in isolation, cut off from the world around them. Rather, they responded to the current issues of their time and the values in society that impact their lives. Through these works we recognize how politics and religion impact our society and culture, and deeply affect us. See works by Joe Fafard, Henry Beaudry, Diana Thorneycroft, Dymtro Stryjek, Jahan Maka, and Jerry Kaiser.

Mar 2 | Tour #7 Fantasy & The Surreal

- Fantastical and surreal elements abound in Prairie vernacular art. Discover works infused with a visionary quality, and artists who rely on their subconscious, spontaneity, and a huge variety of materials. See work by Ivan Eyre, Don Proch, Molly Lenhardt, Chris Reid, Amelie Atkins, Richard Gorenko, Jahan Maka, John Erlindson, Jeanne Thomarat, and Sam Spencer.

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Each week the AGSM will release a new video in the series which takes a closer look at the themes in the exhibition. All videos will be made available on the AGSM website so that community members can enjoy the exhibition from home.

School and Community groups – For more information on interactive tours and activities for A Prairie Vernacular contact Chris Cooper at [email protected]