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The Art Gallery of Windsor presents three new exhibitions this summer

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Arthur Leipzig, Opening Night at the Opera, New York, 1945;
gelatin silver print; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa;
© Arthur Leipzig/Courtesy Howard
Greenberg

Fridays Live! June 22, 7 – 10pm

Opening reception for summer 2012 exhibitions.
Mingle with artists and curators, enjoy live music, studio activities and a cash bar.

Admissions $7, free for AGW members and children 12 years and under.

Made in America: 1900–1950: Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

This exhibition includes stunning works by Edward Steichen, Clarence White, Gertrude Käsebier, and Alfred Stieglitz as well as renowned Pictorialists, all of whom were adapting the processes and techniques of photography to what they considered to be more expressive and artistic ends, proving that the medium could compete with painting and traditional printmaking. By the 1930s, a new aesthetic known as straight photography had taken hold, as had the more precisionist photography that rejected soft focus and painterly properties for crisp clean lines. This can be seen in the work of Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Barbara Morgan, and Imogen Cunningham. Made in America: Photographs 1900–1950, curated by Ann Thomas, Curator, Photographs, is the fourth in a series of exhibitions and catalogues that bring the National Gallery's outstanding collection of international photographs to the public. Made in America: 1900–1950: Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada is presented at the AGW with the support of The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation.

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Phil Bergerson: Shards of America
AGW is proud to present a selection of photographs from Phil Bergerson's ongoing project titled Shards of America that explores the culture of the United State through extensive travels through southern Ontario and across the United States, visiting cities both small and large. The resulting photographs capture the cultural detritus of everyday life, and the pastiche of remnants left over from generations past. This territory has been explored by numerous photographers, but rarely with such unabashed joy as Bergerson injects into his images. His viewpoint is never condescending, but instead captures the beauty of these 'organic' installations, small moments that have been created through a mixture of human intent, nature's intervention, and time, and realized through Bergerson's lens present a timely visit to the complexities that make up contemporary American society.

Two Women's Views on the War of 1812: Catherine Reynolds and Joyce Wieland
In histories of art and war, the experiences of women have tended to be overlooked and thus this exhibition illustrates how gender has shaped the writing of history. The early 19th century painter Catherine Reynolds lived through the war of 1812 in Amherstburg, Ontario yet her paintings imagine another world far away from the war experience. By contrast, the mid-20th century artist Joyce Wieland returned to the subject a century-and-a-half later to re-enact Laura Secord's historic trek to inform British officials of a planned attack by Americans. Despite their differing interpretations both artists asserted two important viewpoints on and of wartime that enabled wider recognitions of women's experiences and histories.

Summer exhibitions on view until September 2, 2012.
Curators are available for interviews.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

June 21, 7 – 11 pm: Preview Tour and Cocktail Party for "Made in America"
Be the first to see Made in America: 1900-1950, Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada; NGC curator Ann Thomas will lead the tour. Spend a lovely summer evening on our third floor terraces while indulging the great views inside and out. To order tickets by phone, contact JoAnne Fletcher, 519-977-0013 ext. 133

June 22, 7 – 10 pm: Fridays Live! opening Reception for summer exhibitions
Enjoy live music, chatting with artists and curators, a cash bar and an exciting studio workshop. Admission $7, free for AGW members and children under 12.

June 23, 2 – 4 pm: Looking Through Old Photos: A Panel Discussion on Photography
A panel discussion about 20th century photography with Ann Thomas, National Gallery of Canada and curator of Made in America: Photographs 1900-1950 from the National Gallery, Nancy Barr, Detroit Institute of Arts, Chris Edwards, Walkerville Publishing, Brenda Pelkey, University of Windsor, Kenneth Montague, Wedge Curatorial Projects and Phil Bergerson, artist.

July 19, 12 – 1 pm: Director's Lunchtime Tour

Tour Made in America and Two Women's Views on teh Catherine Reynolds and Joyce Wieland with Catharine Mastin.

July 19, 5 – 7 pm: Thursday Art Lounge

Join us for an exhibition tour and live music after work.

August 16, 5 – 7 pm: Thursday Art Lounge
Join us for an exhibition tour and live music after work.

Other ongoing programs:

Sundays in the Studio every Sunday 12:30 – 2 pm
Free Public Tours Wednesdays at noon, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm

To find our Education programs please click on Art Discovery Programs and registration form. Registration is required 2 weeks in advance for all programs. For more information or to register, contact Mary Anne VanWatteghem at 519-977-0013 ext. 103 or maryannev@agw.ca, or visit www.agw.ca.

Please subscribe to: get connected to receive AGW program updates.

For more information about the exhibitions, contact: Nicole McCabe, nmccabe@agw.ca 519-977-0013 ext. 134

The Art Gallery of Windsor, 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON N9A 7J1 www.agw.ca


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