WAG Walking Tour Looks at Downtown Modernist Buildings


The Winnipeg Art Gallery is considered one of the finest examples of Modernist architectural buildings in the country. However, there are many more Modernist buildings in Winnipeg and the WAG has organized an hour-long walking tour of the city’s core at 2pm on Sunday, October 14 with Serena Keshavjee, Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg. 

2012 marks the anniversary of two important late-modernist buildings in Winnipeg:  The Winnipeg Art Gallery, designed by Gustavo da Roza (Number Ten Architecture Group), and the University of Winnipeg’s signature building, Centennial Hall, designed by Lewis Morse (Moody, Moore and Partners). As mid-century buildings age and hit the 50 year mark, the concept of “modernist heritage” is becoming more important. This tour will examine the state of preservation of Winnipeg’s modern buildings, situating the Winnipeg Art Gallery building in its architectural context and look at the role architecture has played in rejuvenating Winnipeg’s downtown since the 1970s.

Serena Keshavjee is an associate professor at the University of Winnipeg, teaching European art and architecture. She is interested in the relationship between art and science in late-nineteenth century Europe. Keshavjee edited a book on Winnipeg Modernist Architecture in 2006, and often tours her students around Winnipeg’s historic and modernist heritage buildings.

Admission is free but there are limited spaces. To reserve your spot, call 204.786.6641 ext 227 or email nfletcher@wag.ca.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is grateful for the support of the following centennial sponsors: BMO, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, TD Bank, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., MTS Allstream, Johnston Group, Air Canada, RBC Royal Bank, PACART, Great-West Life, Friesens, Manitoba Culture Heritage and Tourism,  City of Winnipeg, Investors Group, Volunteer Associates - Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Bistro, Manitoba Lotteries Corporation, Ernst & Young, Fort Garry Hotel, KPMG, Lawton Partners, Loewen, Parrish & Heinbecker, Aikins, AON, Cambrian Credit Union, Manitoba Blue Cross, National Leasing, CP Loewen, North West Company, NRG Management. Media sponsors: Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, CBC, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM, Doowah Design, Visual Lizard, Esdale Printing, Radio-Canada, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Winnipeg, Midcan Production Technologies. 

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its centennial year with an unparalleled series of exhibitions, programs, and events promoting the power of art in life. As Manitoba's leading art museum, the WAG is home to over 26,000 works of art spanning ten centuries, including the world's preeminent collection of contemporary Inuit art.




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