October

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    Thanks to the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom for sharing this video of a group from Haida Gwaii performing a traditional dance to launch Emily Carr's first solo exhibition in the UK at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
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    SHOP | Happy Halloween from the NGC Bookstore and www.ShopNGC.ca!
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    Looking for plans for tonight? Admission to the Gallery is free from 5-8pm and you can see what all the buzz is about our Canadian Biennial: Shine a Light. Here's Apt613's review of the show to give you an idea of what to expect!
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    Here's Akimbo's take on our Canadian Biennial: Shine a Light. Have you seen the show yet? Did you feel that the works "encourage us as viewers to take a closer, harder look at the images that make up our world of appearances."?
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    New at NGC Magazine! Portal: Ai Weiwei Photography at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983–1993 is on view until November 30. http://ow.ly/D7bPH Ai Weiwei, Ai Weiwei: Williamsburg, Brooklyn (1983), inkjet on paper, 50.8 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, and Chambers Fine Art
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    Join us for special activities in honour of Remembrance Day. The Gallery will open at noon on November 11 and we will have special musical presentations by the Government of Canada’s Celebration and Commemoration Program and TD sponsored Odyssey Showcase’s The Dumbells, a revival of a vaudeville act from WWI. There will also be interpreters in our Great War exhibition ready to answer any questions you have. And finally, volunteers will facilitate conversations about artworks in the permanent collection relating to the theme of WWI. Details: http://www.gallery.ca/11nov/
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    For those interested in our Great War photography exhibition, we'd like to share a concert that the Cantata Singers of Ottawa will be having, entitled "In Pace". It will be a commemoration of the centenary of the beginning of WWI, including music of contemplation and loss due to war and will reflect on the impact war has had on those who survive. It will include the music of Distler, Hossfeld, Howells, Schutz and others. The concert is this Sunday November 2 at 3:00 pm at St Joseph's Church in Ottawa.
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    New at NGC Magazine! Shining the Light on Four Biennial Artists. Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 is on view at the NGC until 8 March 2015 in Contemporary Art Galleries. Article: http://ow.ly/D77vZ Exhibition: http://ow.ly/CKK5u Luke Parnell, A Brief History of Northwest Coast Design (2007), acrylic on wood, installation dimension variable. NGC. Courtesy of the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario. Photo: André Beneteau
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    Artist AA Bronson spent part of last week in the Gallery's Library looking through General Idea archives. We love having artists visit! http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artist.php?iartistid=10334
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    Look who took a spin in the BGL carousel sculpture, Canada de fantaisie/Canada Fancy - it's George Stroumboulopoulos! The carousel is currently on display at Toronto International Art Fair.
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    SHOP | Happy Birthday, Lawren Harris! (23 October 1885 - 29 January 1970). Find books, prints, and gifts featuring this great Canadian artist in the Bookstore and online at www.ShopNGC.ca.
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    New at NGC Magazine! Balancing Act: Sarah Thornton’s 33 Artists in 3 Acts. http://ow.ly/D6Pnk Sarah Thornton will be in conversation with Robert Enright on October 29 as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Tickets: http://ow.ly/D6RFo Photo © WW Norton
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    The Gallery will be open today, during our regular hours (10am - 8pm) and we have free admission from 5-8pm. We look forward to seeing you! http://www.gallery.ca/en/visit/hours.php
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    Due to the events on Parliament Hill this morning, for everyone’s safety, the Gallery – including the parking garage – has been locked to entry until further notice.
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    Charlie Hill spoke with the Ottawa Citizen about his time at the Gallery and the one work he'd want to take with him when he leaves.
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    New at NGC Magazine: Your Collection: Two Candlesticks (c. 1560–1580) by Jean de Court (active c. 1555–1585) http://ow.ly/CowF5 Jean de Court, Two Candlesticks (c. 1560–1580), enamel on copper, 25.4 x 19.1 cm each. NGC
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    If you're in Toronto, make sure to head to the Ryerson Image Centre to see DISPATCH: War Photographs in Print, 1854–2008. It has similar themes to our Great War exhibition, looking at the production of war photographs, the role of photojournalists, and their collaboration with picture editors in the press. The show is on until December 7. http://ryerson.ca/ric/exhibitions/Dispatch.html
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    The National Gallery of Canada's new exhibition Shine a Light includes some great Vancouver (and former Vancouver) artists, congratulations to all!
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    The true north strong and fresh: The Canadian Biennial gets a rave review from the The Globe and Mail. Come see the show which is on until March 2015.
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    Music in the Galleries 3pm on Sunday October 19 with Jesse Stewart in B207. Juno award-winning composer/percussionist/performance artist Jesse Stewart will perform a concert of original music in conjunction with Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 exhibition. Combining percussion with a variety of cutting-edge electronic musical instruments, the performance will weave a unique tapestry of musical sound as a counterpoint to the gallery’s exhibition of recent acquisitions of Canadian art. http://www.jessestewart.ca/home.html Photo by Michele McMillan
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    If you need some extra incentive to come see the Canadian Biennial, here is Peter Simpson's review of the show for the Ottawa Citizen.
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    Reminder: come Meet the Artists this afternoon at 1pm. David Hartt, Philippa Jones, Luke Parnell, and Jeremy Shaw will be speaking about their works in the Canadian Biennial. http://ow.ly/CNhkE
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    Curious about contemporary art made in Ottawa? Ottawa Magazine's Paul Gessell's review of the National Gallery of Canada's biennial highlights former Ottawa-based artist Howie Tsui, among others from our fair city. Take a look!
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    Meet the Artist Geoffrey Farmer today at noon, as he speaks about his monumental installation Leaves of Grass (2012). http://ow.ly/CKK5u #repost from @pollumajandustooja Geoffrey Farmer, Leaves of Grass (2012), cut-out images from Life magazines (1935–85), archival glue, miscanthus grass, floral foam and wooden table, installation dimensions variable. NGC. Photo: Geoffrey Farmer
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    Reminder: Join us tonight at 6pm for the opening of Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014.
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    New at NGC Magazine! Past, Present, and Future: Anishinaabe Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes is on view at the AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario until November 25. http://ow.ly/CosEk Robert Houle (Saulteaux), b. 1947, Parfleche for Norval Morrisseau, 1999, oil on canvas, 100 x 50 cm. National Museum of the American Indian
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    Take the pulse of contemporary art in Canada with Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014! Join us on Thursday October 16 at 6pm for the opening and come back on Friday and Saturday to Meet the Artists. Friday October 17 at noon: Meet Geoffrey Farmer. Saturday October 18 at 1pm: Meet David Hartt, Philippa Jones, Luke Parnell, and Jeremy Shaw. http://ow.ly/CNhkE
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    New at NGC Magazine! Terence Gower: Juxtaposing Modernism and the Shadow Economy. SuperPuesto is on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts until November 16, 2014. Beyond the Supersquare is on view until January 11, 2015. http://ow.ly/C7i1b Terence Gower, SuperPuesto, a temporary public pavilion by Terence Gower commissioned by the Bronx Museum of the Arts, July 17 to November 16, 2014. Photo: Nina Robinson
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    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks to all of you for following us and allowing us to be a part of your online community! We are open today and tomorrow – why not nurse your turkey hangover by looking at some beautiful art? Thanksgiving, Oceanside, c. 1905-1909 Gertrude Käsebier American, 1852 - 1934 platinum print, heightened with watercolour 11.2 x 21.4 cm Purchased 1986 National Gallery of Canada (no. 28987)
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    Curator of Canadian Art, Charlie Hill will be on CBC Ottawa's All in a Day today at 4:40 talking about his retirement from the NGC after 42 years. Tune in on the radio, or online. http://www.cbc.ca/allinaday/
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    New at NGC Magazine! Making the Scene: Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne. Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne is on view at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton until November 16, — the exhibition’s only Canadian venue. Article: http://ow.ly/C74wq Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, The Troupe of Mlle Eglantine (c.1896), colour lithograph, 61 x 79 cm. Gemeentemusem, The Hague
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    Bittersweet indeed. We are sad to see Charlie Hill leave the Gallery but eternally grateful for all he has done for the country through his dedication to and passion for Canadian art. Thank you, Charlie!
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    New at NGC Magazine! An Interview with Liz Magor. Article: http://ow.ly/BeNsx Liz Magor in the national collection: http://ow.ly/BeOuz Liz Magor, Time and Mrs. Tiber (1976), wooden shelf with jars of preserves, recipe box, forks, glass tops, rubber sealers, metal lids, cardboard boxes, enamel cup, tin can, 214.6 x 90.5 x 32.4 cm. Collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver
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    Maman after the rain!
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    We're excited to "see" you all at the Alex Colville show when it's at the NGC from April 24 to September 7 2015.
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    If you're looking for some great art exhibits to check out in town, look no further. Spend your day at the National Gallery of Canada indulging in art then stop by Moscow Tea Room for a drink or two during #MadMen Weekdays. For reservations, visit www.moscowtearoom.com
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    New at NGC Magazine! Dematerialization of the Art Gallery. Mark Soo: House is a Feeling and TBD are both on view at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto until October 26. http://ow.ly/C5bw6 Photo © MOCCA, 2014
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    REMINDER: Free lecture this afternoon at 2pm.
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    Does today's Google Doodle look familiar? http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artwork.php?mkey=19721
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    New at NGC Magazine! The Proust Questionnaire: Rita Letendre http://ow.ly/BeQHu Photo © Annelies Vogel, 2013
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    Free Lecture Saturday 4 October at 2 pm. Lens above Lens: The Development & Use of Aerial Photography in WWI, by Gordon Beck, Map Specialist, McMaster University Library. In English with simultaneous translation and bilingual question period. Lecture Hall. http://ow.ly/BStQM Unidentified photographer, Lens Sector, February and May 1917, gelatin silver print, 44 × 58 cm. George Metcalf Archival Collection, Canadian War Museum (CWM 19940001-427).
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    The first ever #WorldBalletDay seemed like a great opportunity to share two of Degas' Dancers with you. Dancers at the Bar, c. 1900 Edgar Degas French, 1834 - 1917 charcoal and pastel on tracing paper, laid down on cardboard 111.2 x 95.6 cm Purchased 1921 National Gallery of Canada (no. 1826)

September

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    Chris Henderson of Aboriginal Power is now being interviewed on CBC Radio's All In A Day. You can see him speak live tomorrow at Suncor Presents The Walrus Talks Energy in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada. Tickets are still available!
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    The Varley sends congratulations to Katerina Atanassova on being appointed the new curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada! Atanassova has formerly worked at the Varley as curator. Among her exhibitions, she has notably orchestrated a beautiful collection titled "F.H. Varley: Portraits into the Light." We are proud of all her accomplishments and know that the National Gallery of Canada is in good hands. Congrats Katerina!
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    SHOP | Make your feet a masterpiece. Art socks are now available at the Bookstore and online at www.ShopNGC.ca.
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    New at NGC Magazine! Fantastical Objects at the Walter Phillips Gallery. Be Mysterious is on view at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the The Banff Centre, Alberta, until October 19. http://ow.ly/BPJuO Detail exhibition view of Be Mysterious, clockwise from the centre, Brent Wadden, Keystone XL rag rug, (2014), 91.4 x 1097.3 cm, cotton; Alex Morrison, DunLurnin, DunCairin, DunLivin, (2014), dimensions variable, MDF, clay, light bulb, acrylic paint; Joo Choon Lin, I Only Make Friends With Money, 2013 (remade 2014), 123 (diameter) x 72 cm, synthetic goo, wood, cement. Courtesy of the artists, Perez Projects, Berlin; National Arts Council Singapore, and Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre. Photo: Rita Taylor
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    Don't forget: free admission all day today for Culture Days | Fête de la culture!
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    REMINDER: Free lecture tomorrow at 2pm

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