October 2013
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Message from the Director
Mary Jo Hughes

So many changes are underway at the University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries, our name is just the start! Our new name reminds us of our foundation as a vital collection of enduring works of art and reveals a wide range of possibilities for active programming. Its plural form emphasizes that we are a multi-site gallery, with a venue serving the community at large (the Legacy Downtown) and the campus proper (the Legacy Maltwood at McPherson Library).

The word "Legacy" itself connects our main venues, instilling the notion that we draw from the legacies of past and future donors, starting with artist, collector and founder Katharine Maltwood, through businessman and downtown advocate Michael C. Williams, and continuing today with the gifts of art, support and talent of many others. We invite you to join in UVic's legacy by contributing to—and learning from—the collection and programs at its Legacy Art Galleries.

Second, we want to share our new mission statement with you:

As a leader in cultural and academic collaborations, we reach across disciplines, within and beyond the university to engage curiosity, inspire creativity, and foster research and learning through art.

In recent staff retreats and outside consultation processes, we asked the question: "What distinguishes the mission of the Legacy Art Galleries?" Repeatedly we arrived at our mandate: to collaborate with campus and community partners as we highlight the creative work, research and teaching that UVic faculty, staff and students achieve through art. The upcoming exhibition Paradox, featuring the current art practice of the faculty in the Visual Arts department, is a prime example; Shakespeare's "Big Books", this fall, showcased the collaborative efforts of the Department of English, UVic's Library, Legacy and the broader cultural community. Earlier this spring, Legacy Galleries presented an exhibition highlighting the research of faculty members from the departments of Anthropology and Social Work who worked with First Nations communities to reunite residential school survivors with their childhood art. In this way, we continue to chart a course that is varied, vital and deeply relevant to our campus and to the greater communities where we live.

Please see below the many activities happening at Legacy including the opening reception of Paradox at the Legacy Downtown on Friday, November 1 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Mary Jo Hughes

New Exhibitions
Daniel Laskarin's blue chair :: if this

Daniel Laskarin, blue chair::if this

Paradox: Vikky Alexander, Lynda Gammon, Daniel Laskarin, Sandra Meigs, Jennifer Stillwell, Paul Walde, Robert Youds

October 31, 2013 to January 11, 2013

par-a-dox n. 1. A statement that seems to contradict itself but may nonetheless be true.

The notion of paradox provides an apt means of curating eight divergent artists who make up the University of Victoria's Visual Arts department. Despite their widely varying practices, they share fundamental interests in the contradictory nature of our very physical and psychic experiences in, and of, the world around us.

Paradox presents the recent work of the artists teaching in department of Visual Arts of the University of Victoria. The seven faculty members (Daniel Laskarin, Sandra Meigs, Robert Youds, Vikky Alexander, Lynda Gammon, Jennifer Stillwell, and Paul Walde) are mid-career and senior artists with national and international careers. Each artist will be represented by work characteristic of current practice relating to the theme of the paradox implicit in our experience of art.

Paradox aims to bring wider understanding to the particular strengths of this nationally acclaimed academic program, which is rooted in explorations of phenomenology and in the perceptual, conceptual, and interactive contexts of contemporary visual art.

Join us at the Legacy Downtown on December 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. for Music for Mycologists with LaSaM's Experimental Music Unit. The concert will be followed by a reception. See below or LaSaM's website for more information about the event.

Sandra Meigs' In the Highest Room

Sandra Meigs, In the Highest Room

Paradox Opening Reception

Friday, November 1, 2013, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Legacy Downtown

Meet the artists and celebrate their work with us. AFter our reception, join is at Open Space at 7:30 p.m. for the opening of faculty member Sandra Meigs' solo exhibition, The Basement Panoramas.

Karen Kunc's Fractured Terrain

Karen Kunc, Fractured Terrain

Art of the Book

November 22, 2013 to March 14, 2014

Legacy Maltwood (at McPherson Library)

Art of the Book 2013 both embodies and defies the traditional definition of what a book can be. The content ranges from calligraphy to blackout poetry, while the books take on imaginative forms such as luggage-style tags and DNA's double helix. Drawing from ancient techniques, the artists have represented a full history of book making, including the modern e-book. Organized by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, this 30th anniversary juried exhibit features award winning work from some of the best makers in Canada and the United States. A companion exhibit of the 31st annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada is featured in the adjacent McPherson Library Special Collections Reading Room from October 28 November 29.

Join us on Monday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. for a tour and reception in the McPherson Library Mearns Centre for Leaning, room A027.

Peter and Donna Thomas' The Alder

Peter Thomas and Donna Thomas, The Alder

Art of the Book Opening Reception

Monday, November 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

McPherson Library Mearns Centre for Learning, room A027

Join us on for an opening reception with light refreshments in the McPherson Library Mearns Centre for Learning, room A027. A tour of the exhibition with a local CBBAG member will follow.

Black thread, buttons and a sewing needle

Thread, buttons and sewing needle

Big Button Blanket Project

January 2014

Atrium Building (820 Yates) and Legacy Downtown

This exhibition will feature the world's largest button blanket, created by designer and artist consultant Peter Morin with elder button blanket makers in Victoria and students of Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, Williams Legacy Chair in modern and contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest. Upon its completion in January 2014, it will be part of a ceremonial dance with Peter Morin and Rebecca Belmore at the Atrium Building (820 Yates).

After the performance at the Atrium Building, the blanket will be exhibited at the Legacy Downtown alongside historic button blankets, photographs and other related material.

See below for more information on how you can participate in the Button Drive and the Community "Sew-In"s in support of the Big Button Blanket Project.

Exhibitions Closing Soon
Richard Hunt's An Eagle [and golf course]

Richard Hunt, An Eagle [and golf course]

Coalescence: Bridging Contemporaneity and Tradition

Continuing until November 18, 2013

Legacy Maltwood (at McPherson Library)

This exhibition at the Legacy Maltwood offers an in-depth look at the work of five contemporary Northwest Coast artists: Francis Dick, Charles Elliott, Richard Hunt, Tim Paul and Moy Sutherland. Drawing on works from the University of Victoria's extensive Northwest Coast print collection, this exhibition demonstrates how the artists use traditional stylistic elements and cultural references to express contemporary experience. These five artists represent the three main culture groups of Vancouver Island: Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw and were selected for their innovative work as well as their longstanding influential relationships with both the university and the local community.

Highlights of the exhibition include Richard Hunt's An Eagle [and golf course], which injects both humour and unexpected imagery into a traditional formline composition, and Francis Dick's Comes a Woman, which addresses female spirituality. Additional themes include environmentalism, the Christian faith, cultural revival, commercialization, mentorship and personal relationships. The prints are accompanied by quotes from the artist providing insight into the inspiration and creative process associated with the work.

Activities at the Legacy Downtown
Peter Morin with a button blanket at Buckingham Palace

Peter Morin at Buckingham Palace, Performance intervention 2013. Photo by Dylan Robinson.

Button Drive—Be a part of a Legacy project!

October 2013

Legacy Downtown

In preparation for the Big Button Blanket Project, the Williams Legacy Chair is collecting donations of flat, sew-through buttons and the stories behind those buttons throughout October.

We have no restrictions on the size, colour or number of buttons donated. Contributions can be made at the following locations and times:

  • Legacy Downtown, 630 Yates Street, Wednesday-Saturday 10-4 p.m.
  • Dance Victoria, 111-2750 Quadra Street (North Entrance), Monday-Friday 10-4 p.m.
  • UVic History in Art Department, Room 151, Fine Arts Building, Monday-Friday 8-4 p.m.
  • UVic Office of Indigenous Affairs, Room 140, First Peoples House, Monday-Friday 8:30-4 p.m.

We welcome contributions of buttons and button tales (by anyone over 18 years old). We are currently collecting buttons and stories about buttons to be used in the making of the Big Button Blanket intended to be danced at the Atrium Building at 800 Yates Street and exhibited at the Legacy Downtown in January 2014.

To participate, please fill out our provenance record (your story of where the buttons came from) and attach your button to it. Participation implies informed consent. Buttons and provenance records will not be returned; instead they will be sewn into the blanket. The blanket may stay at UVic or may be given away.

On Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting October 24, there will be Community "Sew-In"s at the First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall on the UVic campus. Bring your red, white or black thread and a sewing needle to join in the fun.

If you have any questions regarding the button drive, please contact us at 250-721-6562.

Karl Spreitz with a film camera in Squamish BC

Karl Spreitz in Squamish, BC

Karl Spreitz at the Antimatter Film Festival

October 24, 2013 7:00 pm

Legacy Downtown and Deluge Contemporary Art (636 Yates)

The Antimatter Film Festival is presenting a rare opportunity to view a selection of films from one of Victoria's most prolific and irrepressible filmmakers. Karl Spreitz recently turned over a large part of his film archive, mainly 16mm film in various stages of production, to the University of Victoria.

Over three decades, Spreitz produced a tremendous range of work, both documentary and experimental. Andy Warhol called him "the master of instant retrospectives." Spreitz was highly collaborative and produced films alongside artists and friends such as Colin Browne, Vicky Husband, Anne Mayhew, Michael Morris and Herbert Siebner. His films are a window into the history of film production in British Colombia as well his political, environmental, artistic and personal subject matter.

Spreitz's films will be shown at Deluge Gallery (634 Yates Street) on October 24 at 7:00 pm. His short film Don't will be part of an window installation at the Legacy Downtown from October 18 to November 3. For more information on the Antimatter film festival, visit their website. To learn more about Karl Spreitz and his work, visit our online gallery. The festival runs from October 18 to November 3.

Four panels with growing mold

Paul Walde, Indeterminacy 2012

Music for Mycologists

December 1, 2013 2 p.m.

Legacy Downtown

Join us for a concert with Victoria's LaSaM new ensemble Experimental Music Unit at the Legacy Downtown.

American composer John Cage was an avid mycologist. Cage often quipped that music and mushrooms have nothing to do with one another except for the fact that they appear next to each other in the dictionary. LaSaM's new ensemble Experimental Music Unit will put the veracity of this statement to the test.

Paul Walde, faculty member in UVic's Department of Visual Art and one of the artists featured in the exhibition Paradox, has produced large mushroom spore prints, which together compose a music score intended to be interpreted sonically when exhibited. Accordingly, the musicians, Tina Pearson (glass, flute, voice), George Tzanetakis (bass clarinet) and Walde (bass guitar and percussion), present a program of compositions by ensemble members that use mushroom hunting as a metaphor for uncovering those sounds of rare and raw beauty that exist just beyond perception. Since 2008, LaSaM has been noted for its adventurous sound and music events that inspire new ways of listening.

More information about the concert is available here.

Exterior of the Legact Art Gallery Downtown

Legacy Downtown

City Talks: Religion and the City

Legacy Downtown

A distinguished lecture series co-sponsored by the University of Victoria's Committee for Urban Studies and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. Join scholars for public presentations and discussions of the conflicts, pleasures, and politics of city life.

All presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.

October 24, 2013

The Unexpected Other: Place of Worship, City Planning, and Social Transactions in Montreal with Annick Germain, National Institute for Scientific Research—Centre for Urbanization, Culture, and Society.

November 21, 2013

The City in the Religious Imagination with Myer Siemiatycki, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University.

December 2, 2013

Religious Diversity and Spatial Justice with Valerie Amiraux, Department of Sociology, University of Montreal.

For more information about the lecture series, please contact 250-721-6562 or redwood(at)uvic(dot)ca.

Rent the Legacy Downtown

Legacy Downtown Main Gallery

Venue Rental

The Legacy Art Gallery Downtown is a dynamic space ideal for meetings, lectures and special events. Located in a historic building in the heart of downtown Victoria, the gallery offers a unique and affordable venue with curated exhibitions as a backdrop to your event. The main gallery is suitable for larger groups and the Legacy Classroom is used for smaller meetings.

Our gallery staff would be pleased to assist in tailoring your event to meet your goals and budget. For more information, including availability and rental rates, please visit our website or contact us at 250-721-6562.

All funds raised support the exhibitions and programming at the Legacy Art Galleries.

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