Summer Exhibitions at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery


Opening Reception
Thursday 27 June, 8 pm

Join us in celebrating the opening of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s summer exhibitions. The evening will begin with a free Artist Talk featuring Jenn E Norton at 7:00 pm, to be followed by a public reception from 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!

The Perennials: Works from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Crystal Mowry

Robert Bourdeau, Edward Burtynsky, Jane Buyers, Annie Dunning, Melissa General, Isabelle Hayeur, Ernest Lindner, Jo Manning, Scott McFarland, Meryl McMaster, Ray Mead, Mary Catherine Newcomb, Jenn E Norton, Reinhard Reitzenstein, and Joyce Wieland

21 June to 6 October 2019

Through a visual language that incorporates botanical themes of cultivation and allusions to what it may mean to be “rooted,” the works in this exhibition provide insight into an artist’s perpetual engagement with a singular subject – and the cycles of renewal that can animate an individual’s practice over time.

The Perennials will mark the KWAG premiere of new acquisitions by artists such as Meryl McMaster, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Robert Bourdeau and Jane Buyers, in addition to an Augmented Reality response by Jenn E Norton commissioned specifically for this occasion.


Jenn E Norton: Slipstream

Curated by Linda Jansma and Crystal Mowry
Organized by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

26 June to 22 September 2019

Artist Talk with Jenn E Norton: Thursday 27 June at 7 pm

Influenced by Art Nouveau scenography and spectral forms of technology, Slipstream is an immersive installation that sweeps the viewer’s own reflection into a choreographed dance. Channeling theatrical strategies from a century ago, Norton employs dance and digital technologies to position the body as a site of metamorphic potential.

Mike MacDonald: Planting one Another

Curated by Lisa Myers
Produced in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre

Summer 2019 to Summer 2021

Curator’s Talk with Lisa Myers: Thursday 8 August, 7 pm

A project with care and coexistence at its core, a twin re-planting of a Medicine and Butterfly garden by the late Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald (1941-2006) has been undertaken at two sites within the Haldimand Tract: the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the Woodland Cultural Centre, where MacDonald’s garden was first planted.


Artist Talks at KWAG are kindly supported by Momentum Developments and Sorbara Law.

Free admission to all exhibitions is sponsored by Sun Life Financial.

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Images (from top):

Meryl McMaster, Terra Cognitum, 2013. Digital chromogenic print, 91.4cm x 127cm. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Collection. Purchased in part through the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation, 2019. © Meryl McMaster / courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montréal.

Jenn E Norton, Slipstream (video still), 2018. 6-channel video installation, 10:40 min. Courtesy of the artist. © Jenn E Norton.