Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November at a Glance

Our programming for the month of November offers a fresh opportunity for visitors to explore and interact with the current exhibitions and experience different perspectives from artists, collectors and instructors from across Canada.


Thurs. November 13, 7:00 pm
John Oravec: The Collector's Commitment

The current exhibition, Art Lab: Activated Absence, provides an in-depth look at some challenging pieces from the permanent collection by Ron Martin, offering visitors the opportunity to develop new relationships with these abstract works.

Perhaps nobody knows what it is like to live with Martin's paintings better than local art collector John Oravec. Over the past decade, Oravec has amassed a varied collection of Canadian contemporary art. Oravec will sit down with JNAAG Curator Lisa Daniels to provide insight into his personal motivation for collecting contemporary art, the relationship he develops to abstract work, and what it is like to live and interact with the pieces in his home.

Thurs. November, 20, 7:00 pm
dorkbot 7.1: NAISA- FM Transmitter Workshop

Our popular dorkbot program returns this November, inspired by the exhibition David Rokeby: Very Nervous System.

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) will return from Toronto to lead an exciting sound-based workshop that will guide participants through the process of soldering together the components to create your very own operational FM micro-transmitter.

Thurs. November 27, 7:00 pm

Phil Jenkins: An Acre of Time

In the current exhibition, Our Own Back Yard artists Mary Abma and Lyndal Osborne collect and interpret both natural and industrial materials as a way of understanding our human relationship with the natural world.

Ottawa based author, journalist musician, and historian Phil Jenkins shares a similar passion for understanding how events in the past have affected our current environment. Jenkins will offer selected readings from his inventive novel An Acre of Time, a snapshot of the historical, political and geological events that shaped a single acre of land in downtown Ottawa. Jenkins accompany his readings with a musical performances inspired by passages from the novel.

Free Contemporary Film Screenings

Sat. November 15, 1:00 pm
Herb & Dorothy
By Megumi Sasaki

Most of us go through the world, never seeing anything. Then you meet somebody like Herb and Dorothy, who have eyes that see. – Richard Tuttle, artist

Building on the conversation of developing a personal relationship to contemporary art, Herb & Dorothy tells the extraordinary tale of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a seemingly ordinary couple who filled their humble one-bedroom New York apartment with more than 4,000 works of art over a 45-year period Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki turns her lens on the Vogels during a critical period of transition for the couple and their cherished collection.

Sat. November 29, 1:00 pm
Mark Rothko's Rooms
by David Thompson

Through his large scale paintings, artist Mark Rothko hoped to evoke an emotional response within the viewer, stirred by his use of luminous colour and dreamlike surfaces. He hoped to create a relationship that invited visitors became an active participant of the pictorial space.

This 2000 documentary from director David Thompson chronicles Rothko's illustrious career, using interviews with family members, friends, artists, art historians, collectors, and curators, drawing an intimate portrait that provides insight into the man and his masterpieces.

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