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art calgary

4 art exhibits to check out in Calgary

By Silvia Pikal

HOUSE OF DIOR
Check out an exhibition dedicated to one of the world’s top fashion houses at Glenbow. Christian Dior is a retrospective of the fashion legend’s haute couture from 1947-1957. In 1946, Dior set up his own couture house in Paris and presented his first collection the following year, featuring voluptuous silhouettes that were a departure from women’s fashions before the Second World War. Browse a selection of Dior’s designs that transformed the French fashion industry; the exhibit runs until June 2.

DELPHINE COCKTAIL DRESS. CHRISTIAN DIOR, PARIS, AIMANT AUTUMN-WINTER 1956. © ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM.

THE RISE AND FALL OF CIVILIZATION
A statue of Kent Monkman’s glamorous alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle stands on a rock-face buffalo jump in a room-filling installation at Glenbow. She’s overlooking the sculptural bison that roam throughout the room, while one sculpture is in shambles on the ground and surrounded by broken china. Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization is a poignant reminder that the North American bison, a source of sustenance for Indigenous people for thousands of years, was nearly hunted to extinction by European settlers in the 1800s. They hunted the bison for their pelts and left the meat to rot, then harvested the bones for fine bone china. The exhibit will be available for viewing throughout 2019.

KENT MONKMAN, THE RISE AND FALL OF CIVILIZATION (INSTALLATION VIEW), 2015, COURTESY THE GARDINER MUSEUM. PHOTO JIMMY LIMIT.

ALBERTA’S HOMEGROWN TALENT
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), is showcasing Alberta’s musical groundbreakers in a new exhibit. Trailblazers: Alberta makes use of video interviews, concert footage and more to showcase big names hailing from Alberta, including Tegan and Sara, Feist and Chad Kroeger. Emerging artists and their accomplishments are also featured, from country singer Lindsay Ell to The Static Shift, a trio of Calgary-based blues-rockers. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the NMC, and there will be a rotating cast of Alberta trailblazers over the next few years.

Photo by Brandon Wallis.

THE ART OF CLAY
On June 16, 1904, “Eureka We Have Found It!” was printed on the front page of the Medicine Hat News. A large natural gas well had been discovered, which led to a boom in Medicine Hat’s economy. Clay quickly became a shining star thanks to the availability of cheap natural gas to fire the kilns, as well as the abundance of the material in the area and neighbouring province Saskatchewan. At one point Medicine Hat supplied Canada with more than 75 per cent of its ceramics. A lasting reminder of the boom is the Medalta potteries site — the former massive industrial operation was transformed into a museum, ceramic art gallery and event space. Artists come from all over the world to work in the studios, or complete an artist-in-residence program. Home at the Alberta Craft Gallery brings Medalta art to Calgary. View everything from delicate, hand-built porcelain plates to impressive sculptures from artists who stayed in Medicine Hat after completing their residency; the exhibit runs until March 30.

Artist: Noriko Masuda, Reach Yunomi, 2016. Bone china, slip cast, underglaze.

Hot Art Round-Up: Aug 23 – 25

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Materiality: 2018 Residency Exhibition
ACAD, 5 – 7 pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Viva! Exhibition and Fundraiser for Equinox Vigil
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Tauska and Antagonica: Naughty
ArtPoint Gallery, reception 6 – 9 pm

Five AM Presents Kyle Metcalf
Five Art & Merchandise, 7 – 10 pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Regency Picnic presented by NutmegSews Calgary!
Confederation Park, 1 – 4 pm

Dirty Donny Gillies art show, book signing and pinball tourny
Pin-Bar, 2 pm – 2 am

Moonlight Market
East Village, 3 – 10 pm

Artist Trading Card Session
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 5 – 7 pm

 

 

Hot Art Round-Up: Jul 19 – 22

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THURSDAY, JULY 19

Brandon Giessmann / Projections ± Predispositions
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 9 – 9 pm

Mitchell Chalifoux / Young Man’s Fancy
Alberta Printmakers, 6 – 7 pm

Jaime McDonald: starting and not necessarily ending
Arts Commons, Untitled Art Society: 6 – 7 pm

Plus 15 Window Gallery Exhibition / Henry Heng Lu
Arts Commons, The New Gallery: 6 – 8 pm

Lusine Manukyan – A Toast
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 7 pm

“Everything Summer” Artist Reception and Art Sale
Motion Gallery, starts at 6 pm

RAW Calgary: Connect
Marquee Beer Market & Stage, 7 pm – midnight

 

FRIDAY, JULY 20

BUMP Launch Party – Part II – Updated
Central Memorial Park, 4 – 11 pm

3D Show II Opening Reception
Motion Gallery, 7 – 9 pm

 

SATURDAY, JULY 21

Bee Kingdom Glass Sale and Free BBQ
July 21 & 22, noon – 5 pm

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Five AM Presents Geneva Haley
Five Art & Merchandise, 7 – 10 pm

Public Event: Charlie Chaplin Film Screening/Film Shoot
WRECK CITY, EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society: 7 – 8:30 pm

 

SUNDAY, JULY 22

Rhymes for Young Ghouls: Four Afternoons of Indigenous Cinema
Untitled Art Society, 2 – 4 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Jul 5 – 7

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THURSDAY, JULY 5

Free First Thursday Night
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Artpoint Gallery Summer Invitational
ArtPoint Gallery and Studios Society, 5 – 9 pm

 

FRIDAY, JULY 6

Gala opening night Queen B is back
John Fluevog Shoes, 5-7 pm

Comic Launch and Exhibition
Dandy Brewery (Artist in Residence program) 7 – 10 pm

 

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Artist-Run Pancake Breakfast | Connections 2018 Closing
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Farmers & Makers Market at cspace
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Locally-Made Market
Bloomfield Garden Centre, 10 am – 3 pm

Summer Exhibitions Opening at Newzones!
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2 – 4 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Jun 14 – 16

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14

Animal Crackers-Angie Rees
Blackboard Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Second Thursday – Artist Spotlight
Alberta Craft Gallery, cSpace: 5 – 8 pm

Adults Only Night at TELUS Spark- Cocktail Science June 14th
TELUS Spark, 6 – 10 pm

ShapeFormChanges Exhibition
Motion Gallery, 6 – 9 pm

Off Cut – Exhibition reception for Chris Savage, and Nasarimba
The Bridge Inc, 7 – 9 pm

Artists in the Museum
The Military Museums, 7 – 10 pm

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

Five AM presents Natasha Jensen
Five Art & Merchandise, 7 – 10 pm

Connections 2018 Group Exhibition
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 5 – 9 pm

Launch Party
Glenbow Museum, 7:30 – 10 pm

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE, 10 am – 3 pm

Rock Painting for Neighbour Day at the Calgary Public Library
Central Library, 11 am – 2 pm

Neighbour Day -Art for the Artist in You
Framed on Fifth, 11 am – 4 pm

Exhibition Opening – Process; thinking through
cSPACE, Alberta Craft Gallery: 2 – 4 pm

BUMP Launch Party ft. Ryan Hemsworth
Central Memorial Park, 3 -11:30 pm

“Canvas pARTy” Bumblebee Buzz
Motion Gallery, 7 – 9:30 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Jun 1 – 3

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Art Auction Launch Party
Motion Gallery, 5 – 9 pm

Andrée-Anne Roussel / -Pathie
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 7 – 10 pm

Bruise Me Softly
Stride Gallery, 8 pm – midnight
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6 things to do in Calgary this week: Dec 18 – 24

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Silvia Pikal.

A LIFE-SIZE GINGERBREAD HOUSE 

If you’ve been hoping to see what a giant gingerbread house looks like, you’re in luck. The Fairmont Palliser is displaying a life-size one in its main lobby. You can even step inside the house with a cash or non-perishable food donation, benefiting the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre and Calgary Food Bank. The giant donation box was so full of non-perishable goods last weekend, it had to be emptied! Help Fairmont Palliser fill it up again until January 2.

Main Lobby, Fairmont Palliser, 133 – 9 Ave SW, Fairmont.com/Palliser-Calgary (more…)