The FOFA Gallery at Concordia University, in partnership with SOMA in Mexico City is pleased to welcome Ellen Belshaw as curatorial intern thanks to the support of Young Canada Works. This international curatorial internship will bridge two cultural regions through the development of an exhibition program that will introduce artists from Mexico City to the Montreal cultural community. As curatorial ambassador, Belshaw will begin the internship at SOMA, a non-profit organization conceived to nurture discussion and exchange in the field of contemporary art and education in Mexico City. She will conclude the internship at the FOFA Gallery, working with the research produced during her time in Mexico.
The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, Concordia University, is dedicated to innovative research about the history of art in Canada: its diverse communities, creative spaces and astonishing richness. In 2016, three members of the Institute will be telling these stories in a series of public lectures, curated by Institute director Martha Langford for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The 2016 series will introduce audiences to different facets of art making in Canada. Johanne Sloan begins by asking about the places and spaces of art – about contemporary art cities, one of which is Montreal. Sherry Farrell Racette takes us back in time to Indigenous communities – to the splendour and meaning of Métis textile works, which she evokes in use. Anne Whitelaw introduces us to yet another network of Canadian art communities formed by women volunteers – those enlightened supporters of modern art and artists in Canada. These three lectures bring fresh insights to the telling of Canadian art history.
Two choirs in one evening! Jean-Sébastien Allaire leads the largest performing ensemble in the university in this popular concert of choral music. The university choir, made up of students, staff and the community, give their all to celebrate the end of the semester. Kathy Kennedy directs the chamber choir in a program for a smaller, more intimate choir, singing repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. The act of singing is one of the most unifying human abilities – both for the singers and the audience. Listen, breathe, and enjoy.
Jazz improvisation is a skill as individual as each performer as they navigate complex chords and rhythms, styles and their fellow students' input. Gary Schwartz directs these small combos playing a variety of music to show off their growing skills as improvisers and creators. These fresh sounds will inspire you to do as well in your own work, whatever it may be. Step back into the jazz age with Dave Turner and the Concordia Big Band. The closing concert of the semester will send you out with that great brass and reed sound in your ears, some fabulous singers in your mind's eye, and wishing you had brought your dancing shoes. Swing into the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall for an unforgettable evening. Directed by Dave Turner.
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