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Patricia Piccinini, The Long Awaited (2008)

Patricia Piccinini, The Long Awaited (2008) [Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB, Sep 28-Jan 2]

Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination

Glenbow Museum
Calgary AB – Sep 28, 2012-Jan 2, 2013

Kate Clark, It Depends (2009)

Kate Clark, It Depends (2009) [Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB, Sep 28-Jan 2] Collection of Brian Brisson

Yinka Shonibarem, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (America) (2008)

Yinka Shonibarem, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (America) (2008) [Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB, Sep 28-Jan 2]

David Altmejd, Untitled (Man’s Hard Idea Comes Out Of His Head (2007)

David AltmejdUntitled (Man’s Hard Idea Comes Out Of His Head (2007), oil on board [Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB, Sep 28-Jan 2]

Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination is an exhibition of contemporary artwork inspired by stories, myths, fairy tales and science fiction in which the boundaries between people and animals are blurred or transgressed. The 29 contributors – including art stars like Cindy Sherman, the Chapman Brothers, Kiki Smith and Winnipeg-born Marcel Dzama – examine our relationship to nature and technology through approximately 60 paintings, photographs, sculptures and video works.

With reference to medieval bestiaries, nursery rhymes, Surrealist art practices, psychology, psychiatry and experimental science, some of the artists delve into the history of hybrid human-animal connections. Others apply variations of “monster” themes to symbolize society’s darker impulses and to explore notions of the outsider/stranger. In general, the show questions what it means to be human in an era of genetic experimentation.

The exhibit originated from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville and was previously shown in Canada to popular acclaim at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Glenbow Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Vanderbilt University Press.

Please note: Works in this exhibition address mature themes not suitable for all audiences.

www.glenbow.org

Mia Johnson


 Fri, Nov 2, 2012