Here’s a sneak peek at the installation process for two of our new exhibitions, which will open to the public next Monday night. Hope you can join us!
All in the Family is a ten-year survey of the Serbian-born, Montreal-based artist Milutin Gubash, whose diverse practice is focused on the investigation of his personal, social, and cultural identity. Gubash casts himself (and his family and friends) in his work, using this motley crew to tell stories that blur the real and the fantastic, art and everyday life, fact and fiction, and the past and present.
There’s a shot of Patrick Lacasse, Curatorial Assistant, hanging Milutin Gubash’s Tito My Friend, an ongoing drawing series that tells the story of Milutin Gubash’s grandfather, Milutin Gubash, in a comic book-like style.
You can also see Patrick, Sandra Dyck (the curator), Milutin Gubash, and Education Assistant Fiona lifting up an incredibly heavy work called Floor/Stage/Flag/Painting, which was constructed from actual floor tiles brought back from Novi Sad by Milutin’s mother.
Upstairs, guest curator (and Carleton Art History professor) Stephane Roy has been installing his exhibition, Making the News in 18th Century France. The show presents approximately 40 prints and rare books made in France from 1770 to 1820, selected from CUAG’s collection, and loaned by the National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, and the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University. Woven into a narrative linking history and art history, literature and journalism, politics and image-making, these objects will shed new light on art and ideas in the era of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution.
There are some snapshots of the prints leaning against the wall before they go up. The group of three shows the same image of “un sans culotte,” the radical lower-class militants from the French Revolution, which was probably made from the same plate.
You can also see one of the books that will be on display, as well as a print of the death of General Wolfe during the 1759 Battle of Quebec. These prints shaped public opinion as much, if not more, than the printed word, giving visual form to such politically-charged ideas as tyranny and patriotism.
Those men in the background of the photograph are helping us install the third new exhibition, Erin Shirreff: Available Light, which will also open on Monday night. They’re setting up a projector on the ceiling for one of Erin’s time-lapse videos.