Art Gallery of Alberta

Emily Carr canvases on view at the AGA for the first time

Emily Carr canvases on view at the AGA for the first time

Upcoming exhibition complemented by Haida masterpieces and new work by Albertan Sherri Chaba

March 2, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to open three new exhibitions on Saturday, March 5. Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language, Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes and SHERRI CHABA: The Silence of Chaos add to the AGA’s season focusing on art made in Canada.

”This group of exhibitions follows the opening of the exhibitions BRIAN JUNGEN and Walter J. Phillips: Water & Woods, and continues the AGA’s season of art in Canada” says AGA Deputy Director/Chief Curator Catherine Crowston. “These exhibitions recognize the complex issues and histories that inform our understanding of Canadian art.”

Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes marks the first time that Carr’s canvases will be shown at the AGA, and includes many of the artist’s most recognized works. The exhibition consists of 35 works that trace the career of Canadian artist Emily Carr, including examples of her early experiments with European modernism, a selection of later works that reveal her fascination with the art and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Pacific Northwest coast, and its landscape. This international touring exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by Stantec. The exhibition will be on view until June 5, 2011.

Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language features one of the earliest and most significant collections of Haida art in North America. The exhibition, on view until June 5, 2011, includes over 80 historic Haida masterpieces dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. The carved bowls, bentwood boxes, masks, rattles and argillite sculptures included in the exhibition provide a glimpse at the visual language of Haida art. With curatorial assistance form contemporary Haida artist Robert Davidson, this exhibition was organized by the McCord Museum in Montréal with the generous support of the Museum Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Robert Davidson will be in Edmonton to give a Special Artist Lecture at the AGA on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 / $10 for AGA Members, and can be purchased online at youraga.ca.

SHERRI CHABA: The Silence of Chaos, on view until May 15, 2011, is the latest exhibition to be featured in the AGA’s RBC New Works Gallery, a spaced devoted to the presentation of new works by Alberta artists. In this installation, the artist will string lines of wire throughout the space, creating an immersive physical experience. Publications produced by the AGA, and featuring essays by local writers and scholars, accompany each RBC New Works exhibition. The publication for this exhibition features an essay on Chaba’s work by Dr. Melinda Pinfold, PhD of Psychology and M.A. in History of Art, Design and Visual Culture.

The public can meet the local artist behind The Silence of Chaos as Sherri Chaba discusses her work and process in a casual public discussion with AGA Deputy Director / Chief Curator Catherine Crowston on Thursday, May 5 at 6 pm. This event is free with Gallery admission.

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

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