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!

Prairie Gothic - Virtual Mini Tour

Jun 26th, 2021

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Virtual Mini Tour:

Prairie Gothic

Join MAG Curator of Art, Joanne Gruenberg, for a mini tour of the current exhibition, A Prairie Vernacular: Folk & Contemporary Art Narratives of Life On the Canadian Prairies. We will examine the genre of Prairie Gothic and its use of irony, dark narratives and tragic loss as inspiration for artists working in this style.

painting, storm, dark sky blacks and whites, little cabin on right with lady

George Tosczak, detail of MY DESPERATE ROOTS (I LIVED HERE IN THE 1930'S), 1998. Acrylic on canvas. Collection of Alberta Foundation for the Arts

This program streamed live via our Youtube and Facebook channels on June 26, 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.

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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