Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Upcoming Exhibitions

Patricia Reed: The One and the Many

Curated by Heather Anderson

12 September – 11 December 2016

Featuring a constellation of works by the Canadian Berlin-based artist, this exhibition explores Reed’s focus on globality. Deploying familiar nation-state symbols and their representational tools of exchange—anthems, bureaucratic forms, flag iconography, and currencies—her works highlight the logics under which our world is ordered. Through drawing, video, audio, and book works, Reed amplifies and recomposes these appropriated forms into aggregates that foreground the need for new models of identification and transaction that reflect our complex global condition.


Curated by Cara Tierney

12 September 2016 – 12 February 2017

Celebrating queer experiences that emerge from transactional creative exchanges, the artists in TRANSACTIONS define, refine, redefine, exult themselves today for the (a)genders of tomorrow; linking communities and challenging ideas of authenticity, allyship, belonging and being.

Elisha Lim’s illustrations reveal a pronounced sense of identity culled through personal moments of shared experience while Kama La Mackerel irreverently challenges public space in an exuberant and affirmative performance. Oli Rodriguez takes to the internet to connect with a lost parent’s lovers and Coco Guzman and Elisha Lim’s Los Sentidos offers a video portrait of love in the digital age. Morgan Sea’s photo journal of a return home capitalizes on the Internet’s photographic mutability, and her humorous zines deliver an intimate experience at the hands of her playful drawings and text. Ottawa residents will recognize the increasingly familiar painting style of Kalkidan Assefa as the show unfolds in the visual embrace of this unswerving ally.


Curated by Matthew Conte and Lesley McNaughton

12 September 2016 – 12 February 2017

genderhow? questions, challenges, and dismantles how we understand, experience, and embrace intersectional gender identities and expressions.  Drawn from CUAG’s collection, these works expose and critique traditional notions of how masculinities and femininities are performed.  The photographs selected from series by Jennifer Dickson, Gabrielle de Montmollin, Becky Singleton, and Douglas Walker, and a video by Kent Monkman, encapsulate the gendered body as transformative, unstable, and temporary.  These artworks radically challenge the status quo and reimagine the concept of gender as multiple, complex, violent, and beautiful.  This exhibition is an invitation to radically reconsider your lived experiences with gender and how it is continuously performed, negotiated, and re-performed.

We Are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)

Produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto with the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, and sponsored by The Rossy Family Foundation

12 September – 11 December 2016

The visionary American writer and author of the celebrated poem Howl, Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997), kept his camera constantly at his side. From 1953 until 1963 he made numerous, often exuberant photographs of himself and his friends, including Beat writers William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, and Jack Kerouac. For years Ginsberg’s photographs languished among his papers. When he rediscovered them in the 1980s, he reprinted them, adding handwritten inscriptions. Guided by photographers Berenice Abbott and Robert Frank, he was inspired to take up his camera again, recording longtime friends and new acquaintances.
The photographs in “We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996) form a vivid portrait of the Beat Generation, a term that came to describe those who rebelled against the materialism and conformity of middle-class America and embraced freedom, sexual openness, spontaneity, and speed. Yet Ginsberg’s photographs are more than historical documents. The same qualities that governed his poetry—intense observation of the world, appreciation for the beauty of the vernacular, and faith in intuitive expression—also permeate his photographs. Drawing on the most common form of photography, the snapshot, he created spontaneous, uninhibited pictures of ordinary events to celebrate what he called “the sacredness of the moment.” With their captions, which often reflect on the passage of time, Ginsberg’s photographs are both records and recollections of an era.
The photographs in the exhibition are selected from The Rossy Family Foundation gift to the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.