Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Diverse, Exciting Approaches featured in CMCP'S new Exhibitions

Ottawa, Canada - January 11, 2001


 Innovation et diversité à l'honneur dans les nouvelles expositions du MCPC  
On 20 January, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography will launch a new set of programming that highlights its diverse collection. A group exhibition and three portfolios draw almost exclusively from works that have been acquired by CMCP in the past decade.

The exhibition Evoking Place presents exciting approaches to depicting place, in which fact mixes with metaphor and history with fantasy. The exhibition brings together the work of Canadian artists April Hickox, Lorna Brown, Katherine Knight and Brenda Pelkey.

April Hickox takes her daughter as her subject in the series Voice. In this group of black and white photographs, the child, the mother, landscape and memories are intricately linked as Hickox explores the relationship between place and personal and collective histories. Lorna Brown's installation Measure, depicts the effects of a mentally disabled woman's pregnancy on the residents of a small town. The piece reveals the social fabric of the town and its mores, as well as indicating how cultural values imbedded in language affect ideas of class and gender. Katherine Knight's installation of black and white photographs, entitled Marguerite, evokes seventeenth-century New France through an intricate fictional account of the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founding saint of the Soeurs de la Congrégation de Notre-Dame. Brenda Pelkey's series as if there were grace combines terse unsettling narratives with colour images of dark floodlit forests. The text is taken from conversations the artist has had with friends and strangers; as fragments their meaning is elusive and disquieting. The images depict the cultural and emotional values invested in the land; as dark, strange places, forests represent the unknown, repressed and feared part of the human psyche.

Concurrently with Evoking Place, three solo portfolios from the collection will be on view at CMCP. The Bathers, by Ruth Kaplan, presents healing baths from California to Eastern Europe and the traditional rituals associated with them. The portfolio Engineering the Picturesque: The Landscapes of Olmsted, is comprised of Robert Burley's gorgeous colour photographs of North America's most beautiful city parks, designed by 19th century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The Chernobyl Evacuation Zone portfolio, by David McMillan, documents the "zone", or the area most affected by the fallout of radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The photographs reveal the traces of human presence that remain years after the nuclear disaster, and the ongoing deterioration of the area as nature slowly infiltrates cities and towns.

Evoking Place and the three portfolios will all be on view from 20 January to 16 April 2001. Admission to the exhibitions is free.

Exhibition-related activities:
Meet the curator: Sunday 18 February at 2 pm. Visit Evoking Place with CMCP curator Andrea Kunard. In English, with bilingual question period. Free.

Guided tour:
Sunday 18 March at 2 pm. Tour Evoking Place with local artist and educator-guide Thomas Grondin. In French, with bilingual question period. Free.

Public Tours:
Offered free of charge. Thursdays and Sundays at 12 pm (in English) and 2 pm (in French), except 11 and 18 February and 11 March.

Coming Soon: 21 April - 8 July 2001
Larry Towell: Projects 1985-2000
Larry Towell's photojournalism is remarkable both for its photographic excellence and for his intense commitment to his work. This exhibit features three outstanding collections on current subjects: Central America, particularly El Salvador; Palestine; and Mennonite seasonal workers.

Diana Thorneycroft: The Body, Its Lesson and Camouflage
Considered one of the most challenging of contemporary image makers, Diana Thorneycroft creates provocative and often disturbing photographs that explore sexuality and memory, and the social, cultural and familial forces that form our sense of identity and understanding of the world.

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