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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Collection Friday!

Sam Black, Cacophony, 1981. Woodcut on paper.

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

6Collection Friday, collection, Sam Black, medium,

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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Snapped some shots of Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 and Y & G #12 (curtain walls), which are being installed in the gallery this week. See the exhibitions in their finished state on Monday, 16 September at our opening reception.
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Snapped some shots of Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 and Y & G #12 (curtain walls), which are being installed in the gallery this week. See the exhibitions in their finished state on Monday, 16 September at our opening reception.
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Snapped some shots of Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 and Y & G #12 (curtain walls), which are being installed in the gallery this week. See the exhibitions in their finished state on Monday, 16 September at our opening reception.
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Snapped some shots of Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 and Y & G #12 (curtain walls), which are being installed in the gallery this week. See the exhibitions in their finished state on Monday, 16 September at our opening reception.
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Snapped some shots of Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 and Y & G #12 (curtain walls), which are being installed in the gallery this week. See the exhibitions in their finished state on Monday, 16 September at our opening reception.
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Snapped some shots of Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 and Y & G #12 (curtain walls), which are being installed in the gallery this week. See the exhibitions in their finished state on Monday, 16 September at our opening reception.
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Snapped some shots of Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 and Y & G #12 (curtain walls), which are being installed in the gallery this week. See the exhibitions in their finished state on Monday, 16 September at our opening reception.
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Snapped some shots of Laura Letinsky: Still Life Photographs, 1997-2012 and Y & G #12 (curtain walls), which are being installed in the gallery this week. See the exhibitions in their finished state on Monday, 16 September at our opening reception.

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Heard about the IKEA Ottawa Student Madness event and couldn’t help posting some installation shots of Young & Giroux’s Boole sculptures, which are constructed from IKEA furniture. Read about the sculptures here.
You can see more of Young & Giroux’s work in our exhibition Y & G #12 (curtain walls), opening on September 16th. 
Images: Young & Giroux, ‘mao’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); arthur’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); bonsai’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); from Diaz Contemporary.
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Heard about the IKEA Ottawa Student Madness event and couldn’t help posting some installation shots of Young & Giroux’s Boole sculptures, which are constructed from IKEA furniture. Read about the sculptures here.
You can see more of Young & Giroux’s work in our exhibition Y & G #12 (curtain walls), opening on September 16th. 
Images: Young & Giroux, ‘mao’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); arthur’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); bonsai’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); from Diaz Contemporary.
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Heard about the IKEA Ottawa Student Madness event and couldn’t help posting some installation shots of Young & Giroux’s Boole sculptures, which are constructed from IKEA furniture. Read about the sculptures here.
You can see more of Young & Giroux’s work in our exhibition Y & G #12 (curtain walls), opening on September 16th. 
Images: Young & Giroux, ‘mao’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); arthur’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); bonsai’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); from Diaz Contemporary.
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Heard about the IKEA Ottawa Student Madness event and couldn’t help posting some installation shots of Young & Giroux’s Boole sculptures, which are constructed from IKEA furniture. Read about the sculptures here.

You can see more of Young & Giroux’s work in our exhibition Y & G #12 (curtain walls), opening on September 16th.


Images: Young & Giroux, ‘mao’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); arthur’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); bonsai’, 2008 (powder coated aluminum, ikea and components); from Diaz Contemporary.

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As our own MacOdrum Library enters the final stages of it’s renovation, here’s an important article on the continued value of libraries: “as community spaces, learning spaces, and reading spaces not in conflict with but embracing new technologies.”

hyperallergic:

The Ongoing Importance of Libraries

Interior plan for the new library of Birmigham (image via mecanoo.nl)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Take a…

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Source: hyperallergic

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#Ottarts: Candice Breitz - Meet the Artist
Berlin-based video artist Candice Breitz will be at the National Gallery of Canada this Thursday evening to speak about her artistic practice, and specifically about her installation Him + Her, which is now on display at the NGC.
Plucked from Streep’s vast filmography between 1978–2008, and Nicholson’s comprehensive cast of characters throughout his forty-year career to 2008, the clips presented in Him + Her were carefully edited and digitally stitched onto a neutral black screen from which the iconic actors deliver lines resonating with neurotic temperament. Breitz is recognized internationally for her videos that appropriate from Hollywood, Bollywood, MTV and other mainstream sources to reflect upon the cultural resonance of the mass media in relation to broader themes of identity, human subjectivity and psychology.
All the info here.
Image: Candice Breitz, Him + Her (detail), 2008. 14 channel digital video installation (ed. 1/6), Him: 28:50 minutes, Her: 23:56 minutes. Installation view: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: Jens Ziehe
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#Ottarts: Candice Breitz - Meet the Artist
Berlin-based video artist Candice Breitz will be at the National Gallery of Canada this Thursday evening to speak about her artistic practice, and specifically about her installation Him + Her, which is now on display at the NGC.
Plucked from Streep’s vast filmography between 1978–2008, and Nicholson’s comprehensive cast of characters throughout his forty-year career to 2008, the clips presented in Him + Her were carefully edited and digitally stitched onto a neutral black screen from which the iconic actors deliver lines resonating with neurotic temperament. Breitz is recognized internationally for her videos that appropriate from Hollywood, Bollywood, MTV and other mainstream sources to reflect upon the cultural resonance of the mass media in relation to broader themes of identity, human subjectivity and psychology.
All the info here.
Image: Candice Breitz, Him + Her (detail), 2008. 14 channel digital video installation (ed. 1/6), Him: 28:50 minutes, Her: 23:56 minutes. Installation view: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: Jens Ziehe
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#Ottarts: Candice Breitz - Meet the Artist

Berlin-based video artist Candice Breitz will be at the National Gallery of Canada this Thursday evening to speak about her artistic practice, and specifically about her installation Him + Her, which is now on display at the NGC.

Plucked from Streep’s vast filmography between 1978–2008, and Nicholson’s comprehensive cast of characters throughout his forty-year career to 2008, the clips presented in Him + Her were carefully edited and digitally stitched onto a neutral black screen from which the iconic actors deliver lines resonating with neurotic temperament. Breitz is recognized internationally for her videos that appropriate from Hollywood, Bollywood, MTV and other mainstream sources to reflect upon the cultural resonance of the mass media in relation to broader themes of identity, human subjectivity and psychology.

All the info here.

Image: Candice Breitz, Him + Her (detail), 2008. 14 channel digital video installation (ed. 1/6), Him: 28:50 minutes, Her: 23:56 minutes. Installation view: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: Jens Ziehe

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