Summer 2023 Exhibitions at Art Windsor-Essex

Tina Rouhandeh, detail of Wounded Birds, 2019, thread, fabric, rolled paper, 48 in. x 60 in. Image courtesy the artist.

New Exhibitions on View

July to October, 2023

Tina Rouhandeh: Inquiry About Forgotten Birds asks: how can we excavate and preserve the untold narratives of a people when those very narratives are at risk of erasure? In what ways do traditional crafts embody the immaterial layers of history? What is at stake when we attempt to leave a physical trace of that which is intangible? Working across calligraphy, hand-stitching, and weaving, Tina Rouhandeh reflects on loss and absence, and the ways in which they can (or cannot) be articulated and materialized. This exhibition forms part of Below the 6, a series of exhibitions that focuses on artists based in Southwestern Ontario whose practices are socially and politically minded. Tina Rouhandeh: Inquiry About Forgotten Birds is curated by TD Curatorial Fellow Muriel N. Kahwagi and is generously supported by TD Bank Group. Open to October 1, 2023.

Exhibition view, MOONSHINE, 2023. Pictured: Polly One (2018), Polly Two (2018), Condor (2019), Black Vulture (2021), Thirty Seven Degrees (2023) ©Kevin Jerome Everson; courtesy the artist, trilobite-arts DAC and Picture Palace Pictures. Photo: ©Oona Mosna

MOONSHINE: The Celestial Films of Kevin Jerome Everson. Media City Film Festival in partnership with Art Windsor-Essex presents the first solo exhibition of Kevin Jerome Everson’s work in Canada, curated by Greg de Cuir Jr., Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Kinopravda Institute, and Oona Mosna, Artistic Director, Media City Film Festival, as part of Media City Film Festival’s 26th Edition. MOONSHINE also marks the first occasion that the internationally celebrated American artist, filmmaker, and Heinz Award recipient’s ever-growing body of astral-focussed films are presented together in their entirety. This exhibition offers visitors a rare chance to experience the artist’s cinematic renderings documenting the shape, surface, and spatio-temporal movements of stellar objects, tracing their revolutionary and cosmic cycles, and capturing brief and brilliant encounters between lunar and solar bodies. Open to October 1, 2023.

Lillian F. Schwartz, handcoloured still from Pixillation, circa 1970. From the Collections of The Henry Ford, Gift of the Lillian F. Schwartz & Laurens R. Schwartz Collection.

From July 11, Art Windsor-Essex presents a special screening of films by early multimedia artist Lillian Schwartz in partnership with The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and their major retrospective Lillian Schwartz: Whirlwind of Creativity. Whirlwind of Creativity is curated by Kristen Gallerneaux, curator of communications & information technology at The Henry Ford, and its presentation at Art Windsor-Essex is organized by Nadja Pelkey. Open from July 18 to September 24, 2023.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Biocurious features artists who explore living matter as their subject matter, and in some cases, their artistic medium. Artists include Siku Allooloo, Alana Bartol, Christi Belcourt, Daphne Boyer, Hannah Claus, Nicole Clouston, Becky Comber, Ruth Cuthand, Lisa Hirmer, Charmaine Lurch, Laura Magnusson, Maria Simmons, Kara Springer, Laura St. Pierre, Jennifer Wanner, Amanda White, Jennifer Willet and Xiaojing Yan. Curated by Jennifer Matotek and Julie Rae Tucker. Open to September 24, 2023.

Rick Leong: Hard Look Soft Gaze is a reflection on pictorial representations of the landscape, and the place that they occupy in our lives and our collective imagination. Leong curated works depicting landscapes from AWE’s collection of nearly 4,000 artworks, and activated them by creating a painting of his own. Leong’s A Landscape Both Appearing and Disappearing (2021-2022) is presented alongside 30 works from AWE’s collection, evoking the ways in which we move through and inhabit the landscapes around us. Open to October 22, 2023.

Jon Sasaki: Aura brings together two bodies of work exploring the history of Canadian landscape painting. With Aura, Sasaki collaborates with four clairvoyants to reveal the “spark of the divine” in six Lawren Harris paintings from the AWE collection. Homage, originally presented at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, presents new microbial landscapes made from dormant bacteria, yeast and fungus swabbed from Group of Seven studio objects. Homage is presented in collaboration with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario. Open to October 22, 2023.

Water Protectors brings together artists whose works explore the importance of water from Indigenous perspectives. Artists in the exhibition are Christian Chapman, Ruth Cuthand, Melissa General, Tanya Harnett, Roy Kakegamic, Glenna Matoush and Roy Thomas. Through their works, these artists explore how water is a sacred, living entity in need of care and protection. The exhibition calls attention to the need to care for the earth’s most sacred resource, pays special tribute to those who take up that important work, and honours all Water Protectors across Turtle Island. This exhibition is curated by Julie Rae Tucker and Danielle Printup. Open to September 10, 2023.

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Art Windsor-Essex respectively 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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Windsor, Ontario N9A 7J1

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