WAG Musical Evening Explores Heroines of History

The Winnipeg Art Gallery invites you to a special evening of music, poetry, and art at 7pm, Wednesday, April 13. Taking place in the intimate setting of the WAG’s Gort Collection, Heroines of History looks at the past and present significance of biblical heroines as presented by poet Bonnie Loewen, harpsichordist Irmgard Baerg, and art educator Rachel Baerg. Tickets are $15 for WAG members and $20 for non-members.

“Many biblical women as diverse as Salome , the Virgin Mary, and early Christian martyrs like St. Cecelia, were painted repeatedly by medieval and Renaissance artists to achieve nothing less than heroine status,” says WAG Educator Rachel Baerg. “We have three significant paintings in our own collection which will serve as inspiration for this evening’s program. Who were these women? What did their stories mean at the time? Why were people so fascinated by them hundreds of years after their deaths? How do we relate to the images of these women today? These are only some the questions we will be exploring.”

Baerg adds that, “Bonnie Loewen has spent months working on a series of poetic responses to these works of art, which will be presented and interspersed with early music. It will be a lovely evening! We hope many people will join us for this unique in-gallery performance.”

Approaching its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures – including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art – the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives.



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