Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Upcoming Exhibitions

To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive

Curated by Cara Tierney and Anna Shah Hoque

16 September – 12 December 2020

To Be Continued: Troubling the Queer Archive looks at local histories and genealogies of queerness. The exhibition showcases the work of emerging and established QTIBPOC artists, countering the dominance of white queer histories. It also reflects on the moments, spaces and people that constitute the existing archive, while addressing its gaps and omissions.

To Be Continued features the work of Barry Ace, Howard Adler, Aymara Alvarado-Sanchez, Pansee Atta, Rosalie Favell, Ashley Grenstone, Donald Kwan, Ed Kwan (AKA China Doll), Kole Peplinskie, Adrienne Row-Smith, as well as the community group Pride Is Political and the hub that is Shanghai Restaurant.

To Be Continued is amplified by a dynamic series of public discussions and events. The exhibition and public programs together generate and disseminate new artworks, new stories and new histories. For co-curators Cara Tierney and Anna Shah Hoque, as for the artists, this work is always in progress.

CUAG acknowledges with sincere gratitude the support of the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts, which promotes education in the visual arts and fosters the public’s appreciation of the visual arts. 

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: I Don’t Know Where Paradise Is

Curated by Heather Anderson

16 September – 12 December 2020

In I Don’t Know Where Paradise Is, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay mediates encounters with figures, knowledge and feelings from the queer past, distilled through his research in the private libraries of gay scholars and artists in Europe and Canada, with a focus on the Amsterdam home and library of Gert Hekma and Mattias Duyves.

Each visitor—whether at CUAG or remotely—is offered a listening experience via a randomized, hour-long audio composition, on a dedicated web site and mobile app. The voices of Nemerofsky and a chorus of other narrators accompany listeners through a labyrinth of books, objects, plants, characters and ideas found in these libraries.

Plans for the exhibition have shifted due to the pandemic. Each week, the Paris-based Nemerofsky will create and release online a floral sculpture that corresponds with a chapter of his audio composition. Here in Ottawa, members of the Queer community will respond in turn to the audio work, collaborating with a local florist to create a flower arrangement for CUAG.

This exhibition activates and deepens recurring elements in Nemerofsky’s practice, including touching across time and space and the activation of networks of queer kinship. These gestures, and the emotions they foster, take on additional layers of meaning in this time of physical distancing.

Carleton Curatorial Laboratory (CCL): Family Matters

Curated by Kendra Anderson, Patricia Berubé, Shaney Kille, Cynthia Morawski, Phoebe Sampey and Rebecca Watson

27 January – 15 May 2021

Family Matters explores the many ways that artists approach and represent ideas of connectedness, kinship, community and belonging. It brings together a compelling range of prints, drawings, photographs and paintings, dating from the mid-1800s to today, selected from CUAG’s collection. These works variously depict tender moments, document public and private spaces, index the everyday, and explore familial roles and relationships.

The artists featured in the exhibition are: Evergon, George Hawken, Suzy Lake, Jane Martin, David Neel, Leslie Reid, Michael Schreier and Jeff Thomas, as well as 19th-century photographs whose names were not recorded. Family Matters was curated by the graduate art history students enrolled in CURA 5001, a curatorial studies seminar taught by Professor Stéphane Roy.

Laura Taler: THREE SONGS

Curated by Heather Anderson

27 January – 15 May 2021

In an ambitious spatial video installation, Laura Taler grapples with questions raised by experiences of migration. In Song #1, we find Taler in a German forest, singing a Romanian folk song. In Song #2, she sings a score for an Argentinean tango at her late grandmother’s house in Romania. Song #3 is set at Berlin’s historic Theater im Delphi and at Gipsformerei—one of the world’s largest plaster cast replica workshops. Here, Taler sings a Yiddish song describing a bygone era of food, wine and celebration.

Catalyzed by the artist’s past and by the current refugee crisis, THREE SONGS explores questions of what it is to be “foreign” and of language, untranslatability, loss, mourning and the reshaping of identity. How does one make a home in a different place, come to terms with what has been left behind, and imagine and create new futures?

Born and raised in Romania, Laura Taler moved with her family to Italy, and then to Canada. She is now an internationally renowned choreographer, filmmaker and artist, based in Ottawa.

Steve Giasson as Others / Steve Giasson comme les autres

Curated by Jean-Michel Quirion

27 January – 15 May 2021

Steve Giasson’s conceptual work builds on pre-existing artworks, appropriating them in order to undermine his position as “author.”
The exhibition Steve Giasson as Others / Steve Giasson comme les autres reflects on works by conceptual and pop artists such as Suzy Lake, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Luigi Ontani, Cindy Sherman, Haim Steinbach, Andy Warhol and William Wegman. During their careers, these artists have (re)presented themselves costumed, masked or made up, adopting postures that are both humorous and critical of their place within their work—and of society.
Gathering (self-) portraits made by these artists, Giasson reactivates them, using disguises and accessories to question and recombine their works with his own, thus blurring authorship in the creation of new photographs. In so doing, Giasson presents some of the myths that still shape the figure of the artist (whether chimerical, clownesque, glorious, heroic, monstrous, political, sanctified, etc.) and proposes layered self-portraits that exist in relation to those of other artists.