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

The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography launches three new exhibitions

Ottawa, Canada - January 24, 2002


 Le Musée canadien de la photographie contemporaine inaugure trois nouvelles expositions 
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) announces the launch of three new exhibitions whose photographs depict modernism in different forms. On view from January 25 to April 7 2002, Bringing to Order: Form and Expression in Canadian Photographic Practice, Displacement and Encounter: Projects and Utopias and Peter Pitseolak, Inuit Photographer are presented in the Museum's newly renovated galleries.

Bringing to Order: Form and Expression in Canadian Photographic Practice
This exhibition explores ideas of modernism in Canadian photography and how artists have used the camera to frame, and thus order, reality. As a construction, the image can express a variety of concerns. It can represent a lyrical or poetic interpretation of existence. It can also be used to pursue more philosophical inquiries into the nature of vision. Drawing on works from the early 1970s to the present, this show focuses on some of the ways Canadian photographers have explored these ideas, and the rich visual legacy that has resulted from their inquiries.

Displacement and Encounter: Projects and Utopias
This exhibition of colour photographs by Canadian artist Arni Haraldsson and Cuban artist Manuel Piña presents two separate but interrelated series of images that engage public space, utopias, memory, and history. These photographs do not set out to directly document a sense of place, but rather to uncover material traces and spatial dialogues within the urban landscape. Arni Haraldsson's focus is Paris, and Manuel Piña's, Havana.

Peter Pitseolak, Inuit Photographer
This exhibit presents a rare glimpse into the life of the Inuit in the early 1940s. Pitseolak's images of his family and friends in the northern community of Cape Dorset depict aspects of traditional Inuit culture that would radically change in the coming decades. The photographs in this sense are a mixture of the old and new, traditional and modern. They display not simply a vanished lifestyle, but the fortitude of a community undergoing numerous and sometimes drastic changes in a very short period of time.

About CMCP
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography is committed to showcasing the work of Canada's most dynamic photographers. CMCP exhibits its diverse collection (over 160,000 works) both in Canada and world-wide through travelling exhibitions, education programs, award-winning publications, a website, and through exhibitions at its galleries in downtown Ottawa. The museum is located at 1 Rideau Canal, between the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel and the locks of the Rideau Canal. The CMCP is an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada.

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