October 2012

Saturday, October 13

NOCTURNE: Art at Night   6:00pm - Midnight

Exhibitions, artists, and studio workshops....come by until MIDNIGHT!  Make sure you're here for BLAST BEATS, a special performance with artist Lisa Lipton and musicians at 9:00pm in the Ondaatje Couryard.  

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BLAST BEATS - 5 drummers, 5 kits, lights, beats and motorcycles: BLAST BEATS is an extensive multi-media installation and performance project that combines Lipton's current practices as both a visual artist and musician. Through historical research, community collaboration and dialogue, visual exploration and musical composition, this project aims to unite the fields of visual arts and music through creating a site-specific performance related to drumming and the influence of rhythm on our daily lives. In keeping with her collaborative approach to artmaking, BLAST BEATS brings artists from other genres together (in this case, drummers) to create a hynoptic, physical work of that art that must be experienced. Not to be missed! 

Nova Voce musical performances

Location: Gallery 5, Gallery North First Floor
Time: Performances at 8:00pm and 10:00pm 
Each performance is approximately 45 minutes
With  the  founding  of  Nova  Voce  in  2004, a  new  and  distinctive voice was added to Nova Scotia’s choral landscape. Reviewing a concert at Halifax’s Neptune Theatre less than a year later, Stephen Pederson wrote: “They astonished me with their opening chord, a sound as soft as velvet and deep as midnight. This is definitely a choir to keep an ear on.” The choir continues to fulfill its mandate by singing in venues throughout Nova Scotia and beyond. Nova Voce is pleased to be participating for the first time in Nocturne at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Thursday, October 18

Curator's Talk    7:00pm

Join Sarah Fillmore, Curator of Canadian Pioneers: Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven, Masterworks from the Sobey Collections, for an interactive tour of this new exhibition.

AGNS/Phoenix Art Studio Fall Session Begins    5:30 - 8:30pm

For its 12th consecutive year, this partnership program offers youth, involved with Phoenix Youth Programs, an artist-facilitated workshop and light dinner.

Saturday, October 20

Autism Arts children's studio art classes begin for the fall session.

Sunday, October 21

Telus Family Sunday: Celebrating the artist Emily Carr   1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us for an afternoon of hands-on studio activities inspired by the artist Emily Carr. Come prepared to do lots of painting, just like Emily.

Tuesday, October 23 to Friday October 26

Ballen Jorgen Dance Installation
Two performances daily at 10:00am and 2:00pm

Two dancers with ties to Nova Scotia create and perform dance at the AGNS. Choreographer and Halifax resident, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson and Hannah Mae Cruddas, a Nova Scotia native and dancer with Ballet Jorgen Canada will perform two pieces inspired by Canadian visual artists.

The first piece is inspired by the works of Emily Carr. Performed to the music, Spiegel Im Spiegel, the piece attempts to capture the movement within the brushstrokes of Emily Carr's trees. Similar to the paintings, Ms. Jackson's choreography siezes upon the tension inherent in broad, sweeping and expansive movements performed in a small, confined space.

The second piece is based on and will be danced alongside the multi-media installation by Attila Richard Lukacs recently gifted to the Gallery by BMO Financial Group. Here, Ms. Jackson will focus on the quirky nature of the sculpture asking Hannah Mae to perform contemporary steps that are intricate, quick and overlapping. Darker themes may be in play but the dancer's movements are light, similar to those of a jester.

The audience is invited to engage with Hannah after the performance.

Thursday, October 25

French Film and Tour Night, title of film TBA     6:30pm

Sunday, October 28

An Artist's View of Illness: The Art of Robert Pope, a special presentation by Dr. T. Jock Murray at 2:30pm

Dr. T. Jock Murray, Emeritus Professor and former Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie University, has used the art of Robert Pope for the last two decades to teach medical students how to see illness from the patient's perspective. In the initial years Robert Pope would discuss these views with the medical students, and after he died Dr; Murray carried on the message at Dalhousie and at other medical schools in Canada and the United States. Robert Pope's art is a unique view of the suffering, hope and recovery experienced by patients and their families.

Tuesday, October 30

Pick of the Month from 12:15pm - 12:45pm

Join Kris Webster, Assistant Curator of Programs for a talk on Tom Thomson's artwork, Moonlight.

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