As the MAG is in a City-owned facility, we will be adhering to City of Red Deer policy and taking part in the provincial Restrictions Exemption Program. All staff and visitors to the building must wear masks and practice social distancing at all times. Check out our recent blog post for recent announcements about visitation and program restrictions. Visit our Calendar of Events for What's On this month!

A Vernacular Aesthetic - Virtual Mini Tour

May 29th, 2021

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Virtual Mini Tour:

A Vernacular Aesthetic

painting of prairie scene; house on hill, school house in foreground on right. blue sky, yellow grass

Join MAG Curator of Art, Pat Matheson, for a mini tour of the current exhibition, A Prairie Vernacular: Folk & Contemporary Art Narratives of Life On the Canadian Prairies. We will look at what the Vernacular Aesthetic actually is. What defines the Vernacular Aesthetic? What design principals and art media did artists use to create work in this style?

This program streamed live on our Youtube and Facebook channels on May 29, 2021. View the recording below:

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.

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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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