Works by Governor General's Award Winners on Display at the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada - March 16, 2001
« Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada rend hommage aux lauréats des Prix du Gouverneur général »
Today, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the names of the seven laureates of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts for the year 2001. To celebrate the laureates' achievements, the National Gallery of Canada is pleased to present a special exhibition of works from its permanent collection on view in the Contemporary Art Galleries, from 21 March to 21 May 2001. Admission is free.
A media preview will take place on Wednesday 21 March from 10 am to 12 noon. Kitty Scott, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada, will be available for interviews.
Tom Dean's Excerpts from a Description of the Universe III (1987) is a segment of an ambitious sculptural project. Many small artist-made objects, such as tiny crawling babies, and shapes that look like French horns and teapots, are grouped together and displayed on black tables. A notion of time and ensuing change becomes visibly tangible as the artifacts seem to transform, caught in a corridor of semblance as they morph from one familiar object to another.
Liz Magor's Production (1980) is the record of a process, an outcome of the interaction between what is individual and subjective, and at the same time what is mechanical and impersonal. A wall of thousands of newspaper bricks is displayed along with the wooden mechanical device used to produce it. Liz Magor's more recent work - meticulously detailed sculptures that take the form of tree trunks, hollow logs and stone cairns - can also be seen in the Gallery's Elusive Paradise exhibition.
Jamelie Hassan's installation, Boutros Al Armenian / Mediterranean (1997), is broadly based on what cultural theorist Homi Bhabha calls the "third space" of intersecting cultures - how an immigrant or migrant culture manages to co-exist with a dominant culture by transforming into a new culture. Hassan's personal interest in such intersections stems from her own life experience as the daughter of Lebanese parents, born and raised in Canada.
The exhibition also honours the other recipients - architect Douglas Cardinal, stained glass artist Russell Goodman and philanthropist Joan Chalmers - with texts. In cooperation with the National Film Board, the Gallery will also show two films by the internationally-renowned documentary film maker Alanis Obomsawin in the Lecture Hall. Her film Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance will be shown on Thursday 22 March at 11 am and Sunday 25 March at 2 pm. Rocks at Whiskey Trench will be shown on Thursday 29 March at 6 pm and Sunday 1 April at 2 pm.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, will officially open the exhibition in the National Gallery of Canada's Great Hall on Thursday 22 March from 10 am to 12 noon. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free.
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