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The AGW Announces its Winter Season
Opens February 10 at 7 pm!

(Top) Suzy Lake; 467 Brewster Street, Bertha Schneider-Evers, 1895; archival ink-jet print
shot in 2014, printed in 2016, 50.8 x 76.2 cm
(Bottom left): Dawit L. Petros; Sign, 2003, 172 x 132.7 cm
(Bottom right): Mary Celestino, Cormorant Colony, Middle Island, 2010
acrylic on canvas,157.0 x 122.0 cm

Suzy Lake: Performing an Archive
Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity / Photographs from the Wedge Collection
Local Matters: Mary Celestino, Elio Del Col, Adèle Duck, Zeke Moores and Tony Mosna

Exhibition Dates: February 11 – May 7, 2017

Join us for Fridays Live! February 10, 2017
7–10 pm: Enjoy meeting artists and curators, a cash bar and music by DJ Nino!
Admission: $15; Free for AGW members and children under 6

Suzy Lake: Performing an Archive

Suzy Lake: Performing an Archive continues the artist’s exploration of social issues and identity. Drawing on historical and personal ancestry research, Lake bears witness—literally and figuratively—to the cycle of urban, demographic and social development of working-class Detroit. The city was marked in the twentieth century by an economic boom and then a striking decline, dramatic population shifts and racial tension. Through documented performances, a personal narrative, she visited the locations where her family, of German heritage, lived, focusing on a family history period from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1920s. The photographic works show the artist photographing these locations and surroundings, often decrepit but not entirely abandoned. As she emphasized, it goes “beyond the revitalization efforts in the Detroit business core; the garbage and street litter in working-class neighbourhoods are gone, indicative of hope and the critical role of community effort in development and urban planning.”

Suzy Lake: Performing an Archive exhibition is a partnership with McMaster Museum of Art and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Suzy Lake is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto, and is a 2016 recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award

Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity / Photographs from the Wedge Collection

Position as Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity / Photographs from the Wedge Collection is the first major exhibition to examine the history, movement and experiences of African Canadians through contemporary photography. This touring exhibition was co-organized with the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) where it first opened in 2010, before travelling to The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Halifax) in 2013. Conceived and organized by Windsor-born art collector Dr. Kenneth Montague, the exhibition presents a wide variety of photographic works from his personal archive - the Wedge Collection - ranging from rare vintage portraits of the first African immigrants to Canada to contemporary works by established artists.

Curated by Kenneth Montague

Local Matters: Mary Celestino, Elio Del Col, Adèle Duck, Zeke Moores and Tony Mosna

This exhibition showcases work from the AGW collection by five artists with sustained commitments to making art in Windsor. The show features sculptures by Zeke Moores, prints by Tony Mosna and Elio Del Col, and paintings by Adèle Duck and Mary Celestino. The works are new acquisitions and yet-to-be shown works acquired for your AGW collection. These artworks challenge traditionally dominant subjects including the representational, the abstract, the landscape, the figurative and the still life within the traditions of painting, printmaking and sculpture. The double-entendre implied by the exhibition title “local matters” speaks to the importance of artistic expression in the region while also referencing the topics and viewpoints expressed in their art. The AGW is proud to recognize each artist’s various successes while supporting the evolution, presentation, and collection of work to emerge from the region. Indeed “we agree,” as Tony Mosna recently wrote to me in a generous letter, “local matters.”

Curated by Catharine Mastin


Friday, February 10, 2017: 7–10 pm
Fridays Live! Opening Reception for Winter-Spring Exhibitions
Admission: $15 Non-Members | FREE to AGW Members

Saturday February 11, 2017
12:30–1:30 pm:
Exhibition Tour with Suzy Lake
Free with Gallery Admission
2–4 pm:
Panel Discussion Position as Desired: Artists in Conversation
Join artists Anique J. Jordan, Jalani Morgan, Sandra Brewster and Kara Springer to discuss their work in the exhibition Position as Desired. Moderated by curator and collector Dr. Kenneth Montague, this conversation will explore the ways in which the artists consider the history, movement and experiences of African Canadians through contemporary photography,
Admission: AGW Members $5 • Non-Members $10 + Gallery Admission

Saturday, March 4, 2017: 1-4 pm
Symposium: The Living River Project: Art, Water and Possible Worlds
This symposium, co-curated by Patrick Mahon and Stuart Reid, considers the cultural, environmental and historical significance of water in the Windsor-Detroit corridor. The symposium will convene interested artists and community groups from both sides of the border to come together the Art Gallery of Windsor to discuss water. This colloquium will involve groups active in the study of the river and advocating for environmental protection such as Mona Stonefish, Dr. Lee Rodney, the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor, Friends of the Detroit River and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

Free with Gallery Admission

Saturday, April 29, 2017
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Artist Talk with In the Black Canada
2-4 pm: Curator Tour with Dr. Kenneth Montague
Free with Gallery Admission

For more information contact Nicole McCabe at or 519-977-0013 ext. 134.
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The AGW would like to acknowledge the City of Windsor and funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.



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