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    Family Activities Look up at the sky on a starry night. What do you see? Create a skyscape using crayons or pastels on black paper. We’d love to see your creations, so snap photos of your work and share them with us on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NGCFamily.
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    The Gustave Doré exhibition is only up until September 14, but you can buy the catalogue and have it forever! Available in our bookstore and online: http://bit.ly/1mb6MuQ
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    New at NGC Magazine! Impressions of Home: Rockwell Kent and Pam Hall at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. Pam Hall: HouseWork(s) is on view at The Rooms in St. John’s, Newfoundland until September 7 while Pointed North: Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland & Labrador runs until September 21. http://ow.ly/Af481 Rockwell Kent (American, 1882–1971), The House of Dread (c. 1914–17), oil on canvas. Courtesy Plattsburgh State Art Museum, SUNY Plattsburgh, NY, USA. Rockwell Kent Collection, Gift of Sally Kent Gorton, X1978.1.8. Reproduced courtesy of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, SUNY Plattsburgh, NY, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. All rights reserved
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    It’s our last Gustave Doré film screening this Thursday! Come and see the influence Doré had on filmmakers. This Thursday August 21 at 6pm, come see Beauty and the Beast, 1946 (Lopert Pictures); Directed by Jean Cocteau. In French with English subtitles. In the Lecture Hall. Free admission. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N6Nmf-tVDo
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    Do you have budding artists in your house? Bring them to Artissimo! There are lots of activities to do, like taking an Art Buddy on an adventure through the Gallery. On daily during the summer from 11am until 4pm. http://www.gallery.ca/en/learn/artissimo.php
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    New at NGC Magazine! Cynthia Girard: Unicorns and Dictators at the Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery. Cynthia Girard: Unicorns and Dictators and Beth Stuart: Doubting Thomas are on view at the Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery in Calgary until September 7. http://ow.ly/Af33U Cynthia Girard, Fraternité (2013), acrylic on linen, 150 x 180 cm. Photo: Guy L'Heureux
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    This afternoon: Doré Film Series. This afternoon at 2pm we’re showing Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist (2005) in the Lecture Hall. See Gustave Doré's influence on the filmmaker! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIWmYGxd2AY
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    Did you know that some artists use natural materials like rocks and branches to make outdoor art? It’s called Land Art. Make your own Land Art by creating designs out of stones, twigs, and leaves on a patio, in a sandbox, or on the grass.
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    New at NGC Magazine! Playing Favourites: The Grace of a Gesture. The Grace of a Gesture: Fifty Years of Gifts is on view at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal until September 7. http://ow.ly/A4aoQ Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Pulse Room (detail), 2006, 300 incandescent light bulbs, voltage controllers, computer, wiring, heart rate sensors and metal sculpture, 1/1, 13 x 10 x 10 m (variable dimensions according to exhibition venue). Anonymous gift. Collection of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Shown here: Fábrica La Constancia, Plataforma, Puebla, México, 2008. Photo: Alejandro Biazquez, courtesy the artist
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    Reminder: Today at 12:30 pm, meet the artist Vera Frenkel in the Transit Bar (Gallery B202) as she discusses her work with Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art. Free with Gallery admission. http://ow.ly/A6SoE Hope to see you there!
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    There’s a lot to choose from at the Gallery tonight. We’ve got free admission to the permanent collection from 5-8pm, Vera Frenkel will be in the Transit Bar from 6-8pm, and there’s a free Doré-related film screening of King Kong at 6pm in the Lecture Hall (in French). See you tonight!
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    Congratulations to the winners of our So You Want to Be an Artist? | Alors tu veux être artiste? contest! First place goes to Kevin Nguyen, from Toronto, ON, for his artwork titled Woman – Age 47; second place goes to Frédérik Giguère, from Sherbrooke, QC, for his artwork Les vertiges berlinois [Berlin Vertigo]; and third place goes to Anna Weyant, from Calgary, AB, for her artwork entitled Isabelle. http://soyouwanttobeanartist.ca/en/gallery/2014/finalists
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    Doré Film Series. Explore Gustave Doré’s influence on filmmakers! This Thursday August 14 at 6pm in the Lecture Hall, come see King Kong (1933). (In French). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CSLN23h3Lo And on Sunday August 17 at 2pm, it`s Oliver Twist (2005) (In English):
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    Last chance! Come grab a drink at the Transit Bar this week before it closes on Sunday August 17. Thursday, August 14, please join the artist "at the Bar" from 6 - 8pm. The piano will be played and drinks will be served. Remarks at 6:30pm. Cash bar; all ages welcome; Gallery free after 5pm And the next day, Friday August 15 at 12:30 pm, meet the artist Vera Frenkel in the Transit Bar as she discusses her work with Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art. Free with Gallery admission. http://ow.ly/A6SoE Hope to see you there! Vera Frenkel ... from the Transit Bar, 1992, reconstructed 2014 bar structure and equipment, tables and chairs, player piano, plants, newspapers, raincoats, stools, bar sign, lighting, carpet, 6 video monitors, 6 laser disks, software, 120 square meters Gift of the artist, Toronto, and purchase, 1997 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © CARCC 2014
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    New at NGC Magazine! Eye of the Beholder: Two Iconic Works of Conceptual Art. Both Boom, Boom and Yellow Wall can be viewed in the National Gallery of Canada’s upper contemporary galleries (B202) until September 10. http://ow.ly/A2fmt Neil Campbell, Boom, Boom (1993). Photo: Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Photographer: Chris Gergley
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    Looking for something to do with your kids on this (soon to be) rainy day? Come to the Gallery and take part in Artissimo - our free family programming which is offered daily in the summer from 11 am to 4pm. To have an idea of what to expect, check out this video from CTVOttawaMorningLive and ByWard Market Business Improvement Area outlining some of the features of the program - costumes, Art Buddies, crafts and building blocks...Hope to see you soon! (Click on ByWard Market Buzz)
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    Have you seen the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883): Master of Imagination exhibition yet? Here's Marc Mayer, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada giving you a sneak peek at the show and a few reasons for you to come and see it. The exhibition is on until September 14. Video: http://ow.ly/A7cm5 Exhibition: http://ow.ly/xQRc8
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    Come grab a drink at the Transit Bar this week! For its last week on display, we’ve got two great events for you. On Thursday, August 14, please join the artist "at the Bar" from 6 - 8pm. The piano will be played and drinks will be served. Remarks at 6:30pm. Cash bar; all ages welcome; Gallery free after 5pm And the next day, Friday August 15 at 12:30 pm, meet the artist Vera Frenkel in the Transit Bar as she discusses her work with Jonathan Shaughnessy, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art. Free with Gallery admission. http://ow.ly/A6SoE Hope to see you there! Vera Frenkel ... from the Transit Bar, 1992, reconstructed 2014 bar structure and equipment, tables and chairs, player piano, plants, newspapers, raincoats, stools, bar sign, lighting, carpet, 6 video monitors, 6 laser disks, software, 120 square meters Gift of the artist, Toronto, and purchase, 1997 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © CARCC 2014
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    A lot of people have opinions about these particular additions to the National Collection. What do you think? Are you a fan of Voice of Fire and No. 16?
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    New at NGC Magazine! The Proust Questionnaire: Jimmie Durham http://ow.ly/A41cl Encore Tranquillité is on view in Gallery B105 until August 24. Photo: jef byttebier/het pakt
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    It's your last chance to see the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts for 2014 - it closes this Sunday! http://ow.ly/A7DKb Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada
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    We've got two Transit Bar events next week - the last week the installation is up. Hope you can join us!
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    Raid your family’s recycling bin and create some real or imaginary animals with the materials you find. Share photos of your works of art with us on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NGCFamily.
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    New at NGC Magazine! Laugh Out Loud: Comedy Meets Tragedy at the Dunlop Art Gallery. The exhibition is on display at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina until August 27. http://ow.ly/zO46I Mark Clintberg, Not over you (2014), LED channel letters, housing, 177.8 x 157.5 cm. Commissioned by Regina Public Library and Dunlop Art Gallery, 2014. Photo: Eagleclaw Thom
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    Happy birthday to Tom Thomson who would've been 137 today (5 August 1877 – July 1917). Come see two of his masterpieces, The Jack Pine and The West Wind on display here at the Gallery. http://ow.ly/ygj0m And here's a video of Stephen Gritt, Director, Restoration and Conservation at the NGC, explaining the restoration of Jack Pine . http://ow.ly/zZhRI Tom Thomson, The Jack Pine, Winter 1916–17, oil on canvas, 127.9 × 139.8 cm. National Gallery of Canada, purchased 1918. Photo © NGC
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    New at NGC Magazine! Gustave Doré: Genius of the Comic Strip http://ow.ly/zNJ3Q Des-agréments d’un voyage d’agrément (Éditions 2024, 2013) is available for purchase (in French only) at the NGC Bookstore. http://ow.ly/zNJbO
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    Today marks the 100th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the First World War. In the context of our exhibition, The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography, we're asking you to share your family photos of World War 1 on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NGCWar. http://ow.ly/yghIU Fernand Cuville, Soldats russes posant dans le cloître des Cordeliers (février–avril 1917), reproduction au jet d’encre à partir de l’autochrome original, 9 × 12 cm. Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France. © Ministère de la Culture / Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
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    New at NGC Magazine ! Personal Touch at The Ottawa Art Gallery | La Galerie d'art d'Ottawa. The Miriam and Hudson Sargeant Art Collection is on display at the OAG until August 17, 2014. In Focus: A Collector’s History; Selections from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is on permanent display with periodic rotations. http://ow.ly/zNn14 James Wilson Morrice, Dinard, towards Saint-Malo (c. 1905), oil on panel, 12.1 x 15.2 cm. Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery, Miriam and Hudson Sargeant Art Collection; gift of Miriam Sargeant, 2013
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    The long weekend is here, so why not head to the Gallery to see the Gustave Doré exhibition, make some art at Artissimo (on daily from 11am to 4pm) and grab lunch on our cafeteria’s terrace? After that, you can head to the Bookstore to get a gift (for yourself or someone else!) and then go relax on the grass behind the Gallery. Seems like a pretty good idea, don’t you think? To find out more about the public programming for the Doré show, such as concerts, daily talks, the film series etc, check the website: http://ow.ly/xOcik Photo: Gustave Doré, The Street Performers, 1874. Collection of the Musée d’art Roger-Quilliot, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand (2714). (detail in chalk in the Byward Market last week.)
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    What is the definition of a Canucklehead? Hint: he performs at the National Gallery of Canada 3:00 pm Sat. on the 1700 Taft Stradivari violin awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.
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    Would you be surprised to learn that people were taking pictures with cameras in the 1800s? Share your artful snapshots of summer fun with family and friends.
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    New at NGC Magazine! Here's a video that shows the installation of Gustave Doré's The Poem of the Vine, a 2.7 tonne, four metre-high bronze vase. No small feat! http://ow.ly/zN8AS Gustave Doré, The Poem of the Vine, 1877–82. Bronze, 396.2 × 208.3 × 208.3 cm. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Gift of M.H. de Young (53696). Photo: Benjamin Blackwell

July

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    Une très bonne critique de nos expositions d'œuvres provenant des collections des familles Firestone et Sargeant d'Ottawa au magazine du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada. | National Gallery of Canada Magazine reviews two OAG exhibitions of Canadian art gems that began as family-owned collections by Ottawa collectors O.J. and Isobel Firestone and more recently, Miriam and Hudson Sargeant. http://www.magazinembac.ca/correspondants/touche-personnelle-collections-particulieres-a-la-galerie-d-art-d-ottawa
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    In conjunction with our upcoming summer exhibition Gustave Doré: Master of Imagination, we're looking for black & white illustrations, inspired by Gustave Doré’s graphic artwork, for the tale of Bluebeard. Submissions received before 5 p.m. ET on September 10, 2014, which adhere to the Terms of Use, will be uploaded to the Website Virtual Gallery, and also placed on display as part of the Didactic Exhibition, which will take place until September 14, 2014. http://ow.ly/wKfbT All artists who submit an eligible illustration before 5 p.m. ET on September 10, 2014 will be entered into a draw which will take place September 15th, 2014 for a chance to win the following prize: a complimentary 1 year Individual Membership to the NGC! Good luck to all the artists!
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    New at NGC Magazine. Photography in the First World War: From Portraits to Propaganda. The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography is on view at the National Gallery of Canada until November 16. http://ow.ly/zIJ5c Unidentified photographer, Great Britain, active early 20th century, Summer 1914 (c. 1914), album containing carbon, platinum and gelatin silver prints. Wilson Centre for Photography, London
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    Morpheus (Ovid's God of Sleep) could change form and enter dreams. Rebecca Clarke, composer of Morpheus to be performed during the Dreamscape concert at 3:00 pm today at the National Gallery of Canada by Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker had an alias. When Clarke debuted Morpheus as a violist , what pen-name did she use for the composer?
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    Doré Film Series. Explore Gustave Doré’s influence on filmmakers! This Thursday July 31 at 6pm in the Lecture Hall, come see Dante's Inferno (1935). http://ow.ly/zI65v And on Sunday August 3 at 2pm in the Lecture Hall, we'll be showing Cendrillon and Voyage dans la lune (by Méliès) and Les hallucinations du Baron Münchhausen. (Silent films) Gustave Doré, Dante and Virgil in the Ninth Circle of Hell, 1861. Oil on canvas, 315 × 450 cm. Musée du monastère royal de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse (982.234) Photo: Hugo Maertens, Bruges
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    SHOP | Take home a memento from this summer’s incredible Gustave Doré exhibition, now available in the Bookstore or online at www.ShopNGC.ca.
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    New at NGC Magazine! An Interview with Takao Tanabe. Chronicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper by Takao Tanabe is on view at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford BC until September 7. http://ow.ly/zAN3c Takao Tanabe, Untitled (10-08-70), 1970, felt pen and pencil crayon on paper, 436. x 28.0 cm. Collection of the artist. © Takao Tanabe, 2012. Photo: Scott Massey
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    More sidewalk chalk art in the ByWard Market. This time on George Street. We love this artist! Want to see more? Head over to the National Gallery of Canada on Sussex Drive!
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    "To thine own self be true..." William Shakespeare. What's your favourite quote from Hamlet? Actor Jeffrey Wetsch joins musicians in the National Gallery of Canada Auditorium at 3:00 today in a performance of Shostakovich's Hamlet. How would the Bard react to Stephane Mege's arrangement of the score Shostakovich wrote for the 1963 Russian film, Hamlet?
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    Come take part in Artissimo daily throughout the summer from 11am to 4pm in the Great Hall. In this photo, visitors are making a huge copy of Tom Thomson’s Jack Pine with coloured fabics!
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    Camping this summer? Cottaging? Spending time in the great outdoors? We’d love to see your photos of Jack Pine-like trees, or a favourite tree that is Tom Thomson-worthy! Share them on Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #JackPine Our Tom Thomson exhibition is currently on display and you can see two of his most iconic works together, The Jack Pine and The West Wind. http://ow.ly/ygj0m
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    Next time you head to the park, bring some paper, some coloured pencils, and a clipboard or book, and sketch what you see around you.
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    Grab a friend and grab a drink at the Transit Bar! Here is artist Vera Frenkel giving some insight into the work. The bar is open from noon to 7:30 on Thursdays. And another incentive: admission to permanent collection is free tonight from 5-8pm. http://ow.ly/zxrb9
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    New at NGC Magazine! Crossing Boundaries at the Carleton University Art Gallery. Inuit Art: Skin Deep is on display at the CUAG until August 10, while Imaginary Worlds: Scottie Wilson and Art Brut runs until September 7 and Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art runs until September 14. http://ow.ly/zxn8h Scottie Wilson, Untitled (Far Eastern Town), date unknown, ink and coloured pencil over graphite on paper. Collection of Carleton University Art Gallery: Bequest of Frances Barwick to the Department of Art History, Carleton University; transferred to the University Art Collection, 1988. Photo: Justin Wonnacott
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    Here is John Geddes from Maclean's Magazine giving a mini tour of some Canadian works - a primer for your next visit to see the national collection!
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    Share your family photos of World War 1 on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NGCWar. http://ow.ly/yghIU
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    For Alexander Calder's birthday (22 July 1898 - 11 novembre 1976) here is his Jacaranda, on display in gallery C216.
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    New at NGC Magazine! Jimmie Durham: They will be smashed. Encore Tranquillité is on view in Gallery B105 here at the NGC until October 2014. http://ow.ly/zox46 Jimmie Durham, Encore tranquillité (2008), fiberglass stone and airplane, 150 x 860 x 806 cm. NGC

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