Curate Your Night
Arrive curious. Leave inspired.
The AGB invites you to four evenings of inspiration and celebration.
Be one of the first people in Burlington to experience the beauty the gallery has to offer.
Image credit: Matt Barnes
Enjoy a performance by Polaris Music Prize and Juno Award Winner Jeremy Dutcher
Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor and composer who takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates, blending distinct musical aesthetics that shape-shift between classical, traditional, and pop to form something entirely new. Dutcher’s debut release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, involves the rearrangement of early 1900s wax cylinder field recordings from his community. “Many of the songs were lost because our musical tradition was suppressed by the Canadian government. I’m doing this work as there’s only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left. It’s crucial that we’re using our
language because, if you lose the language, you’re losing an entire distinct way of experiencing the world.”
Experience a performance by leading contemporary artist Jeneen Frei Njootli
and view the exhibition:
my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money
Circulated by the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver)
Vuntut Gwitchin artist Jeneen Frei Njootli’s solo exhibition, my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money, is comprised of four huge sheets of steel where we glimpse shadowy impressions left by hand-sewn beadwork created by the females in the artist’s family. The impressions, created by pressing into the artist’s skin, are then transferred via grease prints to the steel. As the exhibit continues its tenure, the art morphs in response to the changes in humidity and temperature. Jeneen performs I am she for the opening of the exhibition, bringing the artworks to life by imprinting another layer onto the steel plate. The artist sings to the metal. The sound of her voice mixed with the rattling of the metal is captured on a playback loop. The amplified rumbles fold over and over throughout the space, creating a sound that can be felt in the body.
Image: wind sucked through bared teeth, 2017
Image: Shuvinai Ashoona, Airport, 2017, coloured pencil and felt tip marker on paper. Purchased with funds raised by the AGG Volunteer Association, 2017, Art Gallery of Guelph Collection.
150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact
Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada.
What does nationhood mean to Canada? This is the question that 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact is designed to, if not answer, then continue exploring. Building on 40 years of creative collaborations with Indigenous artists, communities and organizations, 150 Acts presents diverse narratives that imagine new social futures from the collection of the Art Gallery of Guelph. The exhibition presents art as thoughtful responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action – media such as film, new media and performance, beadwork, textile, sculpture, drawing and painting. Featured artists – including Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavau Manumie, Michael Massie, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, and Norval Morrisseau among others – offer new discoveries and provides the chance to reflect on collective histories and re-imagine possible futures.