The Sounds of Coming Together

Authored by: WAG Staff on December 5, 2019

James Webb. South African, born 1975. Prayer (Chicago), 2018. Multi-channel sound installation, Variable. Rennie Collection, Vancouver and the Art Institute of Chicago, Photography Purchase Fund; promised gift of Rennie Foundation. 2018.394.

As you enter, Prayer (Chicago) fills the gallery with wondrous sound. Humbly and carefully, you remove your shoes and step on to a carpet that seems infinite. You are softly enveloped by words and song. Some, you can decipher, others you have never heard before. Your skin tingles as you walk, crawl, kneel, or sit. Here on this carpet, the right to live in peace and plurality seems attainable, something that continues to be a dream of many world leaders.

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See the Stories, Add Your Support

Authored by: WAG Staff on December 5, 2019

Visible Vault. Michael Maltzan Architecture

Join the growing community, including Sam Lyons, who are championing Inuit art. Add your support by purchasing a shelf in the WAG Inuit Art Centre’s Visible Vault. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the community of supporters who are coming together to build the Centre.

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Kent Monkman's North End

Authored by: WAG Staff on October 30, 2019

In conjunction with the Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience exhibition, CBC Indigenous’ Lenard Monkman took the artist back to some of the North End locations depicted in his Urban Res series.

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A Gallery Ball for the Books!

Authored by: WAG Staff on October 30, 2019

As the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s premier annual fundraising gala, the Gallery Ball grows ever year. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s event, by attending and donating generously, all in support of youth art and outreach programs.

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Interior Illusions Gets the Ball Rolling

Authored by: WAG Staff on October 16, 2019

TimeOut Chair

In just a few days, the 2019 Gallery Ball will be here! The WAG’s premier annual fundraising gala in support of youth art and outreach programs is made possible thanks to many long-term local partnerships. For the fifth consecutive year, Interior Illusions is transforming Eckhardt Hall into an elegant lounge with custom furniture for you to enjoy.

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Fired and tested: Warming recipes for handcrafted bowls

Authored by: WAG Staff on October 1, 2019

Down to Earth: Homemade Soups in Handmade Vessels Volume 2

Down to Earth: Homemade Soups in Handmade Vessels is back by popular demand, with the second edition of our philanthropic cookbook. In the lead-up to the 5th annual CRAFTED: Show + Sale—November 8 and 9 at the WAG—the Down to Earth cookbook is a collaboration between Ayoko Design and the WAG, raising funds for both Winnipeg Harvest and the Gallery. A curated selection of 20 recipes concocted by your favourite local chefs and served in vessels created by ceramic artists will warm you up this season!

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The Nine Chapters

Authored by: WAG Staff on August 29, 2019

Kent Monkman. The Subjugation of Truth, 2016. Collection of Donald R. Sobey.

From September 27 to February 23, see Kent Monkman's Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience at the WAG. Travel back in time with the artist through 150 years of Indigenous experience in Canada, from the fur trade to depictions of Urban Rez.

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Catching up with the Interns

Authored by: WAG Staff on July 31, 2019

Every summer, the WAG is pleased to welcome students for internships in a variety of departments and roles. Hear from Tessa Brenan, Sarah Mihychuk, Audrey Bews, and Ben Wilson on their experience working at Manitoba's leading art museum in education, marketing, events, art camps, and more. "We get the rare chance to be surrounded by unique works of art all day!"

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Curating Small Worlds: Inuit Miniature Carving

Authored by: Jocelyn Piirainen on June 26, 2019

Ulilak, Man and Qayak with Two Swimming Caribou, 1959. Ivory, stone. Government of Nunavut Fine Art Collection, on long-term loan to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, NA 766 a-k.

The first day I started as the Assistant Curator of Inuit Art, myself and Lisa Charleyboy (the new Manager of Indigenous Initiatives) were given the requisite tour of the gallery building - including all of the vaults where the artwork is stored. Any sort of tour inside of vaults, where the public generally doesn’t get the opportunity to visit, is pretty exciting!

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John Paskievich’s North End

Authored by: WAG Staff on May 31, 2019

John Paskievich, Untitled, from the series North End, Winnipeg, 1976 silver print on paper, silver halide 35.3 x 27.7 cm Image: 30.2 x 20 cm Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with the J. Elmer Woods Fund G-82-38

John Paskievich is an iconic Winnipeg photographer and filmmaker. In this interview with the artist, you can learn about the new show opening June 29 at the WAG, featuring daily life in the North End from the 1970s to the 2000s.

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Your WAG Studio: Blue Skies Ahead!

Authored by: WAG Staff on May 31, 2019

Architectural Rendering of the Rooftop of the WAG Inuit Art Centre, opening in 2020. Photo: Michael Maltzan Architecture.

In 1937, the WAG Studio began offering Winnipeg School Division (WSD) Sponsored Art Classes. When the gallery as you now see it was built, an opportunity arose to offer more programs, in the lower level of the WAG, including seasonal art classes, day camps and evening workshops. “Today, WAG Studio caters to children, teens and adults, by offering skills-based programming for all ages,” says Rachel Baerg, Head of Learning & Programs.

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the cartographer’s mistake

Authored by: WAG Staff on May 3, 2019

Toronto-based Sarindar Dhaliwal, is in Winnipeg this week installing her series the cartographer’s mistake, in advance of the May 11 opening of Vision Exchange. We sat down with the artist to give you some insight into her work, which references the 1947 Partition of India into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

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Tony Scherman Paints Humanity

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 3, 2019

Tony Scherman, Artist as Citizen (Self-portrait), 2017-18. Private collection.

Step into the swirl of conversations between icons of history in the form of monumental multi-faceted portraits.

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A Masterpiece in Flowers

Authored by: WAG Staff on April 3, 2019

Photo: David Lipnowski

Next week, we’re inviting the outdoors in. For three whole days, the Gallery will be awash with the scents and colours of spring!

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Mystery Painting Found at WAG

Authored by: WAG Staff on March 2, 2019

London's National Army Museum recently recreated a monumental 1919 exhibition of work by Sir Alfred James Munnings. However, a handful the paintings were nowhere to be found, including that of General Brigadier-General Robert Paterson’s horse Peggy. Read the amazing story of its discovery at the WAG thanks to the keen eye of an archivist at the Shilo, Manitoba Military base

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That 80s Sound

Authored by: WAG Staff on March 1, 2019

To further highlight the pan-artistic quality of The 80s Image exhibition, the WAG developed a unique audio tour with CKUW 95.9 FM. An ode to the era of mixtapes, deeply evocative 80s songs awaken the senses on a creative journey through the decade.

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Morrisseau’s Androgyny

Authored by: WAG Staff on February 4, 2019

Norval Morrisseau was a giant of the Canadian art world. Now you can see one of his most monumental works—in terms of both size and significance—at the WAG.

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Get Creative for Art in Bloom

Authored by: WAG Staff on February 4, 2019

Do you know a professional or amateur florist whose creativity knows no bounds? The call for interpreters for Art in Bloom 2019 is officially open.

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Salon Style

Authored by: WAG Staff on January 19, 2019

Imagine living at an English country house like Downton Abbey, or an ancient academy like Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Paintings, accumulated over centuries, would be crammed on the towering walls and stairwells, their ornate frames nearly touching one another.

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Wellness@WAG

Authored by: WAG Staff on January 7, 2019

More and more, experts are recognizing the connection between art and health. The WAG is expanding our wellness programming just in time for the new year, so it’s the perfect time for you to explore how you can enhance your 2019 with the benefits of art.

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Arctic Topiaries

Authored by: WAG Staff on January 7, 2019

Each year, Winnipeg’s Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice attracts the world’s attention by fusing the best of design and art with the city’s famous winters, and this year your WAG is participating!

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Behind Closed Doors

Authored by: WAG Staff on December 4, 2018

A peek at the creative process with ten artists from Winnipeg.

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Stories from Baker Lake

Authored by: WAG Staff on December 4, 2018

Mary Yuusipik Singaqti. Wolves, 1999-2008. Coloured pencil, graphite on paper. Winnipeg Art Gallery, Acquired with funds from a dedicated donation from Marnie and Karen Schreiber, 2015-27

Two new exhibitions connected by both family and land.

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Heart of Craft

Authored by: WAG Staff on October 31, 2018

Down to Earth: Homemade Soups in Handmade Vessels is a cookbook that pairs 20 ceramic artists with 20 chefs to benefit Winnipeg Harvest.

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Art as Activism

Authored by: WAG Staff on September 28, 2018

General Idea. AIDS, 1988. Acrylic on canvas, silkscreened wallpaper. Winnipeg Art Gallery, Acquired with funds from the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation, G-92-191.

The 80s Image features about 50 pieces by local and international artists who helped define the decade. In this electrifying show, you'll find several rarely displayed artworks from the WAG collection.

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Did video kill the art star?

Authored by: WAG Staff on August 30, 2018

The 80s Image curator, Andrew Kear, as Optimus Prime ca. 1985

Find out when The 80s Image opens on September 28.

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In Focus: Morisot and Cassatt

Authored by: WAG Staff on July 27, 2018

Berthe Morisot's Portrait of Mme Boursier and Her Daughter (Portrait de Mme Boursier et de sa fille)

Take a closer look at the lives and work of Morisot and Cassatt who are featured in the WAG's Summer with the Impressionists. While they were denied entry to the Art Academy in Paris based on gender, Cassatt and Morisot pushed ahead to become leading figures in the Impressionist movement.

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Wellness @ WAG: Summer Sunset Yoga and Rooftop Pop-Ups

Authored by: WAG Staff on June 29, 2018

Take a deep, cleansing breath. Hold. Now let it out slowly, feeling it move out of your body. Let your body relax when you take a break and join us for yoga at the Gallery.

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Behind-the-Scenes: Summer with the Impressionists

Authored by: WAG Staff on June 6, 2018

The galleries have been transforming in preparation for your Summer with the Impressionists! What does it take to put together Manitoba's first major display of French Impressionism? Radovan Radulovic, WAG Head of Museum Services, gives you a view from inside the galleries.

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Defying Convention: Curator Q+A

Authored by: WAG Staff on May 1, 2018

Defying Convention co-curator Paula Kelly sat down with the WAG to chat about the significance of the exhibition and the role of women in society.

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Connection + Relationships Through Art

Authored by: WAG Staff on March 28, 2018

Film still of Dee Barsy via Ice River Films

Created from her memory and imagination, Dee Barsy's My Four Grandmothers, part of INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE, is about connection and relationships. While working on the piece, Barsy reflected on her relationships with her grandmothers and contemplated grief, loss, death, and reunification.

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Gone but not Forgotten

Authored by: WAG Staff on February 27, 2018

Rivers' Driftwood Honours Missing and Murdered

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Hunger Strike Sparks Visual Poetry

Authored by: WAG Staff on January 28, 2018

Tayna Lukin Linklater. The Treaty is in The Body, 2017. Film still.

How does a film with no audio relate to language? For Tayna Lukin Linklater, The Treaty is in The Body (2017) functions as a form of activism, “a series of reflections on Indigenous women’s work that consider treaty, family, and place.”

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Space and Place

Authored by: WAG Staff on January 3, 2018

This January you can explore the theme of space and place in the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition by learning about the artists who examine the interconnectedness of land and the space around us.

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Bridging the past and the future

Authored by: WAG Staff on December 4, 2017

This month, we’re continuing to explore the theme of technology and how INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE artists weave together traditional knowledge with technology in their work.

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Tradition + Technology

Authored by: WAG Staff on November 3, 2017

How does INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE bring tradition and technology together? Old and new are woven together in several of the artworks on view until spring 2018. Learn about the role technology plays by taking a closer look at some of these pieces, including in Tsema Ighara’s Ejideh: Push it!, an amplified caribou hide.

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Q+A with Teva Harrison

Authored by: WAG Staff on November 3, 2017

In-Between Days: Living with Cancer opens November 11 at the WAG. In this exclusive interview with the artist Teva Harrison, find out how the exhibition came to be at the WAG.

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The newly opened Iqaluit International Airport

Authored by: WAG Staff on September 29, 2017

Andrew Kear, WAG Chief Curator; Radovan Radulovic, Head of Museum Services, and WAG prep staff Serge Saurette traveled with artwork and installed pieces alongside Krista Zawadski, Government of Nunavut Curator of Inuit Art. Hear their thoughts on being involved in the airport installation.

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Q & A with Dayna Danger

Authored by: WAG Staff on September 29, 2017

MASKS by Dayna Danger

You can explore different themes running throughout INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE, the WAG’s largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art which opened September 22. Monthly themes range from technology to storytelling to language and more.

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RECLAIMING SPACE

Authored by: WAG Staff on September 5, 2017

Kenneth Lavallee. Creation Story, 2017. Collection of the artist.

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is the WAG’s largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art, extending from the main galleries to ceilings, stairs, and even outside!

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