Film Series: Contemporary Art

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 — 10:30am - 11:45am

Film Series: Contemporary Art 

This is the final film in a series exploring contemporary art from the newest season (8) of the PBS series Art21.

Each film explores contemporary art in a different city. Each film is 50 minutes long and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with a Bruce Museum staff member. Free with Museum admission. No registration required.

11/2 – Chicago, 11/9 – Mexico City, 11/16 – Los Angeles, 11/23 – Vancouver.

Contemporary Art, Vancouver

In small and tightly-knit Vancouver, artists reframe the world through a series of sophisticated illusions. By recreating historical moments, staging photos of vernacular scenes, and crafting intricate sculptures that trick the eye, artists reveal how everyday images and moments from the past are not always what they seem.

Liz Magor (b.1948, Winnipeg, MB, Canada) makes uncannily realistic casts of humble objects—gloves, cardboard boxes, cigarettes—that speak to mortality and local histories. Through complex video installations, photos, theatrical productions, and virtual reality simulations, Stan Douglas (b.1960, Vancouver, BC, Canada) reenacts historical moments of tension that connect the history of Vancouver to broader social movements of struggle and utopian aspiration. Brian Jungen (b.1970, Fort St. John, BC, Canada) draws from his family’s ranching and hunting background, as well as his Dane-zaa heritage, when disassembling and recombining consumer goods into whimsical sculptures. Attentive to the accidental encounters that can inspire an image, photographer Jeff Wall (b.1946, Vancouver, BC, Canada) recreates flashes of inspiration by building sets and repeatedly photographing gestures until they coalesce into a picture that’s printed on a grand scale.

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