Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Upcoming Exhibitions

Making Radio Space in 1930s Canada

Curated by Michael Windover and Anne MacLennan

27 February – 07 May 2017

As radio entered homes and became an increasingly important component of Canadian society, it affected not only the soundscape of everyday life but had spatial consequences. By looking at the visual and material culture of radio in 1930s Canada, this exhibition offers a new way to think about a medium closely associated with twentieth-century modernity.

This exhibition focuses on how radio created or altered concepts of space in the 1930s. Expensive consoles and cheaper tabletop models joined furniture in the living room, affecting interior design while providing access to the wider world with the turn of a dial. The new electronic medium remapped space, simultaneously situating listeners within regions and linking them to far-flung locations. And with the development of portable and automobile radios, as well as high-power transmission stations, Canadians could remain connected while travelling through space. Making Radio Space is part of a larger research project, Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956, led by Anne MacLennan (York University) and Michael Windover (Carleton University).

Outside These Walls: Photographs by Yannick Anton and David Ofori Zapparoli

Curated by Pamela Edmonds

27 February – 07 May 2017

This exhibition brings together photographic works by Toronto-based artists Yannick Anton and David Ofori Zapparoli whose respective imagery shares a community-focused and collaborative approach to documenting urban life and its people. Informed by a strong social realist approach, Zapparoli has represented the visual history of Canadian cities for over thirty years. Until 1999, he had focused on the public housing development of Regent Park, putting a human face on the stigmatized and transitional community of which he had been a part of since his teens. Anton’s candid and energetic photographs draw stylistic inspiration from the youthful, street, fashion, music, and queer-positive cultures that he captures. Together both artists’ compelling works present unique and unapologetic insights into diverse landscapes and lives, addressing the systemic barriers that they expose and refute, while re-imagining regimes of the image away from fixed inscriptions of race, gender, class, and corporeality.

The Other NFB: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division, 1941-1971

Curated by Carol Payne and Sandra Dyck

27 February – 07 May 2017

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has long been acclaimed for its films, but few Canadians know that during a pivotal period in the country’s history, the NFB also functioned as the country’s official photographer. The NFB’s Still Division photographers travelled across Canada, making images that were reproduced in newspapers, magazines, books, filmstrips, and exhibitions.

The Other NFB looks at how this agency imagined Canada and its identity, what role photographs played in that imagining, and how the photographic archive has been used. The NFB aspired not just to present an image of the country, but the image. As a result, the NFB is unique in the history of Canadian visual culture as a conveyor of governmental values and programs in photographic form.