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Fall Art Gala Celebrates Four New Exhibitions at CCAG

September 30, 2014

Official opening this Sunday, October 5 at Confederation Centre

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is celebrating the opening of four new exhibitions with a public reception, this Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m. Almost 50 years ago exactly, on October 6, 1964, Confederation Centre was formally opened by Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and a number of the fall exhibitions celebrate the Centre's unique design and history.

Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 years on explores a series of major works of architecture that resulted from the celebration of Canada's centennial in 1967. These projects, in the youthfulness and vigour of their design, matched well to the vitality and optimism of Canada in the 1960s. Confederation Centre's official opening was the first of these significant buildings and the complex's model, photographs, and conceptual drawings are included among many other items. All the buildings presented, from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to the UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta are important documents of that particular moment in Canadian life and culture. This exhibition has been supported locally by the Canada Council for the Arts, the estate of Marc Gallant, and the Architects Association of P.E.I. The exhibition co-curators from Ryerson University, Marco Polo and Colin Ripley will be in attendance this Sunday.

The sculptural installation, The Face Stayed East the Mouth Went West, from Montreal collective Séripop, is set to light up the Entrance Gallery. "In keeping with the focus on the 50th anniversary of the complex, we are pleased to present Séripop's creative response to the Centre's architecture and its history," says Gallery Director, Kevin Rice. The artist duo describe their project as a result of research into the way that the "physical components of the complex show visible traces of a sort of entropy; the accumulation of a series of different weathering processes, adaptations, renovations, and replacements."

Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape is a new exhibition celebrating the influence of landscape in Canadian textile traditions and contemporary art. Circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada, this exhibition embodies significant social histories, regional traditions, and folklore from many far-reaching corners. Selections are included from contemporary artists such as Amalie Atkins, Douglas Coupland, and Graeme Patterson as well as work by Island artist Rilla Marshall, from the Gallery's permanent collection.

Already opened earlier this month is Canada's Pre-eminent Showman: The Artistry of Alan Lund, celebrating the work of the dancer, choreographer, and director who many credit as the ‘father of the Canadian musical.' A co-production between the Art Gallery and Dance Collection Danse (DCD), and curated by DCD's Amy Bowring, the exhibition is showing in the concourse gallery.

As well, opening on October 25, is internationally-acclaimed Canadian artist Cathy Busby‘s exhibition, Acquired in 1964, which focuses critical attention on the Gallery's collecting practices. Busby's work aims to re-examine the collection's genesis by re-hanging every existing object acquired the year the Centre was opened.

Visit confederationcentre.com/artgallery for hours of operation, and additional gallery event and exhibition information. All are welcome for the opening reception this Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m. in the Gallery. This free public event will feature brief remarks from a selection of the artists and curators, live music, and a cash bar.

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Photo Cutline: The original 1961 model for Confederation Centre of the Arts, from the new exhibition Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 years on, opening October 5 in the Art Gallery (detail; Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakoploulos, Lebensold, and Sise, architects; 1961.)

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