Art Gallery of Alberta

Filmmaker and author Geo Takach to host special program at AGA

Film screening and talk join current exhibition to explore the character of Alberta

For Immediate Release
November 1, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to present a special Rodeo-week screening of Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 pm in the AGA’s Ledcor Theatre. Free with gallery admission, the program will include an introduction to the film, Q & A session and book signing with the film’s director Geo Takach, as well as a screening of his short film Dual Alberta.

Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? compliments the current AGA exhibition Prairie Life: Settlement and the Last Best West, 1930-1955 in providing a look at Alberta and what defines its reputation, both fact and fiction. Skeptical of the many popular stereotypes about our province, Edmonton author and filmmaker Geo Takach sets out to define the truth about Alberta—a serious subject through a high-spirited and humorous lens. Released as a documentary in 2009, and as a nonfiction book in 2010, Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up? reveals the surprising truth and the stunning contradictions about a province that is so often misunderstood.

Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?
Wednesday, November 9, 7 pm
Film Screening & Talk with Book Signing to Follow
Ledcor Theatre
Free with Gallery Admission

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Prairie Life: Settlement and the Last Best West, 1930-1955. On view until January 12, 2012, the exhibition traces 25 years on the Canadian prairies, from the “Dirty Thirties” to the middle of the 1950s, when the image of this region underwent a transformation. Drawn from the AGA’s permanent collection and focusing on images of settlement, Prairie Life includes works by artists such as Maxwell Bates, Llwellyn Petley-Jones and Ella May Walker.

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.

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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.