CUAG opens new exhibition with an eye on its 25th anniversary

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) unveiled its new exhibition, Open Edition, curated by Heather Anderson and Sandra Dyck with special help from Diana Hiebert, on June 5. This exhibit is important for Carleton’s history—it marks the gallery’s 25th opening anniversary, and it honours Carleton’s 75th anniversary. Open Edition focuses largely on prints from several featured Canadian artists, as well as an array of older prints within the collection. “We chose to focus on the collection to celebrate because the collection majorly  defines what the gallery is. And printmaking has always been a big part of the collection from the earliest days—before there was a gallery,” Anderson said. CUAG has a known history for printmaking. When it was established in […]

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Carleton remembers Annie Pootoogook

Annie Pootoogook, a Canadian Inuit artist, was found dead in the Rideau River on Sept. 19. Pootoogook was a renowned artist, using techniques involving pen, ink, and crayon. She was known for the honest and sincere depictions she created of Inuit culture. Born in Cape Dorset in 1969 to a family of artists, Pootoogook moved to Ottawa in 2007 after her rise to Canadian fame in 2006. Her breakthrough was marked by winning the $50,000 Sobey Art Award. While her artwork was being exhibited in numerous galleries, she became the first Inuit artist to participate in Germany’s Documenta in 2006. She also had a solo exhibit in The National Museum of the American Indian from 2009 to 2010. In the […]

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Carleton’s art gallery launches fall exhibitions (SLIDESHOW)

The Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) launched four new fall exhibitions on Sept. 12. The exhibitions are We Are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996), TRANSACTIONS, Patricia Reed: The One and the Many and genderhow? All four exhibitions have common themes of identity and belonging. “One of the common threads throughout all the exhibitions is the idea of the categories that are imposed upon us, but also categories that we self-identify with,” said Heather Anderson, curator at CUAG. “Of course, there’s pervasive categories like gender, sexuality, race, and citizenship, but throughout the exhibitions, there’s ideas of how you create a sense of belonging.” The exhibition opening party received a turnout of about 200 […]

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CUAG wraps up summer exhibitions

Meryl McMaster, Maura Doyle, and Adrian Göllner enter their final week on display alongside a collection of Inuit art at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) summer exhibition, open until Aug. 28. McMaster’s journey of identity through her photography titled Confluence, Doyle’s collection of contemporary works of pottery, and Göllner’s Masters of Fine Arts’s thesis on capturing time in material form are all on display at the gallery. According to Heather Anderson, the CUAG curator, Doyle’s work is looking at different possibilities for the self in terms of how we might imagine ourselves if we could reinvent our history or sever our ties to people’s expectations. “In each case in this series it’s very apparent how with her use of […]

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CUAG opening three new exhibitions in January

Carol Sawyer’s solo exhibition The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, curated by Heather Anderson, is one of three new exhibitions opening at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) Jan. 18, along with Mathew Reichertz’s Garbage, and the group exhibition Continuum: Abstraction in Contemporary Indigenous Art. The upcoming exhibitions curated by Heather Anderson, Robin Metcalfe, and Wahsontiio Cross feature works from artists Robert Houle, Rita Letendre, Helen Wassegijig, Lance Belanger, and Alex Janvier. The Natalie Brettschneider Archive narrates the life of a fictional artist and performer named Natalie Brettschneider, which Sawyer has staged since 1998. “I am intrigued by Carol Sawyer’s ongoing, self-reflective project of ‘uncovering’ Natalie Brettschneider’s life and performance work,” Anderson said. “She also includes historical documents that she has uncovered […]

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