February 7, 2013

Winnipeg Art Gallery:Janet Cardiff l Robert Archambeau l Birchwood BMW Art & Soul

Winnipeg Art Gallery: Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet
February 1 - April 28 
Opening Reception February 15, 7 pm
It will be attended by Marc Mayer, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada.

Forty-Part Motet reworks Spem in Alium by 16th century English composer Thomas Tallis. Involving 40 separately recorded choir voices played back through 40 speakers positioned around the gallery, the 14-minute work creates a deeply moving effect. 

Most people experience this piece in their living rooms in front of only two speakers. Even in a live concert the audience is separated from the individual voices. I wanted to be able to climb inside the music. says Cardiff

Translated as “hope in any other,” Spem in Alium is believed to have been composed in honour of the 40th birthday of Queen Elizabeth I in 1573. Cardiff’s version features the voices of the Salisbury Cathedral Choir. 
Editions of Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet are owned by the Tate Gallery (London), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the National Gallery of Canada.

Art for Lunch • 12:10 pm
Feb 27 • Curator’s tour

Mar 6 • U of M music professor, Dr. Gordon Fitzell, an award-winning composer, explores the evolution of sound art and presents some of his own experimental compositions.

Drawn and Fired: Recent Vessels - Robert Archambeau
February 15 - April 28

Robert Archambeau is best known for his functional pots with their confident profiles, subtle wood-fired glazes, and meticulous finishes.
Drawn and Fired exhibits his drawings produced over the past three years, complemented by examples of his ceramics from the WAG’s collection.
Honoured in 2003 with the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, Archambeau was the first Manitoba artist to be recognized with this prestigious award.

... everything is worked and reworked, investigated and mined for potential. The surfaces of his drawings are layered, his mediums varied. The textures of his ceramics emerge in the rubbed surfaces… The minimalistic aesthetic of his drawings is indicative of the deceptive simplicity of his clay vessels. 

The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Birchwood BMW Art & Soul: 
One Hundred Celebrates a Century of Heroes, Sins, and Has-beens 
February 23, 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Tickets are $50 each (or 10 for $450)
Present your ticket stub at the WAG front desk for a 25% discount off a WAG membership (some restrictions apply).

Have a cocktail with Andy Warhol, let your hair down with Nicki Minaj, and keep an eye out for Coco Chanel! A century of musical mashups by live DJs on all four levels is only the beginning. Each floorwill showcase an eclectic and vibrant social scene from every era of the last one hundred years. Step back in time while enjoying EQ3’s modernist lounge. 
Be who you want to be for one unforgettable night!

“Engaging our community is what the WAG is all about, particularly during our Centennial year,” says the Gallery’s Executive Director Stephen Borys.

Featuring interactive experiences, live entertainment, access to art exhibitions, themes and music on every floor, costumes, exquisite beverages, and more, Art & Soul 2013 will once again be the winter encounter of the year!

The 2013 Art & Soul: One Hundred committee consists of Chad Falk (Co-Chair),
Paulo Fernandes (Co-Chair), Jennifer Nixon (Co-Chair), Eric Au, Jenna Boholij,
Kayla Dickin, James Eichele, David Lewis, Dan Lussier, Alan McGreevy,
Catherine Maksymiuk, Jacques de Muelenaere, Kevin Parsons, Johnny Picklyk,
Jessica Rempel, Karly  Sullivan, and Laura Wittig.

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