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Maria Hupfield: The One Who Keeps on Giving
17 Mar 2018 – 20 May 2018
The title of the exhibition is also the title of a new video installation named after the translation of Hupfield’s mother’s Anishinaabe name. The video documents a performance by the artist and her siblings in Parry Sound, an event re-enacted with a smaller cast at each tour venue.
Maria Hupfield, Jingle Spiral
Weaving the existing. Giorgia Volpe
24 Mar 2016 – 29 May 2016
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Giorgia Volpe has since 1998 lived in Quebec City, where she has taught drawing, printmaking and photogram at Meduse. This first survey of the artist’s career encompasses performance, action art, drawing, sculpture, photography, installations and video
Giorgia Volpe, Les Mains 2013
Kids these days
16 Jan 2016 – 13 Mar 2016
{I}Kids these days{/I} presents video, photography, and graphic works that draw from the fields of anthropology, psychology and sociology, to examine youth and youth cultures in the Canadian context. The artists document young people—their bodies, expressions, and movements—while investigating their tastes, thoughts, clothing styles, methods of communication, and leisure activities. The resulting artworks suggest an underlying desire on the part of the artists to capture the “essence” of youth or at least to affiliate themselves with the coveted values typically associated with this group: freedom, escape, authenticity, expressivity, creativity, and idealism. Artists: Jo-Anne Balcaen, Sarah Febbraro, Kerri Flannigan, Emmanuelle Léonard, Kyla Mallett, Helen Reed, Guillaume Simoneau, Althea Thauberger
Kyla Mallett, Your Pal Alicia from the Notes series, 2004 (light jet print).
Bridget Moser: Is this thing on?
3 Jun 2015 – 16 Aug 2015
Toronto-based performance and video artist Bridget Moser employs strategies associated with experimental theatre, performance art, modern dance, and prop comedy. Moser writes and acts out fragmented texts, combining language with everyday materials, which are used as props, and audio excerpts pulled from popular culture.
Bridget Moser, Asking for a Friend video still 2013
An Intimate Distance
3 Jun 2015 – 16 Aug 2015
An Intimate Distance presents three multi-component works: Andrea Ward’s Hairstories, Glynis Humphrey’s Gorge and Suzanne Swannie’s Considering Two Small Forms, for Maja and Marta.
Glynis Humphrey, Gorge (detail)
Here you may see the best portrait that, later, I was able to make of him. Passages to Abstraction. Geneviève Cadieux
21 Mar 2015 – 17 May 2015
This exhibition encompasses 27 years of production by Canadian artist Geneviève Cadieux, who works primarily with photography and its associated techniques.
Geneviève Cadieux, Ravissement 1985 (detail)
Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art
9 Oct 2014 – 30 Nov 2014
Today, there is an increasing permeability between the realms of “craft” and “art” occurring in step with an emphasis on “reskilling” and the handmade, as seen in contemporary art practice and in the widespread interest in all things handcrafted.
Marc Courtemanche, The Studio
Voices in Longitude and Latitude: video installation by Marnina & Noam Gonick
22 Mar 2014 – 11 May 2014
Marnina & Noam Gonick, Voices in Longitude and Latitude
Terms of Engagement: Averns, feldman-kiss, Stimson
18 Jan 2014 – 9 Mar 2014
The Canadian Forces Artists Program was founded in 2001, as an opportunity for artists to address the complex relationships between culture and conflict. {I}Terms of Engagement{/I} includes works by three “embedded” artists: Dick Averns (posted to the Middle East, 2009), nichola feldman-kiss (posted to Sudan, 2011) and Adrian Stimson (posted to Afghanistan, 2010). All of the artists work in lens-based media (photography and video) and sculpture. Stimson, a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, incorporates traditional ceremonial materials, razor wire and painting in his installations
nichola feldman-kiss, after AfricaSo long farewell
Suzy Lake: Political Poetics
25 Aug 2012 – 7 Oct 2012
Acknowledged by Cindy Sherman as a pioneer in feminist performance for the camera, Suzy Lake began to receive critical attention in the 1970s with works such as {I}Choreographed Puppets{/I} 1976.
Suzy Lake, Peonies and the Lido #7 (detail)
Body Tracks
24 Mar 2012 – 13 May 2012
Body Tracks foregrounds the life and art of Ana Mendieta (1948-1985), who despite being a prolific performance and body artist from the 1970s is unknown to many artists under forty.
Philomène Longpré, Xia 2011 (photo credit Bruce Barbour)
Feed: A Video Installation by Tonia Di Risio
21 Aug 2011 – 2 Oct 2011
In 2006 the Haligonian artist DiRisio traveled to the Abruzzo, Italy. There she recorded her middle-aged female relatives preparing a variety of local dishes in their kitchens.
Tonia Di Risio, Cooking in Italy 2010
Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980
19 Mar 2011 – 8 May 2011
Organized around urban and regional centres of art production, this exhibition captures the exuberant ‘traffic‘ between them during the inaugural phase of conceptual art, one of the most transformative art movements of the late 20th century.
Gerald Ferguson, 1,000,000 Pennies
Losing it: Jarvis, Pagurek, Wensley
14 Aug 2010 – 5 Oct 2010
This witty and emotionally charged exhibition includes works by Kirtley Jarvis, Cheryl Pagurek, and Mary-Anne Wensley. Whether this art serves to provoke or assuage anxiety is an open question.
MaryAnne Wensley, Coping Mechanism
Using It: ArtStars, Lendrum, Valentina
14 Aug 2010 – 17 Oct 2010
The creation and presentation of self through assumed personae is as old as theatre. Today YouTube, Facebook and other social networking sites enable individuals to create myriad versions of themselves capable of interactions with an ever-expanding on-line audience.
Nadja Sayej, still from ArtStars
Susan Bozic: The Dating Portfolio
18 Jul 2009 – 4 Oct 2009
Vancouver-based photographer Susan Bozic has a background in photography and cinema. Posing in elaborately staged photographs, she satirizes the fantasy of “true romance” by casting herself in the ingenue role and a store window mannequin as the leading man.
Susan Bozic He let me pick the movie
Alter Ego: Anatomical Studies of a Natal Male by R.S. Pennee
4 Jul 2009 – 18 Oct 2009
For centuries artists have made studies of body parts—hands, feet, faces—that were later incorporated into larger works. In a nod to the Old Masters, the video-derived prints in Alter Ego are processed to resemble drawings.
Robert Pennee Study #15, 14 April 2008
Jason W.F. Fitzpatrick: Bite and Burn, encore
10 Jan 2009 – 8 Feb 2009
The Vancouver-based artist Jason W.F. Fitzpatrick fuses the gendered connotations of 1970s underground music and body modification with 1970s body art of the same era. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Fitzpatrick has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The artist returns to Halifax in January with his new performance, Bite and Burn, encore.
Jason W.F. Fitzpatrick, Bite and Burn
Prospect 13: The Encounter by Suzanne Caines
25 Oct 2008 – 14 Dec 2008
This is the 13th of the Prospect exhibitions, which feature artists in the emergent stages of their careers. Suzanne Caines, a NSCAD graduate, returned to Halifax after receiving her MFA from Chelsea College, London.
Suzanne Caines The Encounter
Donigan Cumming: Ex Votos
21 Jun 2008 – 10 Aug 2008
The internationally renowned, Montreal-based artist Donigan Cumming is known for his staged portraits of the aging, ill and socially assisted poor, in the form of photographs, videos and photographic collages.
Donigan Cumming Epilogue
Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven
5 Apr 2008 – 1 Jun 2008
An interest in everyday moments and time-filling activity is mixed in Mark’s work with deadpan humour and self-deprecatory purpose.
Kelly Mark 33 Minute Stare 1996
Art Metropole: The Top 100
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

12 Jan 2008 – 22 Mar 2008
Art Metropole began in the 1970s as an informal agency of Torontonian and NSCAD-affiliated artists. It evolved into a unique Toronto artist-run centre, collecting and distributing alternative artworks that bypassed the art market with accessibly-priced artists’ “multiples” such as audio recordings, videos, bookworks and postcards.
Sherrie Levine 2 shoes 1992
For Example (Andrews, Goldman, Koenig)
5 Jan 2008 – 23 Mar 2008
In the second instalment of the For Example series, single works by three artists reveal stages of their respective production processes. Inspired by the idea of “The Thing Before The Thing”, the exhibition consists of preliminary drawings, animation cells, and contact sheets.
Stephen Andrews The Quick and the Dead 2004
Reading the Image: Poetics of the Black Diaspora
22 Apr 2007 – 3 Jun 2007
Reading the Image: Poetics of the Black Diaspora brings together the works of artists Deanna Bowen (Toronto), Christopher Cozier (Trinidad and Tobago), Michael Fernandes (Nova Scotia), and Maud Sulter (Scotland). The exhibition includes photography, video, and installation, each work aesthetically distinct yet linked to the others through a shared preoccupation with Black embodiment, subjectivity, and agency.
Christopher Cozier Once You Have Bread and Wheels You Good to Go 2006
Connect the Dots
29 Nov 2006 – 10 Dec 2006
Connect the Dots brings together Mark’s mixed-media art with that of two other artists—Gerald Ferguson and Shaun Gough—whose careers intersect with hers
Kelly Mark, War Pigs
Pulse: Film & Painting After the Image
14 Oct 2006 – 26 Nov 2006
Pulse brings experimental film into dialogue with contemporary abstract painting by presenting the two art forms adjacent to one another in the same gallery space.
Nicole Collins Light a Path
Glynis Humphrey: Breathing Under Water
21 Mar 2006 – 30 Apr 2006
Breathing Under Water is a multi-media installation by the Haligonian artist Glynis Humphrey. It provides an array of acoustic, tactile and visual stimuli, but contains no verbal components.
Glynis Humphrey Breathing Under Water, Installation View MSVU Art Gallery
Michael Fernandes: Room of Fears and Fixing Room
18 Mar 2006 – 14 May 2006
Room of Fears is an installation consisting of one-sentence expressions of fear submitted by members of the public via e-mail and through “comments” boxes. In an adjacent space, Fixing Room displays items submitted to the gallery in response to an open call, for “things you never got round to fixing, things that are broken.” distributed around Halifax.
Room of Fears (detail)
Brisk Collages and Bricolages
Artistic Audits of Mainstream Media in Recent Canadian Shorts

20 Jul 2005 – 27 Jul 2005
The collective La Femme 100 Têtes, in collaboration with Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, presents Brisk Collages and Bricolages, Canadian found-footage films and videos that appropriate, audit and revise snippets of movies and TV shows.
Johanna Householder and b.h. Yael, December 31, 2000 (video)
Unbidden: Jin-me Yoon
5 May 2005 – 22 Jun 2005
The title of the exhibition and this series of works refers to the involuntary surfacing to consciousness of images and memories.
JJin-me Yoon Unbidden: Jungle-Swamp, 2003
Free Sample
12 Mar 2005 – 24 Apr 2005
So who doesn’t like free samples? And what’s that got to do with art? Kelly Mark’s new exhibition, Free Sample, can help you figure that out.
Hamilton’s Who’s Gonna Tell Jesus Tehre’s no Santa Claus
Racing The Cultural Interface
African Diasporic Identities in the Digital Age

15 Jan 2005 – 27 Feb 2005
The African diaspora, and specifically the “Black Atlantic,” encompasses the world created by the African slave trade and by other population displacements among people of African descent. For this reason the black diaspora is often described as a space of movement between cultures, nations, races, origins, destinations and journeys — a space in many ways similar to cyber space.
Lecture Notes
14 Jan 2004 – 29 Feb 2004
With works in various media by Michael Fernandes, Rainer Ganahl, Mike Hein, Suzy Lake, John Marriott, Lani Maestro and Adrian Piper, this exhibition has plenty to say about the giving and receiving of lectures.
Rainer Ganahl from Lecture Notes
Beyond Words
28 Oct 2003 – 23 Nov 2003
The art in this exhibition encourages viewers to think of language as something more than a transparent medium of communication.
Beyond Words Installation View
General Idea Editions
30 Aug 2003 – 12 Oct 2003
MSVU Art Gallery was the sole Atlantic Canadian venue on the North American tour of this long-awaited exhibition.
General Idea: FILE Megazine, vol. 5, no. 4, 1983.
Placing Spaces, Spacing Places
Canadian Experimental Films & Videos since 1990

17 Jul 2003 – 31 Jul 2003
For this sequel of Changing Times, the video and experimental film series presented by MSVU Art Gallery in 2002, recent works by Kika Thorne, Paulette Phillips, Michael Snow, Manon Labreque, Nelson Henricks and other Canadian artists have been selected for their relevance to the politics and poetics of location.
Placing Spaces, Spacing Places catalogue cover
Shui-Buo Wang
Sunrise Over Tianamen Square

11 Jan 2003 – 2 Mar 2003
In June 1989, people around the world watched in horror as news footage showed Chinese government troops opening fire on demonstrators in Beijing's Tianamen Square. Shui-Bo Wang was 28 when he took part in those protests.
Shui-Bo Wang: Sunrise over Tiananmen Square
2 Nov 2002 – 14 Dec 2002
Colette Urban's interactive sculpture, Gambler, which consists of an 8 x 8-foot table heaped with pieces from second-hand puzzles, is set up to allow individuals and groups to play the game of puzzle.
Colette Urban: Gambler
Oh My!
(Window Box)

25 Oct 2002 – 14 Dec 2002
A roving, sound-gathering performance deploying two categories of listening device: "Bird Brain" and "Ground Sound."
Colette Urban: Birdbrain
Allyson Clay: Imaginary Standard Distance
20 Oct 2002 – 24 Nov 2002
Retaining her focus on the urban female subject, Allyson Clay combines photo-based imagery with video and painting to open this subject position to viewers.
Allyson Clay: Untitled III
In Another Place, Part I
Lily Markiewicz: Promise II

6 Jul 2002 – 18 Aug 2002
This work incorporates photographs on light-sensitive paper, recorded sound, and video installed in a dimly lit space ...with the unflinching eye of the goldfish observing our every movement.
Lily Markiewicz: Promise II
The Devil’s Workshop
25 Apr 2002 – 23 Jun 2002
"The Devil finds work for idle hands," goes the saying, and this exhibition explores the implications of this proverb in the works of young artists.
Goody-B. Wiseman: Keeping Her Cool
Changing Times, Time Changes
Canadian Experimental Films and Videos of the 1990s

11 Mar 2002 – 25 Mar 2002
Gerda Cammaer’s selection highlights works in which time is used to create a physical experience, presented as a theme, or treated as a receptacle in which to collect images.
Changing Times, Time Changes
Laurel Woodcock: Take Me I’m Yours
2 Mar 2002 – 14 Apr 2002
Sometimes described as "sentimental conceptualism," Woodcock's new media installations integrate technical effects with intellectual and emotional content.
Laurel Woodcock: operetta
What is Church?
Rural Churches of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

3 Nov 2001 – 16 Dec 2001
The convergence of multi-channel video with music and the scanned and digitally manipulated images in this exhibition suggests the psychedelic equivalent of a Baroque church interior.
David Askevold: What is Church?
24 Jun 2001 – 22 Jul 2001
Charmaine Wheatley is known for teasingly erotic subject matter. The exhibition includes documentation of her Agricola Street storefront performance in 1997 (Halifax) and another Halifax-era piece, the bookwork Cambridge Suites.
Charmaine Wheatley: Chesterfield
Adrian Piper: A Retrospective 1965-2000
8 Jul 2000 – 30 Aug 2000
This exhibition appeared at MSVU Art Gallery in connection with HX, a city-wide festival of international contemporary art organized by the Contemporary Art Projects Society (CAPS).
Adrian Piper: The Mythic Being
The Archaeology of Origin
Transnational Visions of Africa in a Borderless Cinema

3 Feb 2000 – 24 Feb 2000
This film series brought together seven works by black film and video makers from Britain, Canada, France, Martinique and the US. Two of the films are set in Nova Scotia.
Colina Phillips: Making Change
True Patriot Love: The Films of Joyce Wieland
20 Jan 2000 – 30 Jan 2000
Wieland’s passionate nationalism arose from her concern about the American takeover of Canadian natural resources, coupled with faith in "feminine" ecological principles.
Joyce Wieland: The Far Shore
Flaming Creatures: New Tendencies in Canadian Video
13 Aug 1999 – 3 Oct 1999
A program of 17 tapes by American and Canadian artists, the exhibition links contemporary critical poetics to Jack Smith's outrageous film Flaming Creatures, made in 1962.
Steve Reinke: Seventeen Descriptions
Lunch Money
31 Mar 1999 – 2 May 1999
To demonstrate how artmaking counteracts the effects of privation, the Toronto-based curators Kim Fullerton and Cheryl Sourkes made an exhibition of works by young artists from Vancouver, Saskatoon, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.
Lisa Baldissera: Snow
6 Mar 1999 – 11 Apr 1999
Curatorial Assistant Robert Zingone curated this pairing of a video by David Askevold and a photo-text installation by Ellen Moffat.
Ellen Moffat: Line Break
Animal Magnetism
2 May 1998 – 7 Jun 1998
Animal Magnetism united the artist's interests as a draughtsman and producer of experimental audio and video to create this panoramic installation of 100 black and white television sets with over painted screens.
Chris Woods: Animal Magnetism
In Absentia
7 Mar 1998 – 17 May 1998
Composed of loans and works from the MSVU collection, this exhibition surveyed feminist approaches to autobiographical narrative.
Andrea Ward: Hairstories
Digital Garden
24 May 1997 – 27 Jul 1997
An installation composed of a video projection and laser-printed photographs depicting Eastern Canadian butterflies and the plant species on which they depend.
Mike MacDonald: Butterfly Garden
Extended Objects
29 Mar 1997 – 2 Jun 1997
this exhibition staged the residue of artists' performances — once-mobile objects that reveal themselves in the mind of the beholder as other than what they are known empirically to be.
Michael Fernandes: Ghost
Action/Performance & the Photograph
11 Jan 1997 – 9 Feb 1997
The images resulting of conceptual and body art events of the 1960s and 1970s were often orchestrated by artists specifically for the camera. Some became documents; others, art objects.
Yves Klein: Leap into the Void
Prospect 4: Glynis Humphrey — Gorge
29 May 1996 – 7 Jul 1996
Including video and installation elements that implied the bodily presence of a monstrously large woman, Gorge filled the space with conflicting suggestions of guilty excess and sensual pleasure, connected with eating and sexual repression.
Glynis Humphrey: Gorge
Prospect 3: Mongrel Moods
Video by Dorain Henderson

17 Feb 1996 – 24 Mar 1996
A 21-minute tape that confronts the intimate illusion of home video with a poetically controlled vision of family dissolution.
Dorain Henderson: Headache
Carolee Schneemann: Composition with Interior Scrolls
16 Sep 1995 – 29 Oct 1995
Scheduled on the 20th anniversary of International Women’s Year, the lecture by this legendary pioneer of "intermedia" drew a large crowd.
Carolee Schneemann: Composition with Interior Scrolls

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