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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.

Asian Heritage Month

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(L-R) Lauren Crazybull, Coty, 2020, acrylic on canvas; Yong Fei Guan, 塑胶狮 Sujiao Shi, 2018, household plastic waste, PVC pipe, screws, nails and wood; Lauren Crazybull, Kristen, 2020, acrylic on canvas. Installation view of The Scene, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, 2021. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Art Gallery of Alberta.

May is Asian Heritage Month. Here at the AGA, we are privileged to have a longstanding history of presenting exhibitions and programming with artists from many Asian cultures. In our exhibition, The Scene, you will find the work of Chinese-Canadian artist Yong Fei Guan currently installed and waiting for our reopening.

Yong Fei Guan’s pair of sculptures, 塑胶狮 Sujiao Shi, were made in response to two recent events. The first occurred on April 4, 2017, when the City of Edmonton removed the two Chinese guardian lions that flanked the Harbin Gate. Formerly the ceremonial gateway to Chinatown, the Harbin Gate was named after Edmonton’s sister city in China. The second event happened in January of the following year when China announced that it would no longer accept most plastic recyclables from other countries. Made entirely from household plastic waste, Guan’s lions memorialize the displacement of a local monument while speaking to the global waste crisis. You may also recognize one of the sculptures from the exhibition, Daydreams, at the McMullen Gallery.

We will be sharing more for Asian Heritage Month on our social channels throughout May.

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: closed
Friday: closed
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed

Admission

AGA members
FREE
Youth 0-17
FREE
Alberta students 18+
FREE
Out-of-province students
$10
General admission
$14
Seniors 65+
$10

Location

2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5J 2C1

780.425.5379
info@youraga.ca

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The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe. We also acknowledge all of the Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples who make Alberta their home today.