The 2011 AGW Biennial brings together diverse and innovative contemporary artworks by 34 artists from Southwestern Ontario and the Detroit region. Located close to the southernmost tip of Canada and on the frontier of the busiest border crossing in North America, the Art Gallery of Windsor resides between a distinctly national and international context. At once, this in-between space resonates with the contemporary culture of the 21st Century, while opening up the gallery to engaging in critical dialogues that influence artistic practices in the region.
Over the last six decades, the AGW Biennial has reinvented itself numerous times, experimenting and shifting its paradigms to understand cultural production in this diverse region. In 2004, for the first time the Biennial expanded its scope to include artists from its neighbours across the border. The 2011 AGW Biennial showcases an emerging momentum towards collaborative and interdisciplinary art practices that bridges artists across the 100-mile radius.
Douglas Bedard, Ron Benner, Dan Bernyk, Sarah Beveridge, David Bobier, Randy Bolton, Dickson Bou, Broken City Lab, Mira Burack & Narine Kchikian, Patricia Coates, Christopher Gideon, Ken Giles, Jamelie Hassan & Anna Wieselgren, Ed Janzen, Cyndra MacDowall, The ManosBuckius Cooperative, Mike Marcon, Alex McKay, Christopher McNamara, Riaz Mehmood, Dylan Miner, Zeke Moores (shortlisted nominee for the 2011 Sobey Art Award), Stephen G.A. Mueller, Margaret Parker, Brenda Francis Pelkey, Nadja Pelkey, Megan Press, Victor Romao, Julie Sando, José Seoane, Laura Shintani, Wayne Tousignant & Darren Stanley, and Jennifer Willet
Guest Curator: IAIN BAXTER&
FRIDAYS LIVE! 14 October 2011, 7 pm - 10 pm
Curator's Tour at 7 pm - 8 pm
Opening Reception 8 pm - 10 pm with live music by Chris Blais / Nordmach
Admission $7, free for AGW members and children 12 and under
Don't miss Alive & Well 2011 by Broken City Lab on the City of Windsor parking lot, south of the AGW
See live streaming of Alex McKay's The Capture of Fort Detroit (Claude mirror webcam installation #5) 2011
Wednesdays at 2 pm, part of FREE Wednesdays
Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm free with admission f
Curators' tour: December 8 2011, 7pm - 8pm
Guest Curator IAIN BAXTER& AGW's Curator of Contemporary Art, Srimoyee Mitra, will lead an insightful tour of the biennial. Free with admission.
PLEASE DON'T GO by Stephan G A Mueller
7-11 December and 14-18 December, 2011, during gallery hours
Stephen G A Mueller performs PLEASE DON'T GO part of the 2011 AGW Biennial. Mueller will inhabit a display case, constructed of two-way mirrored glass; the proportions of the case has been designed specifically to accommodate his body. Ritually transcribing and reorganizing, Mueller represents his daily struggles with "an uncooperative mind, an exercise in self-involved psychoanalysis, a living cenotaph, a time machine and, above all, a reason for trying."
Free with admission. Wednesdays free.