Battlefields are more than historic places of war and sacrifice. For Haudenosaunee, they denote a larger political struggle to be recognized by non-Native governments as equal partners within their own lands. From the destruction of their homelands during the Clinton and Sullivan Campaign of the American Revolution to the great battles of the First World War, members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy have put their lives on the line to protect their lands and communities. This struggle, however did not end with the signing of peace treaties, but continues today. Taking their lead from veterans and political leaders, like Chief Deskaheh and Frederick Loft, the Haudenosaunee continue their fight for recognition through protest and political engagement, bringing the battlefield to the home front.
Parker Branch, a project by artists Anna Madelska and Jason Hallows, looks at the meaning-producing property of things through an ongoing dialogue between works of art and found objects. Parker Branch: Has things in Common documents and reflects upon over thirty exhibitions organized by Madelska and Hallows in collaboration with other artists and contributors, which were presented in their small storefront space on Stanley Street in London, Ontario, between 2007 and 2014. The book will be launched 6PM on Friday January 13 at YYZ Gallery in Toronto coinciding with their exhibition at the gallery. The book includes a complete chronology of Parker Branch exhibitions and essays by Jen Hutton and E.C. Woodley. This illustrated, 102-page volume was designed by Danielle St. Amour and published by the McIntosh Gallery Curatorial Study Centre (MGCSC) at Western University.
Soft cover. First edition, 2014. ISBN: 9780771430848. $20.
Kelly Wood is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Visual Arts at Western. She is a photographer and practicing artist whose research focuses on subjects that relate to the environmental impact of waste accumulation, waste economies, and all forms of visible and invisible pollution. As an art practitioner and educator, she has a commitment to analogue and digital photography and contemporary art and art theory. Presented in collaboration with the McIntosh Gallery.
The Fall 2016 Art Now Speakers' Series is organized and curated by Professor Susan Edelstein as a component of ongoing academic offerings in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. The Series is generously supported by The Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Click here to find out about upcoming Visual Arts events.
Steven Lubar is a professor in the departments of American Studies, History, and the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University as well as a current Guggenheim Fellow. His lecture on October 18 is presented by the Public Humanities at Western and will be followed by a reception at McIntosh Gallery immediately after. The following day, McIntosh Gallery will host the panel discussion Public Dialogue 'Engaging Our Communities: Museums, Galleries, and the Humanities' featuring Steven Lubar, Michelle Hamilton, Brian Meehan, and Patrick Mahon. The discussion starts at 5:30PM and will food provided during the intermission. Please see the Facebook page for more details.
McIntosh Gallery will be sharing a booth with Brown and Dickson at Edition Toronto, the first annual Toronto international book fair, where we will be launching 3 new publications by Ed Pien, Kelly Wood, and James Kirkpatrick. Present for book signing on Saturday, October 29 will be: Ed Pien at 1PM, James Patten (author of Kelly Wood's book) at 3PM, and James Kirkpatrick at 5PM. Brown and Dickson will also be carrying our entire back catalogue for sale. This event coincides with Art Toronto.
Open Studios and Graduate Conference
Friday March 11, 2016
Western University Arts & Humanities and the Department of Visual Arts invite you to attend the 2016 BFA/MFA/PhD Open Studios and Graduate Symposium.
Last year's Open Studios was a HUGE success, and this year we want to make it even better. To do so we've planned to show a ton of great art by a ton of talented artists in the BFA Practicum, MFA, and Studio PhD programs! This year’s Open Studios (1-8pm) will run in conjunction with the 2016 Visual Arts Graduate Symposium, Upset & Disarray: Re-Presenting the Museum (10am-5pm).
Mindful of the stakes at play in the museum’s role as cultural conduit, Upset and Disarrayinvestigates diverse and challenging strategies that promote innovation rather than stagnation, fluidity rather than austerity. This symposium collects timely graduate presentations that address a range of topics, reconfiguring relations between the institutional, the curatorial, and the cultural.
Our professional panel is comprised of Lisa Daniels (Curator and Director of the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery), Sophie Quick (PhD candidate at Western University, Board Member at Forest City Gallery, founding member of Good Sport), and artist and writer Josh Thorpe (Dan Graham Pavilions: A Guide; A dog at sea; The Unexpected). Our professional panel will be from 2:00-3:45, followed by our keynote at 4:00. Curator and writer Srimoyee Mitra is the keynote speaker for the Art History Graduate Symposium. She is currently the Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor. Her most recent exhibition is Wafaa Bilal: 168: 01 on view at the AGW until April 10, 2016 in Windsor, Ontario. She has worked as the Art Writer for publications in India such as Time Out Mumbai and Art India Magazine. From 2008-2011 she was the Programming Co-ordinator of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in Toronto. In 2015, she edited a multi-authored book, Border Cultures, co-published by the Art Gallery of Windsor and Black Dog Publishing.
March 26 at 6:30PM
Brown and Dickson, 211 King Street, London, Ontario
Kangaroo Variety is a live monthy magazine hosted by Brown & Dickson Booksellers and UnLondon/121 Studios in the old Novack's building (211 King Street). Just like a print magazine, KV offers interviews, features, reviews, investigative reports, satire and editorial pieces. The only difference is, it's completely live!
This month features an interview with artist Kim Moodie by James Patten of the McIntosh Gallery; a discussion of racism in the LGBTQ community with Ryan Flex; another great film review by Chris Hachey; food from the Boombox Bakeshop featuring local artists Megan Arnold and Joel Thibert; a live advice column by sexologist Dr. Carlen; and DJ stylings by Harina Mokanan, Queen of the Empyrean.
For those who love Hachey's reviews, please know that he will also be viewing movies live in the front window display of 211 King Street from 4 pm on Friday, March 25 until his live review on Saturday night. His viewing will be live streamed, and we will post the link as soon as it is available.
Doors Open at 6:30. Event begins at 7:00 pm. Cash bar.
Tickets available in advance or at the door.
March 31 at 7PM
Join the Arts and Humanities Students' Council and McIntosh Gallery in celebrating the launch of two great, student-run publications with food, drinks, and performances. Publications are free. If you are interested in reading a work of poetry, prose, or spoken word, or performing music at the event please email Sarah Botelho at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up
Karin Jones is a Vancouver-based artist with a background in jewellery and metalsmithing. While in the Master of Fine Arts program at NSCAD University in Halifax in 2012/2013, she began exploring hair as a craft medium, a marker of race and culture, and an expression of feminine identity. Halfway through her MFA, she was hired as an instructor at Vancouver Community College's Jewellery Art and Design program, where she now teaches part-time, and will return to Halifax to complete her degree in 2017. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the Royal Ontario Museum, and the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Presented in collaboration with the McIntosh Gallery. See Karin's Exhibition on view, January 21st to March 12th, 2016.
Johnnene Maddison, Losing Dave: An Artist’s Journey Through Loss
Sunday May 1, 2016
Johnnene’s husband, David Falls, was McIntosh Gallery’s registrar and installation officer for 27 years before he passed away from cancer in 2009. Essentially an illustrated journal, this book brings together Johnnene’s remarkable works of art and her intimate writing about their seven-year personal journey through what is ultimately a universal story of love, resilience and loss.
Join us at McIntosh Gallery for the launch of this special book on Sunday May 1st at 2:00 P.M. Johnnene will be available to sign copies and refreshments will be served. In memory of Dave’s outstanding contributions to the gallery, a memorial oak tree will be planted in the sculpture garden at 3:30 P.M. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Lucas Cabral, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com