Fall bringing new wave of exhibits to the Glenbow

Sayonara Soundsuits: The Nick Cave exhibition at the Glenbow Museum showcases “soundsuits” in Calgary on Sept. 12. Cave is an American artist whose work took up the featured spot at the Glenbow Museum until Sept. 22.(Photo by Brandon Wong/The Press)

The Glenbow Museum is preparing to change a number of its exhibitions on Oct. 19th and Sarah Todd, one of the museum’s art curators, has provided a preview of what’s to come.

The Glenbow had several exhibitions on display such as Second Skin, Our Beloved by Ed Pien, and Feat. by Nick Cave which was the featured show, over the summer and early falll.

All of these are considered travelling exhibits departed the Glenbow Museum by Sept. 22.

“The Glenbow has a range of different exhibitions every season, so some of them are travelling shows,” Todd said. “Travelling shows, like the Nick Cave exhibit, are a limited time thing.”

Replacing the marquee Nick Cave exhibition is a show by Sybil Andrews, an English-Canadian artist who specializes in printmaking and linoleum.

Todd said visitors can expect colourful, beautiful, retro, and graphic prints as the museum hosts the world’s largest collection of Andrews’ artwork.

“Sybil Andrews was active during the ‘30s and ‘40s,” Todd said.

“We forget that being an artist during this time was not a normal occupation for a woman.”

Todd emphasized that Andrews exhibition will showcase work that pioneered printmaking.

Curator of Creativity: Sarah Todd, a curator at the Glenbow Museum,with part of the Nick Cave exhibition on Sept. 12. Todd is preparing for a new set of exhibitions that are coming to the Glenbow on Oct. 19. (Photo by Brandon Wong/The Press)

“Being an artist in the ‘30s meant you’d be working with paint primarily,” Todd said. “She was working with new technology.”

Alongside the Sybil Andrews exhibit there will also be an exhibition called Extraordinary Objects.

Extraordinary Objects will be a contemporary collection replacing Our Beloved by Ed Pien.

The exhibit will feature pieces from five different artists, created from normal, everyday materials.

Calgary doesn’t give itself enough credit as a community that cares about culture. – Sarah Todd

“By normal materials, we usually mean disposable materials,” Todd said.

“Taking everyday objects and elevating them into the realm of fine art is the key theme of this new exhibit.”

Todd said that the Extraordinary Objects will have pieces created out of underwear, linoleum, and other material.

“It’s just looking at the potential of the stuff that surrounds us,” Todd said.

“It’s making the ordinary extraordinary through material intervention.”

To celebrate the Sybil Andrews collection, the Glenbow Museum has also decided to create a publication to coincide with the launch of the exhibition, something that isn’t done often.

“Making books is hard and time consuming,” Todd said.

“But for very special exhibitions, like the Sybil Andrews exhibition, when we feel we can add something to the discourse around that art, we will make a publication.”

The Glenbow will hold a launch party on Oct. 19th for the new exhibitions which is also open to the public.

Admission to the launch party will be by donation.

Todd said that new visitors to the Glenbow should consider coming on the first Thursday of each month when admission is free.

“Calgary doesn’t give itself enough credit as a community that cares about culture,” Todd said.

“We need art and culture to be the world class city that Calgary aspires to be.”

Labour of Identity: An untitled work by Nick Cave hangs at the Glenbow Museum on Sept. 12. Cave’s work focusses on identity, race, social justice and more. (Photo by Brandon Wong/The Press)