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Mysterious painter Tom Thomson the subject of latest AGA lecture

Mysterious painter Tom Thomson the subject of latest AGA lecture

Public talk examines Canadian identity through legends of iconic Canadian artist

September 30, 2010

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to present a public lecture on the iconic Canadian painter Tom Thomson by University of British Columbia professor Sherrill E. Grace on Wednesday, October 6 at 7 pm. Taking place in the AGA’s Ledcor Theatre, this lecture is part of an ongoing series devoted to giving Albertans the opportunity to hear from leading scholars, thinkers and artists on current AGA exhibitions.

Sherrill E. Grace is a professor of English at the University of British Columbia where she holds the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies. In her book Inventing Tom Thompson: From Biographical Fictions to Fictional Autobiographies and Reproductions (2004), she examines Canadian identity through our cultural obsession with artist Tom Thomson. Grace suggests that the figure we have some to recognize as Tom Thomson is inherently linked to many of the qualities that we believe characterize Canadian culture – love of the outdoors, northern solitude and a masculine ability to tame our vast wilderness.

Works by Tom Thomson are currently on view in the exhibition Reframing a Nation, which features works from the AGA’s permanent collection. It explores the role that landscape plays in the construction of Canadian identity, and considers how works by Canadian artists such as Frederick Verner, The Group of Seven and David Milne have helped contribute to the identity that many Canadians recognize today.

The Tom Thomson Lecture: Sherrill E. Grace
Date: Wednesday, October 6
Time: 7 pm
Location: Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
Admission: $15 / $10 AGA Members
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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 over 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and 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 opens 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 resto lounge; 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.