McClure Gallery presents

With the Seasons Asinnajaq, curator

Exhibition: May 6 to 28, 2022
Curator’s talk on Facebook Live: Thursday, May 5 at 5:00 pm
Vernissage in-person: Thursday, May 5 at 6:00 pm
Art Hive in-person: Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Virtual Art Hive on Facebook Live: Saturday, May 28 at 2:00 pm

With the Seasons exhibit

Untitled, 1980
Seal skin, glass, tread
Avataq Cultural Institute
Photo: Marie-Christine Couture

The McClure Gallery, in collaboration with Avataq Cultural Institute, is pleased to present With the Seasons, an exhibition curated by asinnajaq. In this exhibition, the curator has brought together the works of eight contemporary artists to dialogue with works from the rich sculpture collection of the Avataq Cultural Institute. The work of Nunavik artists presents their reflections through many mediums such as sculpture, print, drawing, photography, and video. The works make palpable this sensibility that we all have with the different seasons. Indeed, we live and feel the daily variations of the seasons but this is also reflected in our mind, our imagination. Naluturuk Weetaluktuk’s photographs, imbued with great poetry, capture an impermanent state of things in perpetual renewal while Lucasi Kiatainaq’s colorful photographs testify to the beauty of daily activities. An exhibition catalog produced by the McClure Gallery will accompany this exhibition.

Artists: Aisa Alaasuaq Koperualuk, Evie Tullaugaq Qamugaaluk Koperqualuk, Joe Talirunili, Jobie Qavavauq Iqaluk, Lucasi Kiatainaq, Lucy Aullaq Uppatitsiaq Weetaluktuk, The Ivujivik Collective (Louisa Kanarjuak , Passa Mangiuk, Lyne Bastien, Qumaq M. Iyaituk), Thomassie Mangiok, Tuumasi Kudluk and Victoria Okpik.

With the Seasons exhibit

Elisapee Inukpuk

asinnajaq is a visual artist, filmmaker, writer and curator from Inukjuak, Nunavik, and based in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), QC. asinnajaq’s practice is grounded in research and collaboration, which includes working with other artists, friends and family. In 2016 she worked with the National Film Board of Canada’s archive to source historical and contemporary Inuit films and colonial representations of Inuit in film. The footage she pulled is included in her short film “Three Thousand.” The film was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. She was part of the curatorial team for the Canadian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale and she is currently working for the upcoming Inuit Art Center of the Winnipeg Art Gallery to be launched at the end of the year. She is one of the Sobey Art Award recipients in 2020.

*Reservation to the May 5th vernissage by phone at (514) 488-9558 ext. 226 and by email at [email protected]. Maximum capacity per visit slot is 30 people.

About the Visual Arts Centre and the McClure Gallery
The Visual Arts Centre is an art school, a sought-after contemporary art venue and an outreach programme, where art is taught, made, exhibited and shared seven days a week, all year round. Founded in 1946 as a women-run ceramics collective and now in its 75th year, the Centre is a thriving cultural hub whose programmes support an essential artistic community and contribute to the intellectual and emotional well-being of individuals. The School of Art draws thousands of people annually from across the city to attend its art courses and workshops. Through its ARTreach outreach programme, the Centre continues to work with teens, seniors, at-risk populations, youth with special needs and community centres to enrich everyday lives in transformative ways.

The McClure Gallery features approximately ten exhibitions of emerging and established artists each year, along with artist lectures and guided tours, regular ‘art hives’ and other special events.

For each exhibition, an artist- or curator-guided gallery tour will be recorded and made accessible online on the McClure Gallery’s Facebook page and the Visual Art Centre’s YouTube channel. The gallery’s monthly ‘art hive’ mini-workshops, usually hosted by the exhibiting artist, are held the last Saturday of the month, in person if public health restrictions allow, and otherwise on Facebook Live.

McClure Gallery
50 Victoria Avenue, just south of Sherbrooke Street, in Westmount (QC), H3Z 2N4
Gallery opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 6 pm and Saturday from 12 to 5 pm.
514-488-9558 ext. 226

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