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

Bill Vazan: Cosmological Shadows

Ottawa, Canada - May 16, 2003


 Bill Vazan. Ombres cosmologiques 
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is proud to present the exhibition Bill Vazan: Cosmological Shadows from May 17 to September 7. The exhibition features some thirty fascinating works including a number of dramatic photo-montages of Egyptian temples and Quebec's Mingan Islands. The Montreal artist is one of Canada's leading proponents of "Land Art".

For over forty years, Bill Vazan has drawn, painted, sculpted and photographed the earth's environment with the object of capturing in visible form the power it radiates. His most recent project, photographed in Quebec and in Egypt in 2001-02, invites the viewer to examine two vastly different geographical realities: the world of water and the world of sand, a wet environment and vast stretches of desert, visible signs of omnipresent natural forces and memories of a dazzling civilization. In these unexpected juxtapositions, we see the shadows of the cosmos.

The exhibition Bill Vazan: Cosmological Shadows is organized and circulated by the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography wishes to thank its media sponsors Voir and Xpress for their support for the exhibition.

An exhibition catalogue edited by Michel Martin, exhibition curator, is available at the Museum Bookstore at a cost of $19.95

The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the National Gallery of Canada are proud to present the Ottawa premiere of the NFB film Hubert Reeves: Star Teller, on Saturday, May 24, at 1:00 p.m. The film explores some of the scientific developments that underlie the works in the exhibition. The screening will be followed by a question period with Hubert Reeves and the film's director, Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and full-time students and $3 for Friends. Admission is free for those under 18. The event will take place in the National Gallery of Canada auditorium.

On Sunday, July 6, families can come to Major's Hill Park to create a work of land art with Oregon artist Daniel Dancer: Together participants will use their bodies to make a Land Art work in the shape of a giant hummingbird. In the afternoon, participants can paint a tee-shirt as a souvenir of their experience of community art. The bilingual event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per family. Pre-registration is recommended for both these activities. Please call 998-8888.

Shelley Niro
The exhibition Shelley Niro: This Land is Mime Land may also be seen from May 8 to September 1. This Mohawk artist from the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford challenges the stereotypical images of her people. Niro uses a number of people, friends and family members as well as herself to show the influence of western cultural values on Aboriginal peoples. An irrepressible sense of humour permeates this sequence of twelve panels exploring the question of identity.


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