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A Prairie Vernacular: Curator's Talk

May 15th, 2021

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Curator's Talk:

A Prairie Vernacular: Folk & Contemporary Art Narratives of Life On the Canadian Prairies

Join Curators Jennifer McRorie and Joanne Marion of A Prairie Vernacular: Folk & Contemporary Art Narratives of Life On the Canadian Prairies for a virtual Curator's Talk about the exhibition. They will discuss the Prairie Vernacular exhibition project, followed by a ‘Q & A’ period.

This event streamed live to our Youtube and Facebook channels on May 15, 2021. View the recording below:


About the Curators:

Jennifer McRorie is the Curatorial Director at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan since 2015. She has been active for more than twenty years in the Saskatchewan arts community as an arts administrator, curator, arts writer and visual artist, serving in many roles within various arts organizations and galleries, including the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, CARFAC Saskatchewan, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, Elsie Scherle Gallery and the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, where she started out as a curatorial intern. She holds a MFA with distinction from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and a BFA from the University of Regina.

Joanne Marion was the Curator/Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat, Alberta, for the past 3 years. Prior to that position, she was Curator/Director of the Esplanade Art Gallery for 17 years. She has curated many solo, group and touring exhibitions and produced numerous exhibition catalogues, as well as contributed texts for collaborative curatorial and publication projects. She received a BFA from Queens University and an MFA from the University of Guelph.

A Prairie Vernacular

A Prairie Vernacular examines historic and contemporary representations of the vernacular in artistic practice on the Canadian prairies, considering the relationship of folk art to contemporary art produced in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

These representations of the vernacular not only adopt the materials, methods and/or motivations of a folk aesthetic, but speak to shared contexts and subject matter, either reflecting on memories and histories of life on the prairies or presenting visual narratives rife with humour, fantasy, myth, politics, religion, and the prairie gothic.

Learn More

This exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) until August 16, 2021.

Image credit (top) L-R: Kenneth HouseGo, Casual Distress, Harvester, 1985, Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  Ann Harbuz, Inside Views of Whitkow, 1980.  Jude Griebel, Grandmother, 2012.  William Panko, Happy Cabbages, n.d., Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  Jane Zednik, Bull, 1980.  Amalie Atkins, Scenes from a Secret World, 2010.

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