Events

2016 OPENING RECEPTIONS

Laura Kaardal: Across the Intersection

Opening Reception: May 5, 2016, 5:30 PM

On view: April 16 – June 26, 2016

Laura Kaardal, Reflection on Bank and Queen, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 91.44 x 122 cm.

Exhibitions

A WINDOW ON PARASKEVA CLARK

February 19 – May 29, 2016

Download a copy of the Winter Exhibitions booklet.

Just as she was beginning her life in Canada as a professional artist, Paraskeva Clark (1898 – 1986) was hired circa 1933 – 34 to work for René Cera in the design department of the Timothy Eaton Company in Toronto. Her career as a commercial artist was relatively brief, and the work that survives from these commissions is rare. Clark was hired due to her knowledge of modern European art and her experience working as a theatre designer in Petrograd, now St. Petersburg. Along with a roster of emerging Canadian painters that included Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Clark promoted modernist sensibilities through the paintings she produced for the large window displays at the Eaton’s flagship store located at College and Yonge Streets.

ALL THAT YOU TOUCH

February 19 – May 29, 2016
Autumn Chacon, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Ursula Johnson, Jaime Koebel, Lisa Myers, Melody McKiver, Gail Tremblay

Download a copy of the Winter Exhibitions booklet.

All that you touch is an exhibition that showcases seven contemporary artists who work with unconventional materials or who use materials in a non-traditional way. Individually, their interests range from traditional connections to the land, familial and geographical histories, and the recuperation of cultural stereotypes. Together, they share an interest in the deeper meanings embedded in their chosen materials via cultural histories and contemporary practices.

Coast to Coast

Features from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art 

January 23 – November 30, 2016

OAG Annex Gallery at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Programs

Accessing the Museum

Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM | Free

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ACCESSING THE MUSEUM

Tuesday, May 3, 7 PM | Free

Ottawa Art Gallery, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue

Ottawa Art Gallery and Tangled Art + Disability invite you to join a community discussion and public talk on museum accessibility. Guest speakers Carmen Papalia and David Garneau will each present perspectives on how public cultural institutions risk disabling and marginalizing their audiences by failing to provide them with meaningful ways of connecting to the content and design of their exhibitions and programs. Both Papalia and Garneau advocate for expanded definitions of access that go beyond standard “best practices” for museum accessibility, and consider the social and cultural barriers created and enforced through institutional habits and colonial privilege.

I identify as a disabled person but I recognize that the conditions that disable me are external and not situated within my body. I identify under an open definition of disability that can include anyone that lives within a system that they have little or no control over, and which does not accommodate their needs as an individual—and therefore, which does not allow them to thrive. […]Contrary to their purpose, access programs do not make the museum more accessible to me, they subjugate the ways in which I learn and govern my participation in contemporary art.” 
           – Carmen Papalia, “How I Found a Way into Museums”

“Touch is the taboo of Western-style museums. They are sites of discipline. They demand that individuals control themselves, particularly that we repress touch, taste and smell in order to sharpen vision and imagination."
“The instructive deconstruction examines institutional designs that discourage access not only to disabled people but to anyone who is incomprehensible or incidental to its imaginary.”
           – David Garneau. (2016, March). Marginalized by Design, Border Crossings, 62-65. 

Speaker bios are available HERE.  

Arts Court is located in a heritage building. Please note that the accessible entrance is located to the left of the front staircase at 2 Daly Avenue. ASL/LSQ interpretation and attendant care will be provided. For additional accessibility accommodations, contact Stephanie by April 26, 2016 (snadeau@ottawaartgallery.ca, 613-233-8699 +227).

Playing with Pigments: Spring Workshop

Saturday, May 14, 1 - 4 PM | Free

Join artist Lisa Myers and explore printmaking using the colour potential in items from your kitchen.  

This is a free workshop but registration is required. Please contact: mvial@ottawaartgallery.ca or 613-233-8699 + 228  

Indigenous Walks

Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2 pm | Free
Meet in the OAG lobby, rain or shine. Join artist Jaime Koebel for a walking tour of Indigenous social, political and cultural spaces in downtown Ottawa.

These unique walks are performed in the context of the exhibition All that you touch. A full schedule of walks is listed below.

Kindly RSVP to: mvial@ottawaartgallery.ca
or 613 233-8699 +228