Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Carrying on Irregardless! Opening tonight

This Wednesday, September 12th the Bill Reid Gallery launches their new exhibition,  
 Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art 
The exhibition is co-curated by Peter Morin and Martine Reid. 
Most of the 60 pieces in the exhibition were produced during the last 15 years and many have not previously been exhibited. They include a rich and provocative range of works—paintings, sculptures, drawings, masks, etchings, photographs, textiles, jewelry and video installations. Works in "Irregardless" use humour, irony, parody and satire to challenge stereotypes and raise unexpected questions. 
Bill Reid Gallery
639 Hornby Street 
Vancouver, BC
Our first public program of this exhibition, and part of the SFU Public Square Events will be:
An Evening with Drew Hayden Taylor in Conversation with Skeena Reece  – What Makes Him Laugh?
Drew directed Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew in 2000, a documentary that asked fellow writers and Aboriginal creative luminaries what makes them laugh, why Aboriginal humour, and what is there to laugh about? Now we ask Drew what makes him laugh. How does his creative work weave absent fathers and abandonment issues into funny stuff? Screening ofRedskins,Tricksters and Puppy Stew included. 
Thursday, September 13th 6:00 – 8:00pm Fletcher Challenge Theatre, SFU VancouverAdmission by donation (suggested donation $5.00).
From the website:
Works in "Irregardless" use humour, irony, parody and satire to challenge stereotypes and raise unexpected questions. "This exhibition continues the Bill Reid Gallery's growing tradition of exploring new themes in contemporary Northwest Coast art." said Mike Robinson, Executive Director, Bill Reid Gallery.

A 120-page richly illustrated companion book will be on sale in the Gallery Gift Shop, September 12th.

The exhibition will run from September 12, 2012 through March 17, 2013 at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver.

Along with the exhibition, the Bill Reid Gallery will present Laughing "Irregardless": Multimedia Aboriginal Humour, a celebration of humour's power to heal and unify. Curated and moderated by Aboriginal filmmaker, Loretta Todd, the series is part of the SFU Public Square events, and will run through March 2013 (See public programs for more info).

"Irregardless" Explained
"Irregardless" was one of Bill Reid's favourite intentional misuses of a word, always with a mischievous twinkle in his eye to see if his listener "got it". 

Visit Bill Reid Gallery for more information

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