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Double Vernissage: Fairy Tails and Opening ExercisesJanuary 17
The Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University presents two new exhibitions.
All are welcome to attend.
10 January to 1 April 2020
Works by Amalie Atkins, Aganetha Dyck, Diana Thorneycroft, Meryl McMaster, Sylvia Ptak, Vicky Sabourin, Anna Torma, Laura Vickerson, Janice Wright Cheney
Curated by Anne Koval
This group exhibition explores the wondrous in nature by reconsidering the role of animals in storytelling. These works present fantastical narratives in which animals preside over strange episodes: tales are rewritten or unwritten, travellers embark on uncertain journeys, danger lurks deep in the forest, a witch appears from nowhere, birds and beasts are spellbound, clothing is enchanted, and a shoe materializes, as if magically spun from gold. If animals are “good to think with,” as anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss once famously remarked, then folk and fairy tales have a long history of speaking through beasts, whose otherworldly transformations can express our innate or unconscious longings and desires.
17 January to 1 April 2020
Curated by Emily Falvey
A project by Didier Morelli, featuring contributions from Eunice Bélidor and Camille Georgeson-Usher
Art and sports are often considered so separate as to be almost opposed. In fact, they may easily complement each other in the creation of shared communities and spaces. In Opening Exercises, artist Didier Morelli sets out to explore this very connection. Using Alex Colville’s mural, Athletes (1961), as a point of departure, the artist mines material from the Mount Allison University Archives, combining it with his own work and written contributions from curators Eunice Bélidor and Camille Georgeson-Usher, both of whom have relationships to distance running. The resultant installation proposes “a series of starting points moving out in various other directions,” and thus emphasizes unexpected connections and moments of collaboration as well as divergence.
The Owens Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of all its funders, including Mount Allison University, Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, the Town of Sackville New Brunswick and the Friends of the Owens.
The stairs to the Owens from the entrance nearest the University chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance, however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the Owens entrance off York Street do not have a handrail. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second floor gallery is not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the second floor. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals.
Bathrooms (women’s and men’s) are located in the basement and are not wheelchair accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to the basement.
There are two reserved accessible parking spaces on the York Street side of the Gallery and one in the circular driveway adjacent to the Gallery.