Winter 2023 Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Guelph

Winter Season Launch

Thursday, January 19, 2023 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, January 19, at 6:30 pm, for the launch of the Art Gallery of Guelph’s winter season featuring four exhibitions that consider the importance of expanding political, personal, and perceptual imaginations at this moment. Together, Mary Kelly: To Witness the Future, Creative Dissent, Jason Lujan: Under a Star-Filled Sky, and Insoon Ha: Dirge speak to the critical role of art and visual culture in social change as forms of activism, healing, and knowledge-building. All welcome; refreshments will be served.


Mary Kelly: To Witness the Future
January 19 – May 14, 2023

While pioneering and influential feminist artist Mary Kelly is best known for her 1970s conceptual art installations, To Witness The Future is the first exhibition to specifically explore her long engagement with political movements. The works on view were produced between 2005 and 2020, referencing the responses of women and women-aligned activists to key issues of equal rights in North America and Europe since the 1960s. With a range of collaborators, methods, and materials, she has mined historical archives to examine not only recurring themes of gender discrimination, racism, nuclear war, and the climate crisis, but also the forms of resistance they have generated. read more >

Curated by Al Miner and organized by the Georgetown University Art Galleries, Washington, DC, this exhibition is supported by Helaine Posner (C ’75). The exhibition is presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the generous assistance of the Office of the former University Librarian, Rebecca Graham, University of Guelph, as well as the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.


Creative Dissent
January 19 – May 14, 2023

Creative Dissent offers a glimpse of a social aesthetic, a visual culture of protest, emerging in and through mobilization, participation, and action. From Jordan Bennett, Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue, Jenna Reid, Aram Han Sifuentes (Protest Banner Lending Library), and Slavs and Tatars, the banners and flags on view are infused with both craft and community, advocating for human rights to clean water, resources, safety, asylum, citizenship, equality, and participation. While each speaks to a distinct time and place, together they highlight a history of social change and the same profound thread of the personal, the political, and the social found in the work of second-wave feminists like Mary Kelly. read more >

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


Jason Lujan: Under a Star-Filled Sky
January 19 – April 30, 2023

Comprised of sculpture and images that connect aspects of Indigenous cosmology in North America to wider cultural, political, and social meanings and understandings, Under a Star-Filled Sky explores the effects of the interplay of materials involving transparency, gold, light, and shadow. The exhibition title speaks to the idea of seeing through space – the cosmic expanse beyond our planet as well as the physical dimensions our bodies move and see through, highlighting the myriad possibilities revealed when we open ourselves to other ways of looking. read more >

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


Insoon Ha: Dirge
January 19 – April 30, 2023

Insoon Ha’s compelling installations explore themes of power, colonialism, hybridity, and the abject. Working across several media, her work often takes shape in visceral forms, presenting scenes that probe and disturb. Her latest offering Dirge, though no less affective, veers slightly from this approach. The project took root during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns during which Ha experienced the deaths of those close to her including her father and friend artist Sylvie Bélanger, while also being deeply impacted by the discovery of mass graves at former residential schools in Canada. In response, the artist has created a sculptural installation that acknowledges the enormity of feelings of loss while offering a space for grief and mourning. read more >

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


Kara Springer: Death Defying Feats and Everyday Abstractions
January 19 – April 30, 2023

A recent AGG acquisition, this photo-based work chronicles the artist’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth amid reports of high maternal mortality rates experienced by Black women in the United States. Through portraiture, repetition and minimal text, Springer draws attention to the ways in which racialized bodies are frequently met with disregard and inattention, particularly within institutional settings such as healthcare systems, subtly positing that care and attentiveness can serve as an antidote to this predilection. read more >

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


Images: Mary Kelly, We don’t want to set the world on fire, 2019, Duratrans print in LED light box, 172.4 × 115.25 × 7 cm. © Mary Kelly. Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; Jason Lujan, Pachinko Machine (Ya’ai’ version) (detail), 2020, customised vintage pachinko machine, 81.3 × 5.1 × 20.3 cm. Courtesy of the artist and MKG127; Insoon Ha, Dirge (detail), 2022, mixed media installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

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