An extensive survey of over 100 art works assembled from public and private collections about life on the Prairies examines historical and contemporary representations of the vernacular in artistic practice on the Canadian prairies. Adopting the materials, methods and motivations of a folk aesthetic, these works reflect on memories and histories of life on the prairies and present visual narratives rife with humour, fantasy, myth, politics, religion, and the prairie gothic.
A relationship between folk & contemporary art produced in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, reveals a shared interest in Prairie experience, culture, environment and sensibilities as compelling sources for artistic practice.
Organized and Circulated by the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (SK) with the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre (AB).
January 14 | 7:00 PM CT | VIRTUAL OPENING
- Introduction to the AGSM’s new curator, Lucie LederhendlerJanuary 15 | 12 NOON CT | LUNCH & LOOK – In Partnership with The Dock
- Curator Talks with Jennifer McRorie and Joanne Marion
January 28 | 7:00 PM CT | A VERNACULAR SPOTLIGHT
February 4 | 2:00 PM CT | ARTIST TALK – Diana Thorneycroft
February 11 | 7:00 PM CT | A VERNACULAR SPOTLIGHT
February 18 | 7:00 PM CT | A VERNACULAR SPOTLIGHT
February 25 | 2:00 PM CT | ARTIST TALK – Adrian Stimson
March 4 | 7:00 PM CT | A VERNACULAR SPOTLIGHT
March 11 | 6:30 PM CT | FAMILY WORKSHOP
To view the exhibition essays please click here.
images L-R: Janet Mitchell, And On This Farm, Acrylic on canvas, 1988, Kenneth HouseGo, Casual Distress, Harvester, mixed media, wooden toy cutouts, 1985, Victor Cicansky, Heritage Seeds, clay, glaze 1985, Sherry Farrell Racette, Riel’s Vision of Death:1885, gouache, watercolour, ink, acrylic, coloured pencil and graphite on paper, 1992, David Thauberger, Power Line, acrylic and sparkles, 2001