New Summer 2024 Exhibitions at Art Windsor-Essex

Embrace an ethics of love at AWE this season!

Art Windsor-Essex is proud to announce a season of love! Whether we’re speaking your love language, honouring our region’s diverse histories, digging deep in our collection, or communicating across time, this season at AWE is all about finding meaning through connection.

Joi T. Arcand’s ē-kī-nōhtē-itakot opwātisimowiskwēw (she used to want to be a fancy dancer), 2019, neon channel sign, 596 x 53 x 6 cm. Collection of the University of Saskatchewan. Purchase, 2019. Photo by Carey Shaw.

Love Languages

June 20 – September 22, 2024

Love Languages is a group exhibition that equates artistic production to love. The artworks in the exhibition are all connected through language, text and graphic icons that convey profound meanings. The artists – including Jaime Angelopoulos, Joi T. Arcand, Michael Belmore, Susan Blight, David Bobier, Erika DeFreitas, Ed Janzen + Collette Broeders, Sanaz Mazinani and Mani Mazinani, Laura Moore, and Anne Riley – each assigned their work a quality that aligns with their intentions. The five love languages are a means to understand ourselves and how we want to give and receive love. This exhibition questions, what are the artists’ motives and artistic drivers and who is the intended audience? Are you attracted to a particular work because it speaks to you and how you want to be loved? This exhibition is curated by Julie Rae Tucker.


Jordan Sook, Faith and Indoctrination, 2024, New Living Testament bibles, concrete, steel. Image courtesy of the artist.

Jordan Sook: The Closest I’ve Felt to God

June 20 – September 22, 2024

The Closest I’ve Felt to God features new works by Toronto-based artist Jordan Sook that reflect on the history of the Underground Railroad. Developed in close conversation with descendants of Freedom Seekers who crossed the Detroit River in their pursuit of freedom, Sook’s exhibition unites community voices to honour the past and inspire a brighter future. This exhibition was curated by Jennifer Matotek, and is presented with the support of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.

About the Artist

Jordan Sook is a contemporary mixed media artist who works in sculpture, installation and painting. His work focuses on the recontextualization and understanding of the environment around us through use of familiarity and readymade objects. He currently undertakes the commemorative commission acknowledging the history of Underground Railroad for the new Gordie Howe International Bridge (Windsor/Detroit) set for completion in 2025.


Reading for an Unknown Artist through “Portrait of a Young Gentleman,” 2024, unattributed portrait (c.1655-1660), collection of Art Windsor-Essex. Psychic Medium: Miss AJ Williams. Videography: Renée Lear

Portraits as Portals

July 18 – October 20, 2024
Tour of Portraits as Portals, AWE at Night: July 18, 2024, 6 – 6:30pm

What can be known about artists whose names have been lost to history? The DisplayCult collaborative has invited professional mediums to undertake psychic readings of often-overlooked portraits by “unknown artists” in public art collections since 2018.

AWE’s exhibition of Portraits as Portals will feature video installations of Windsor-Detroit mediums reading unattributed portraits from the gallery’s collection. Much in the same way that psychic mediums work with police departments to locate missing people, this project tests the use of paranormal perception as a method for art historical research.

About the Curators

Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick comprise DisplayCult, a curatorial collaborative devoted to rethinking aesthetics and practices of display from sensory, affective and paracuratorial standpoints. The production of the video installations for the Portraits as Portals exhibition at AWE is supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada under the auspices of Fisher and Drobnick’s insight research-creation project, The Medium in the Museum.


Bev Pike: Grottesque: Spectacles of Miniature & Gigantic

July 18, 2024 – March 2, 2025
Tour of Grottesque, AWE at Night: July 18, 2024, 5:30 – 6pm

In Grottesque, Bev Pike percolates her monumental paintings with smaller works by several women artists. These comparative miniatures bracket her works to recreate the theatricality of four-hundred-year-old underground shell-encrusted grottos in England. Every square inch of any grotto, including this metaphorical one, tells a story and encourages visitors to do the same.

About the Artist

Bev Pike is a Winnipeg artist known for gigantic immersive paintings of architectural utopias. She bases her current series on eccentric subterranean grottos in England. Pike shows her work in major public art galleries across Canada, most recently at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Museum London (London), and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery (Halifax). In addition, she is the recipient of many major grants from the Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.


Mary Wrinch: Painted from Life

July 18 – October 20, 2024
Tour of Painted from Life, AWE at Night: September 19, 2024, 5 – 9pm

Like most historical women artists, Wrinch was not fully acknowledged during her lifetime. In addition to highlighting a collection of unique miniature portraits that have never been shown, Mary Wrinch: Painted from Life will shed light on a lesser-known, yet highly influential Toronto artist. Mary Wrinch: Painted from Life is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Exhibition is curated by Renée van der Avoird, Associate Curator, Canadian Art at the AGO.


About Art Windsor-Essex

Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.

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