Art Gallery of Guelph Reopens with Summer 2021 Exhibitions


Welcome back! The Art Gallery of Guelph reopens to the public today, Friday, July 16, 2021, with four new summer exhibitions. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 to 5 pm, AGG is committed to ensuring the safest possible conditions for visitors; before arriving at the gallery, please review our COVID-19 protocols.

Anna Torma: Permanent Danger
May 20 – October 3, 2021

Permanent Danger takes its title from Anna Torma’s 2017 artwork of the same name, evoking ideas of human strife and vulnerability, conditions of sustained risk, threatened natural environments, and the highs and lows of daily life. Her dense and vivid embroidered textiles are the perfect expression of such complex experiences, intensely layering details that speak to family and wellbeing, sexuality and identity, home and place. With a practice that is deeply embedded in traditional Hungarian embroidery, Torma takes her predecessors’ materials, motifs, and techniques into new terrain, selecting each element for its unique qualities and cultural allusions. read more >

On June 16, the Art Gallery of Guelph hosted a virtual conversation between the artist and curator Bryce Kanbara exploring the ideas at play in Torma’s artwork. watch now >

Curated by Sarah Quinton and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada with the support of The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation and Carole Tanenbaum as well as the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Online Workshop: Autobiographical Embroidery & Appliqué with Yahn Nemirovsky
Thursdays, July 22 & 29 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph and Textile Museum of Canada

Inspired by the intricate narrative artwork of Anna Torma, this two-part hands-on virtual workshop introduces participants to basic embroidery and appliqué techniques as they explore how textiles can express memory and ideas, resistance and humour. Participants are invited to imagine their own personal visual motifs and symbols as they learn the textile techniques needed to bring stories to life using everyday materials. register now, only 2 spots left >


Emmanuel Osahor: For a moment
May 20 – October 3, 2021

Infused with transnational poetics, the work of Nigerian-born artist Emmanuel Osahor centres on tensions of place and displacement. Coalescing in lush paintings of gardens, each work emerges from his own photographic snapshots of encounters with these nurtured natural spaces, recapturing his fleeting experiences by grafting and reconfiguring the images. Acutely attuned to the precariousness of relationships to home, to ownership, to land, and to belonging produced by migration, for Osahor the garden is a space that speaks to not only the universality of hope and the search for safe refuge, but to ongoing colonial practices that intensify cultural marginalization. read more >

Presented in conjunction with the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph.

In Conversation: Emmanuel Osahor and Amin Alsaden
Thursday, August 26 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Join Emmanuel Osahor and Amin Alsaden for an online discussion about the issues informing the exhibition For a moment. Alsaden is a curator, scholar, and educator whose work focuses on transnational exchanges of ideas and expertise across cultural boundaries. His curatorial practice is committed to disseminating inclusive narratives that challenge existing canons and hegemonic epistemological and power structures. register now >


Vectors of Transmission
May 20 – October 3, 2021

Vectors of Transmission highlights recent projects by Indigenous artists Ruth Cuthand, Bonnie Devine, Bea Parsons, Barry Pottle, and Katherine Takpannie in response to the evolving pandemic. Offering insight into how the impacts of the virus are not experienced equally and consistently, this work underscores the particular vulnerability of communities that continue to experience social, economic and health inequities as well as disparities in decision-making power. Addressing nuanced intersecting colonial histories that span continents and centuries, the artists point to the importance of documenting the present as a way of reinterpreting the past and transforming the future. read more >

Curated by Shauna McCabe and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

May 20 – October 3, 2021

This exhibition features a collection of handcrafted masks that speaks to both cultural resilience and strength of community in the face of a pandemic. A project initiated in 2020 by Métis artists Nathalie Bertin and Lisa Shepherd, participants were invited to create beaded masks that responded to their experiences as they navigated changing COVID-19 conditions. Beginning a Facebook group to facilitate sharing of images, within two weeks membership had grown to over 1500. The second touring exhibition emerging from the project, this iteration includes 44 masks – many using Indigenous beadwork techniques, while others are crafted using an array of traditional and contemporary materials and methods. read more >

On July 8, the Art Gallery of Guelph hosted a virtual conversation with artists from the Breathe collective, including founders Nathalie Bertin and Lisa Shepherd, as well as Teresa Burrows, Don Kwan, Naomi Smith, and Taalrumiq. watch now >

Organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph in partnership with the Breathe collective with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Images: Anna Torma, Dionysia (detail), 2020, hand embroidered collage on several layers of transparent silk fabric, silk thread, 105 x 180 cm. Courtesy of the artist; Emmanuel Osahor, For a moment (detail), 2021, oil and acrylic on canvas, 183 x 228 cm. Courtesy of RBC Art Collection; Ruth Cuthand, Covid-19 Mask No. 6, 2020, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of University of Regina President’s Art Collection.

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