Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Upcoming Exhibitions

Patricia Reed

Curated by Heather Anderson

12 September – 11 December 2016

This exhibition features a constellation of works by the Berlin-based artist that reflect on global and political economy.


Curated by Cara Tierney

12 September – 11 December 2016

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.

We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)

Curated by Barbara Fischer & John Shoesmith

Organized & circulated by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto with the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Circulating Exhibition Sponsor: 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.