Art Gallery of Guelph Fall 2019 Exhibitions


Thursday, September 12, 2019 | 7 – 9 pm

Join us for the launch of three new exhibitions on Thursday, September 12 at 7 pm: Seth: A Life, All Play, Tina Guyani | Deer Road, and Hot to Warm and Cool to Cold. Free admission; all welcome. The Art Gallery of Guelph is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.

September 12 – December 15, 2019

Featuring the work of graphic novelist and artist Seth, A Life, All Play focuses on the creative exploration that is integral to his storytelling, captured in an installation that highlights his life in the studio as well as finished works, including his model city Dominion. Showcasing Seth’s process-oriented practice – one that is not much different from the way he made things as a child – the exhibition provides insight into the broader context of his comic evolution through materials including sketchbooks, scrapbooks, and cardboard maquettes, to comic pages, ceramics and dioramas. Infusing all with genuine play, he has noted, “Sometimes this process leads to finished works, but sometimes it is just about the process itself – following a road that doesn’t always lead to a destination. Sometimes just walking down the road is the point.” read more >

Film Screening: Seth’s Dominion
Friday, September 27, 2019 | 7 pm | Free
Lecture Room at the AGG | Duration: 42 minutes

Part animation and part live action, this documentary offers an intimate portrait of the graphic novelist and artist. Through interviews with Seth and those closest to him, as well as animated clips of his stories, director Luc Chamberland offers a close look at Seth’s inner world as well as his work environment, mixing biography with animation to capture the artist’s manifold creative universe.


September 12 – December 15, 2019

Awarded the 2019 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators, Missy LeBlanc’s exhibition Tina Guyani | Deer Road features artists Glenna Cardinal and seth cardinal dodginghorse, residents of Tsuut’ina Nation, and mother and son, whose work speaks to the human impacts of development on First Nations land – particularly the construction of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road through the family’s ancestral territory. Through mixed media installations, new media works, and performance, Cardinal and cardinal dodginghorse address the psychological and emotional impacts of being forcibly removed and seeing their home – at once dwelling and land – replaced with a sixteen-lane highway. Presented annually, the Middlebrook Prize is supported by the Centre Wellington Community Foundation’s Middlebrook Social Innovation Fund and the Guelph Community Foundation’s Musagetes Fund. read more >

Roundtable Discussion & Performance
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm | Free
Lecture Room at the AGG | Dirt Dance duration: 30 – 40 minutes

Join us for a roundtable discussion with curator Missy LeBlanc as well as artists Glenna Cardinal and seth cardinal dodginghorse, followed by a performance of Dirt Dance by seth cardinal dodginghorse on Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm.

September 12 – December 15, 2019

Featuring works by contemporary artists, filmmakers, and animators Asinnajaq, Glenn Gear, Echo Henoche, and Dayle Kubluitok, Hot to Warm and Cool to Cold explores traditional Inuit storytelling with its deep connection to the land and how this visual imagination has been continually transformed. Juxtaposing digital animation and drawings with works from the Art Gallery of Guelph’s Inuit collection, the exhibition highlights the ongoing adaptation and renewal of forms of graphic storytelling, particularly in response to colonization and globalization. read more >

Images: Seth, Window Shopper, 2017, ink on paper with digital colour. Collection of the artist; Glenna Cardinal and seth cardinal dodginghorse, Winnie and Elsie (Ina series), silkscreened wool blanket. Collection of the artists.


Art Gallery of Guelph
358 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON N1G 1Y1
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 – 5 pm | Accessible
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram