Programs + Events
Exhibition Tour and Piano Recital with Sing Along
Sunday, May 31, 1:00 pm
Forum Gallery and Theatre
The afternoon begins with a tour of the exhibition London's First World War at 1:00 pm with Curator of Regional History, Amber Lloydlangston. Among other things, she will highlight the popular culture items from the period in the exhibition, and explain that people entertained themselves with songs in support of the war effort. After, join us in the Theatre for a recital and sing along of the historical scores on display in the exhibition itself. Pianists Naina Jinga and Elisa Jinga provide the music and we provide the lyrics to classics such as “The Rose of No Man’s Land” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”!
Naina and Elisa Jinga, a mother-daughter duo, have won various prestigious awards and are renowned for their interpretation of French and Russian music for piano duet and two pianos. Dr. Naina Jinga holds a doctorate in music from her native Romania, and a masters in composition from Western University. Elisa Jinga has won numerous prizes, trophies and scholarships. She attended Montcalm Secondary School where she graduated with the Governor General’s medal for highest grade 12 average, and is now completing undergraduate studies in music at Western.
Saturday, June 13, 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Community and Centre Galleries, Theatre
Doing spring cleaning? Bring your old clothes along and contribute to Maria Ezcurra’s Open or Mindy Yan Miller’s Sorting Party as they create collaborative pieces with visitors. For Ezcurra’s, wear your old clothing over your outfit, stand in the installation, and see how she unstitches and stretches it onto the wall, pinning it in place to create a collective identity. Or help Yan Miller sort a thousand pounds of clothing and shape pieces into sculptural structures. All clothing will later be donated to charity. And speaking of vestments, our Centre Gallery converts to a drawing studio with clothed models posing throughout the night. Take a seat on a drawing horse and learn about figure drawing with a local artist while enjoying live DJ sets by Lido Pimienta and performances by the McMaster Cybernetic Orchestra. There’s something for everyone! (Cash Bar)
Exhibition Tour of Ed Zelenak with Curator and Artist
Sunday, June 28, 1:00 pm
Curator of Art Cassandra Getty is accompanied by local artist Ed Zelenak for this tour of Divining the Immeasurable. Zelenak will lead visitors on a general walk-through, touching on his art production and speaking to the themes that inform his work.
Screening and Performance by Lary 7
Thursday, July 30, 7:00 pm
Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the door
Lary 7 is a multimedia alchemist who uses sounds and images from lost and forgotten electronic instruments and technologies. Mostly using analog equipment, he often modifies household appliances to given them a musical voice. Lary 7 is co-founder of Plastikville Records and has been a leading figure in New York’s experimental underground music scene since 1970. Lary 7 joins director Danielle de Picciotto and producer Alexander Hacke for the screening of Not Junk Yet: The Art of Lary 7 (2014, 90 min, NR), followed by a performance by the renowned musician himself. Stay on for the after party.
9th Annual Corn Roast
Sunday, August 23, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Wolf Sculpture Garden
Ron Benner roasts corn for all at his garden installation As the Crow Flies. Part sculpture, part installation and part performance, the event will feature Benner’s roving corn-roasting wagon Maiz Barbacoa. The site-specific piece features a pond, garden and corn plants surrounded by black and white laminated photographs that trace the militarization of food and society, as well as themes of activism, environmentalism and global food politics. Musician Frank Ridsdale will entertain us with his resolute songs of political misdemeanours covering a wide geographical range from the Port Stanley harbour to Latin American revolutionary songs.
DRAWING IN THE GALLERIES
Sundays 1:00 to 3:00 pm
May 3, June 7
Drop-in and sketch from objects, paintings, photographs and images in our galleries. All ranges of drawing experience are welcome, including visitors who are picking up a sketchbook for the first time. Our drawing instructor provides insight on drawing techniques and how the artist-object relationship can inspire the sketching process. Bring your drawing materials or experiment with some of ours! This is a free drop-in program for all levels, and registration is not required. Gallery locations change each month, so check signage or the Front Desk for current location.