Tomorrow evening, Ottawa’s largest historical photography online community, Lost Ottawa, will be one of the topics for our September DOUBLE MAJOR. Check out the Facebook page for lots of cool old photos of the city and citizens. Everything from tourism promotion to family snapshots.
And join us tomorrow night for our first DOUBLE MAJOR of the semester!
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Tomorrow evening, Ottawa’s largest historical photography online community, Lost Ottawa, will be one of the topics for our September DOUBLE MAJOR. Check out the Facebook page for lots of cool old photos of the city and citizens. Everything from tourism promotion to family snapshots.
And join us tomorrow night for our first DOUBLE MAJOR of the semester!
ZoomInfo
Tomorrow evening, Ottawa’s largest historical photography online community, Lost Ottawa, will be one of the topics for our September DOUBLE MAJOR. Check out the Facebook page for lots of cool old photos of the city and citizens. Everything from tourism promotion to family snapshots.
And join us tomorrow night for our first DOUBLE MAJOR of the semester!
ZoomInfo

Tomorrow evening, Ottawa’s largest historical photography online community, Lost Ottawa, will be one of the topics for our September DOUBLE MAJOR. Check out the Facebook page for lots of cool old photos of the city and citizens. Everything from tourism promotion to family snapshots.

And join us tomorrow night for our first DOUBLE MAJOR of the semester!

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Champlain dans l’Anishinabe Aki: History and Memories of an Encounter

Today and tomorrow, Carleton University’s Department of History is hosting a colloquium featuring dynamic panelists, research and exhibits – the wrap-up event of Ottawa regional celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s passage up the Ottawa River.

A collaboration between academics, First Nations and the community, the event will provide different perspectives on the past and on the Champlain commemorations, including the legacies of his encounter with Algonquins and its meaning for today’s issues of land occupation.

For more information and the full program in English and French, click here.

Image: Champlain’s view of the Parliament Buildings, courtesy of Plain-Chant, an interactive, a sound and light installation that reacts to the voices of the audience. Commissioned by the NCC, it was created by French artists from 1024 Architecture. Be sure to check it out this weekend (especially around sunset!).

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Collection Friday!
Philander Stiff and Thomas P., A View of the Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, 1879. Stereograph on card.
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Canon EOS 30D
ISO
640
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f/11
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1/8th
Focal Length
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Collection Friday!

Philander Stiff and Thomas P., A View of the Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, 1879. Stereograph on card.

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Ottawa Art Scene: September 19 - 25

We’re up to our ears with art this weekend, including the Nuit Blanche mega-event on Saturday night. What will your strategy be? Strict schedule or serendipitous encounters?

For tonight, the choice is easy. The Ottawa Art Gallery’s new shows open this evening, and the party should be a big one. Guest curator Michael Schreier has organized a solo exhibition of photographs by Dave Heath, and Sook-Yin Lee will present personal photographs in the first-ever exhibition for this acclaimed Canadian musician, actor, filmmaker, radio/tv personality.

On Saturday morning, there is another edition of Urban Craft, Ottawa’s great craft and food market in the Glebe Community Centre. I’m always impressed with the uber-talented vendors, who come from Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal with their soaps, jewellery, ceramics, and everything in between. It’s not too early to start shopping for Christmas presents, right?

If you’re having a hard time choosing where to be on Saturday night for Ottawa’s second Nuit Blanche all-night art extravaganza, Peter Simpson has done a “best bets” article for the Citizen. There are plenty of specially-commissioned projects, including a sound and light installation at the Champlain monument by Paris-based collective 1024 Architecture. I’ll try to hit all the art hubs in the Market, like The Rectory, SPA:O, and Arts Court, along with the installations in Hintonburg. I noticed lots of artists working with light - probably interpreting the Supernova theme. Make your picks here.

On Sunday afternoon, CUAG has organized a Modern Architecture Bike Tour around Ottawa, starting with a tour of Y & G #12 (curtain walls). Led by architectural historian Andrew Waldron, you can discover iconic and hidden examples of curtain wall systems from Ottawa’s modern urban landscape. There are still spots available, so email fiona.wright@carleton.ca to reserve your place. The tour ends downtown (with a beer perhaps?). 

For Michèle Provost’s new series of work, which will be exhibited at Patrick Mikhail starting on Wednesday, the Gatineau artist takes on Art Now!, a serial publication of popular contemporary artists. With her embroidered and printed works, Provost questions the subjective process employed by art-world publications of selecting, defining, categorizing, and evaluating art. There are also questions of how our encounters with art are often made through digital reproductions, as she attempts to bring the art back to an art form, turning photographic reproductions of works of art into embroidery, painting, and three-dimensional objects. Not to be missed! 

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The new season of DOUBLE MAJOR begins next Tuesday!

We have invited David McGee (of the Facebook community Lost Ottawa) and procrastination expert (and Carleton prof) Tim Pychyl to start this series off with a bang!

Hope you can join us!


p.s. What’s DOUBLE MAJOR? Once a month, we hear from two passionate experts, each speaking for 20 minutes about their subject, after which there will be a Q&A addressing both topics. One speaker is from the Ottawa-Gatineau community, and one is from the Carleton community. DOUBLE MAJOR is a fun and friendly way to stimulate discussion of seemingly disparate topics, and to make new connections between people and ideas. Props encouraged!

For the list of Fall 2013 speakers, click here.

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Want to ask one of CUAG’s curators about the current exhibitions, their favourite works from our collection, or just what it means to curate, in the first place?

Tomorrow, CUAG is participating in #AskACurator Day on Twitter, so tweet us any questions you have and our Director (and past Curator) Sandra Dyck will answer them! Expect some surprise guest appearances by past guest curators as well!

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On View: Y & G #12 (curtain walls)

Just what are curtain walls anyway (no, not like this)? Hung from, rather than part of the building’s structure, a curtain wall is usually made out of glass.

A curtain wall is one of the primary means of expression in modern architecture. It is a non-load-bearing wall, typically made of glass and metal, mounted in front of a structural frame. Curtain walls are hung from a building’s structure, rather than being part of the structure itself; their invention in the early 19th century (the Hallidie Building in San Francisco is considered the first example, dating to 1918) broke strongly from the traditional architectural expression of small windows in heavy walls. (Source)

These days, you can usually find curtain wall facades on office buildings.

For Young & Giroux, their focus on the glass curtain wall in this group of works exemplifies a tactic that has informed most of their practice. In isolating one element – here, the non-load-bearing building envelope that hangs like a curtain from a structural frame[1] – they undermine its functional logic, creating a sculptural form that participates simultaneously in separate and parallel conversations with the history of modern art.

Want to hear more? Daniel Young and Christian Giroux will be in the gallery tonight for a conversation with Diana Nemiroff, the exhibition’s curator. Join us!

Image: Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, “Camera Tracking a Spiral Drawn Between the Two Curved Twoers of Viljo Revell’s Toronto City Hall” (2010), 35mm film, cropped frame scan. Carleton University Art Gallery: Purchase, 2012, with the support of the Friends of the Gallery and the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program.


[1] Scott Murray, Contemporary Curtain Wall Architecture (New York: Princeton Architectural Press), 2009, p. 7 

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Collection Friday!
Sam Black, Cacophony, 1981. Woodcut on paper.
p.s. Would you take Flight 666 to HEL today?
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Canon EOS 30D
ISO
250
Aperture
f/5.6
Exposure
1/50th
Focal Length
51mm

Collection Friday!

Sam Black, Cacophony, 1981. Woodcut on paper.

p.s. Would you take Flight 666 to HEL today?

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Ottawa Art Scene: September 12 - 18

This week is PACKED with awesome visual arts festivals, openings, and screening (and I don’t just say that because CUAG has two events on the list). This city is heating up! You can check out a full list of exhibitions across the city here.

Tonight, you can head to the NGC for a very special Artist Talk with South African video artist Candice Breitz. Breitz, who has exhibited internationally (including a solo show at The Powerplant), is known her seemlessly edited videos that appropriate from Hollywood to reflect upon the cultural resonance of the mass media in relation to broader themes of identity, human subjectivity and psychology. The National Gallery will be showing Him & Her, which features Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, until the end of September. Definitely worth a look. 

Danny Hussey has opened a new art space in Chinatown, Central Art Garage. You can check out this gallery/studio/event space/framing shop on Friday night, at the vernissage for the inaugural exhibition, Oil/Change. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of this new addition to the Ottawa art scene.

Artengine’s annual festival of media arts, Electric Fields, is also this weekend. The program includes exciting collaborations, events, and workshops with some great artists, musicians, and filmmakers. This year, the festival is titled We make the city! and you might see some of their posters (designed by everyone!) on the streets of Ottawa.

On Monday evening, join us at CUAG for the opening reception for our fall exhibitions! Upstairs, Chicago-based photographer Laura Letinsky’s solo show, Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 presents stunning and haunting compositions, while downstairs, Young & Giroux examine Modern architecture with their exhibition Y & G #12 (curtain walls). We are also presenting a NEW experimental initiative called Carleton Curatorial Laboratory, where we hope to invite the members of the Carleton community to engage with our collections and exhibitions. First up, Art History Research Fellow Nathan Fils has curated a historical print show, The Nature of Beasts in 17th-century Prints. We are also launching our newest catalogue, ”Milutin Gubash”. Lots to see and celebrate!

The next evening, Daniel Young and Christian Giroux will be back in the gallery for a conversation with Diana Nemiroff about their exhibition. Expect lots of discussion on Modern architecture, and their shared interest in the production of space and the built environment. 

Also on Tuesday evening, Available Light Screening Collective and DAIMON will present FRENKEL DEFECTS, a short program of 16mm film works from the Process Reversal Collective and other artist-run film groups.

Have fun everyone!

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