May
26
7:00 PM19:00

Storefront MB Presents: Table For 1200 More

  • Location of the event will be announced the day of! (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

TableFor1200More highlights Winnipeg’s emerging design scene by bringing together architecture, design, and the culinary arts to create an evening of entertainment and stimulating conversation in an absolutely unique setting. At approximately 1200 feet long, TableFor1200More is a truly spectacular ‘pop-up’ outdoor dining experience that attracts both local and international media attention. The event is a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in a public conversation about the value of architecture, design culture and the city. It takes place in an amazing urban space in Winnipeg, announced to guests one-hour prior to the occasion. TableFor1200More is organized as part of StorefrontMB’s mandate to raise awareness about the value of architecture, design, and urbanism to the broader community. http://www.tablefor1200more.ca/#tablefor1200more

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May
28
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group at MAWA

Free! No need to register just come. MAWA’s cross-cultural beading group meets to informally work on their own projects together. Everyone—of all backgrounds, ages and genders—is invited to share their skills, to learn and to work independently in a convivial atmosphere. No experience necessary. Novices and experienced beaders alike are welcome. Some free materials are provided (beads, thread, cloth and leather) or you can bring your own. More info here.

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Jun
1
1:00 PM13:00

Indigenous Women's Gathering at MAWA

Free! For Indigenous women only.

A discussion about Indigenous women’s art by and for Indigenous women. Bring an artwork to share or come to see the work of others. All First Nations, Métis and Inuit women-identified people welcome!

Ottawa-based Indigenous curator Lee-Ann Martin will be present to share her experiences and offer feedback. The gathering will be opened with a prayer by Knowledge Keeper Ko’ona Saber. Light lunch will be served. More info here.

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Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

Alleyways in the Exchange!

  • Various locations in the Exchange District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Alleyways Market is expanding with some fabulous programming in other Exchange alleyways! 

ALLEYWAYS MARKET: Maker/Farmers market in Elgin Ave. alleyway, curated by Lucky Girl Pop-up.

ALLEYWAYS ART LOUNGE: Live art + lounge in the ArtSpace drayway, organized by ArtSpace.

ALLEWAYS SWING DANCE: Join in swing dancing in the John Hirsch Pl. alleyway, led by Hepcat Studio.

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Resilience Launch Celebration + Billboard Bus at MAWA

Resilience is an exhibition of 50 artworks by 50 contemporary Indigenous women artists on billboards coast to coast. Curated by Lee-Ann Martin. Produced by MAWA. 

Join us at MAWA to celebrate contemporary Indigenous women’s art! This reception will feature speakers, including curator Lee-Ann Martin, images of all 50 artworks played on rotation, and a free, wheelchair accessible bus to visit some of the billboards. Remarks will take place at 6:30pm. We will be joined for the evening by special guests the Red Robe Women Drum Society Singers.

Learn about all the Resilience artists and see the map of all the billboard locations at resilienceproject.ca

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

DESIGN QUARTER WINNIPEG'S ANNIVERSARY: POP-UP BOX REVEAL!

Design Quarter Winnipeg turns one on June 1st! To celebrate, we will be unveiling our "POP-UP BOX", the middle shipping container permanently located in Bijou Park, to showcase what kind of pop-up opportunities can transpire within this unique, re-purposed vessel.

On June 1st, we will transform the “POP-UP BOX” into a mini cocktail bar + lounge area for the public as they are out exploring the Exchange District for First Fridays. We will also take this opportunity to distribute our new Design Quarter maps to visitors! Featuring:

  • Cocktail by Cibo Waterfront Cafe
  • Lounge by HUT K
  • Food by Kyu Grill
  • + Live jazz by Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra musicians!

Our objective for this event is to not only celebrate Design Quarter’s anniversary, but also provide the public with a fun space to temporarily set up shop, have a drink, enjoy some music, pick up a new map, and be on their way to their next First Friday stop. As there will be a few other major events + outdoor activity happening simultaneously on this date in the Exchange, our hope is to create a circuit of activity, connecting the East and West Exchange areas. In doing this, we will promote local design culture by engaging the public in an inventive and interactive way.

[ The overall intention of the “POP-UP BOX” is to provide our Design Quarter members with the opportunity to promote their businesses by temporarily activating Bijou Park. Anticipated activities to take place in/around the “POP-UP BOX” on a semi-regular basis include, but are not limited to, small markets, art production, performance, information dissemination, etc. ]

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May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Simply Winnipeg by Winnipeg Artist Elena El, Opening Reception at cre8ery

Additional hours: May 24 to June 5, 6pm: Tuesday to Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday, 12-5pm

“It’s morning. You sip coffee while scrolling through social media posts. You see exotic places, far away people… And then suddenly, something looks familiar. Yes, it is an image of your neighbourhood; sunshine, tall trees, that interesting building at the corner of the street, the man that looks just like your neighbour walking his dog…This picture makes you feel good.

It makes you feel proud of the beautiful place you live in – Winnipeg.”

Elena El is a fine artist specializing in Winnipeg cityscapes. Her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas. She is a member of Assiniboia Group of Artists Cooperative, and you can see her artwork at the various Winnipeg art shows, exhibitions and festivals. Her paintings have been featured in WHERE Winnipeg, Ciao!, CBC Manitoba Scene, Breakfast Television and Winnipeg Free Press. More info here.

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May
25
5:00 PM17:00

On The Docks Award + Exhibition Night at Mere Hotel

The intent of this ideas competition is to involve citizens in urban potentials of the underused and/or abandoned spaces of Winnipeg. Through a community based ideas competition, people will be encouraged to come up with imaginative solutions for the site. There are no limitations to the ideas, and explorative ideas are encouraged. The Alexander Docks have become one of these derelict spaces in which the local community has the opportunity to voice their ideas of how it could be better used. Located along the Red River, there is even greater opportunity to link the downtown with access to the river. We’re posing this question to the community - what type of public space would most benefit the site? https://www.onthedocks.org

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May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Presents: St. James Infirmary Blues with vocalist Hannah Fearn

The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra presents St. James Infirmary Blues, an exciting concert of New Orleans‐inspired big band music and fundraiser in support of the WJO recording fund. This spectacular concert will begin with the musicians of the WJO marching through the audience performing St. James Infirmary, a traditional song played at New Orleans funeral dirges, followed by Second Line, another traditional song played at wakes in celebration of a person's life. This is all the more appropriate in the unique and beautiful setting of the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, located across from Brookside Cemetery.

Joining the stage with the WJO will be special guests who will have audience members more than tapping toes by the end of the show. In addition to the music at this unique and spectacular concert, patrons will enjoy a complimentary glass of wine (cash wine bar also available) sponsored by Frontera Winery, light refreshments during intermission, the opportunity to win door prizes, a partial tax receipt and complimentary parking.

The number of tickets is limited. If you are unable to attend, the WJO will gratefully receive donations of any size.

Wines by Frontera. Dress is business casual. ALL TICKETS $65 (partial tax receipt)

More info here.

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May
24
6:30 PM18:30

MAWA presents Theory + Beer: Physical Texts w/ Jennifer Still

Free, everyone welcome!

When does a word become its materiality and a materiality become its word? This Theory and Beer will be a discussion of the animated, three-dimensional, physical possibilities and artificial distinctions between text and the material world. The conversation will begin with a group reading from Silk Poems by Jen Bervin, an artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex, elegant way. Other matter-text fusions will include Laurie Anderson’s “Chalkroom,” Jen Bervin’s Tactile Language, and the PBS Electric Company’s “ING Song.” Readings/visuals will be provided in hard copy that evening. More info here.

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May
23
7:00 PM19:00

RESPONDENT SERIES TALK w/ Art City’s Directors Eddie Ayoub + Josh Ruth at Plug In ICA

As part of our ongoing Respondent Series, on Wednesday, May 23, 7pm Art City Directors, Eddie Ayoub and Josh Ruth will speak about the history and mandate of Art City, one of Canada’s most dynamic and exciting community art centres.  

We are hosting this presentation and discussion about Art City within the context of our current exhibitions Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, and Białystok by Przemek Pyszczek to respond to shared themes of youth and childhood. Within Ramírez-Figueroa’s installation, themes of child psychology and its embodiment are explored in his sculptural installation and video. And in Białystok by Pyszczek sculptural forms evoke unstructured play that reference early childhood playgrounds. For this talk, Ayoub and Ruth will give an overview of the history and programming of Art City addressing their approach to youth education and community art programming, thinking about how play can be a radical tool for education, community development, confidence and self-empowerment. More info here.

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Figure Drawing at MAWA

All woman-identified artists welcome. $10 pay at the door. 

Do you miss drawing live models? Want to practice drawing the human body but need the time and space? MAWA offers figure drawing with live models in an all-woman environment. No need to register, just show up. Doors open at 6:30pm to give you time to set up. The model begins at 7pm for quick gesture drawings followed by longer poses. Participants are asked to bring their own materials. Drawing boards are provided. More info here.

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May
18
7:00 PM19:00

The Maritime Plaza Hotel by Cameron Forbes, Launch + Artist Talk at aceartinc.

Built in 1964, the mushroom-shape of Montreal’s Maritime Plaza Hotel was a local iteration of a larger movement towards circular constructions, reproducing a hopeful gesture towards a future utopia, one that never would come to be.

Inspired by the Plaza, Forbes’ painting and drawing based installation conjures and amplifies the transitoriness that such places inhabit in twenty first century life. Occupying both a past iteration of an expected bright future while crises that inform current architecture leave such buildings obsolete is deeply uncanny.

The work explores this via observation, repetition and staging. By looking outward through the Plaza’s framed and curtained windows as well as inward to its oxidizing décor, the movements between interior and exterior, public and private, the grid and the curve, the past and the future break from their binaries to form a hyperobject that is both beautiful and unsettling. More info here.

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May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Indigenous Feminisms Meeting at MAWA

Free! All woman-identified Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Metis) people welcome. Facilitated by Sylvia Dreaver.

Indigenous Feminisms endeavours to be a space for critical dialogue related to Indigenous feminism, traditional knowledge and how it connects to Indigenous artistic practices. Be a part of the ongoing conversation and help shape the direction of this dynamic new group. Activities could include analysis of readings, gallery-going, critique, collaborative art projects, interventions and activism and will be determined by the participants. More info here.

 

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May
12
to May 13

La Macha Ball at aceartinc.

On Saturday May 12th, at aceartic. in the spirit of Paris is Burning, we‘re throwing the second La Macha ball! A full evening of celebration of queerness you will never forget. This year we have seven categories for your nerves, all judged by their Majesty, MANGHOE LASSI and QPOC royalty. aceartinc. is the spot, doors at 10pm, $10 sliding scale donation to get in to the event. DJ Slow Grind and Wanda G are your DJs and La Macha is going to be FIRE. More info here.

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May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Humza A. Mian AKA MANGHOE LASSI Artist Talk at aceartinc.

Humza A. Mian aka Manghoe Lassi is a queer Canadian-Pakistani who currently resides in the GTA. He is a Registered Veterinary Technician who works in the downtown core, and a drag queen who has made a big splash on social media over the last year. The focus of his drag is to bring awareness to the existence of queer Desi folk and breaking the chains of toxic masculinity that hold so many queer Desi’s back from expressing themselves. With the help of brands run primarily by PoC, Humza has branched into the world of commercial makeup artistry and is currently focusing on representing brands that encourage diversity and inclusion. His most current drag looks can be seen on his Instagram page (@_humzer) and are heavily influenced by his cultural background. More info here.

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May
11
7:00 PM19:00

‘Woven Gardens’ Film Screening at Rubia Darya

'Woven Gardens’ is a documentary featuring David Attenborough as he travels with the Qashqai tribe in SW Iran in 1975, which features their tribal rugs and other weavings.

Cornelia Bean tea and refreshments provided. Also, we some wonderful new tribal rugs in the gallery.

Please RSVP: Amy (rubiadarya.mymts.net)  204-223-5177

 

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May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Layers Exhibition by Anja Studer, Opening Reception at cre8ery

Gallery Hours: Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri 12-6pm; Sat 12-5pm, exhibition closes May 22, 2018 6pm.

We all have different aspects to our personalities. They can be the result of the roles we play in our personal lives and in our careers or just be the fundamental traits we were born with. Over time, we end up becoming complex human beings with many layers just like a Russian nesting doll. We put on masks and hide behind them for protection, disguise, performance or entertainment. By realizing that we are all the same, complex beings wearing different masks, we can learn to feel empathy for each other. Is the goal to chip away the different layers to truly see somebody or is it those different layers and imperfections that make us into who we are – complex and beautiful?

This exhibition is a continued exploration of human existence and a natural evolution from my solo exhibitions titled “Home Sweet Home” and “Perception”. This new series of work consists of mixed media paintings, clay sculptures and wooden nesting dolls. More info here.

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May
11
2:45 PM14:45

Youth Studio 2018 Presentations at The Forks

YouthStudio 2018, presented by HTFC Planning & Design, brings together 30 local middle school students to learn the ins and outs of designing for their community. Over two days, the students will hear from a diverse mix of experts, then combine this learning with their own experiences to design and build a temporary installation in their neighbourhood. 

This pilot project aims to empower local youth, encourage engagement with public spaces and inspire the next generation of designers and community leaders. 

Student designs will be on display at The Forks main atrium on Friday May 11 from 2:30-4pm. The public is welcome to view the designs, and the students will be on-hand to share their ideas. #YouthStudio2018

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May
9
7:00 PM19:00

soJin Chun (Toronto) Artist in Residence Artist Talk at MAWA

Free. Everyone is welcome. Through video and installation, soJin Chun creates narratives that emerge between spaces and cultures, inspired by her experience living in the Korean diaspora in Bolivia and Canada. She has participated in screenings, exhibitions and artist residencies worldwide, including the CAPACETE residency in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her videos are distributed by GIV (Montreal), CFMDC (Toronto) and V-Tape (Toronto). During her residency at MAWA, she will be revisiting video footage from Brazil, Taiwan and Canada, to edit an experimental video that looks at how the global economy contributes to the gentrification of local communities. She looks forward to connecting with Winnipeg artists and activist communities, to engage in dialogue about how these issues are reflected locally. Sojincita.com

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May
7
6:30 PM18:30

Cross-Cultural Beading Group at MAWA

Free! No need to register. MAWA’s cross-cultural beading group meets to informally work on their own projects together. Everyone—of all backgrounds, ages and genders—is invited to share their skills, to learn and to work independently in a convivial atmosphere. No experience necessary. Novices and experienced beaders alike are welcome. Some free materials are provided (beads, thread, cloth and leather) or you can bring your own. More info here.

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May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Presents: "HOW THE WEST WAS SWUNG" at the WAG

Two Shows: 2:00pm | 7:30pm

This will be an incredible concert of hard-driving western swing tunes arranged by Marion Evans who arranged over 100 albums for Glenn Miller, Tony Bennett, Judy Garland, Count Basie, Perry Como, Doc Severinson, Tommy Dorsey and many others. Robert Young is a Winnipeg raised, Calgary based jazz crooner. http://www.winnipegjazzorchestra.com

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May
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Pink Couch Series at The Kinship Studio

The Kinship Studio has just launched their new event, The Pink Couch Series! Every month they will invite a guest speaker to join them and share a story about their experience in the design community. The event will take place from 7-9 at the studio with the speaker starting at 7:30. They encourage you to stick around after to meet other people in the design community, creating some amazing connections for you and your business. http://thekinshipstudio.com

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May
4
5:00 PM17:00

PARK by Derek Dunlop, Opening Reception at Martha Street Studio

Exhibition Dates: Friday May 4th - Saturday June 16th, 2018

Opening Reception*: Friday May 4th, 5-8 pm *artist will be in attendance


Artist talk*: Saturday May 5th, 3 pm *ASL interpretation made available by request

“For groups constituted by historical injury, the challenge is to engage with the past without being destroyed by it. Sometimes it seems it would be better to move on - to let, as Marx wrote, the dead bury the dead. But it is the damaging aspects of the past that tend to stay with us, and the desire to forget may itself be a symptom of haunting…” and she concludes, “…The dead can bury the dead all day long and still not be done.” Heather Love from her book, Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History

PARK includes work created after a multi-year engagement with various regions in North America — all cruising sites where men have historically met each other away from the prohibitions of society. The exhibition includes a floor sculpture, a series of monoprints, and several digital prints. PARK is part of an ongoing series of works that engage with how natural spaces, queer behaviours, and capitalism are all entangled in a continual state of becoming. All the work in the show speaks to the condition of constant change — of growth, decay and mutation.

 

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May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Fractured Portrayals of Motherhood Artist Mothers, Opening Reception at MAWA

Exhibition Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 10am - 4pm, May 9 - 25

Curated by Shayani A. Turko, Practicum Student from the University of Winnipeg

In this year's annual group exhibit - Fractured Portrayals of Motherhood, 23 Artist-Mothers from MAWA explore the fracture, fragmentation, and imperfection that is inherent in the art of mothering and motherhood. Their works delve into the experiences between the socially-imposed images of the celebrated and the censured mother. Responding and even rebelling against one-sided celebrations of motherhood, these artist-mothers perform critical and necessary work which question common-sense assumptions and remind us that disguised in the mundaneness of mothering, there are complex energies at play, energies that are life-altering in many ways. More info here.

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May
4
12:00 PM12:00

First Friday Lecture at MAWA: Space as Material by Jake Moore

Free, everyone is welcome.

While immateriality, time and speed were the markers of the 20th century’s surge to global capitalism, “the annihilation of space by time” predicted by Karl Marx has not come to pass. Looking to works like Rebecca Belmore’s Biinjiya’iing Onji and Douglas Gordon’s I Had Nowhere to Go: A Portrait of a Displaced Person, jake moore will discuss how both critical spatial practices and new understandings of materiality are troubling the colonial present. More info here.

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May
1
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Teachers Group Meeting at MAWA

Free for MAWA and MAEE members.  All women & non-binary artist educators welcome.

Are you an artist and educator who spends all of your energy facilitating other peoples’ work? Have you started to lose your own practice? Are you willing to commit to professional and creative growth? Meet with other women and non-binary visual artists who work in education to develop your skills as an artist. Monthly meetings focus on critique of each other’s work, professional practice workshops led by working artists, exhibition preparation, and meaningful peer support regarding what it means to be a teacher AND an artist. Facilitated by Dawn Knight. More info here.

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Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Tea & Terrariums w/ Fresh Cut Downtown at Generation Green

Get a friend to join you, or come alone and perhaps make a new friend!  Either way, you’re going home with your very own terrarium!  Cost is $35 + tax for supplies (bowl, rocks & 3 plants) plus fabulous instruction!  Feel free to bring your own embellishments, figurines, etc to add in.

There is limited seating and this event sells out so book your spot ASAP! More info here.

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Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

MAWA + CMWI/SewFair Present: Ribbon Skirts Workshop with Audrey Johnson

  • Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute (map)
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In the Anishinaabe culture, the skirt identifies women to Mother Earth. Women are required to wear a skirt during ceremonies. Today, we often see ribbon-decorated skirts worn outside of ceremonies by women of all cultures to honour who they are.

Join us to learn about this tradition that dates from the late-1700s and to create your own skirt. It is appropriate to be making these garments in the spring so they will be ready to wear at ceremonies, special events and pow wow. 

On April 21, Audrey will talk about the skirt and have a small sharing circle, and then we will proceed to design and cut our skirts. On April 28, we will sew our skirts and add the ribbons. 

$50 includes all materials. Register here or by calling 204-949-9490. More info here.

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Apr
27
7:00 AM07:00

"Would you even Remember?" by Michael Joyal, Opening Reception at cre8ery

Additional Hours: April 28 to May 8: Tuesday to Friday**, 12-6pm; Saturday 12-5pm **First Friday, May 4, 12-9pm

Michael’s work focuses on reinterpreting characters from mythology and fairy tales. Self-taught as a watercolour painter, Michael explores roles of feminine power, turning victim into victor. Worlds of wonder and mystery evoke feelings of strength, anger, melancholy and joy. Villains are vanquished, and creatures are empowered in large, vibrant watercolour landscapes.

Gathering tales from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and stories from Greek, Roman and Russian folklore, Michael explores how strength and vulnerability can coexist in the same figure. His purpose is twofold, empowering the female figure by telling their story using contemporary values and at the same time, gathering strength into the world. More info here.

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

A screening of performance-based videos by Naufus Ramírez Figueroa at Plug In ICA

Please join us for a double screening of Mimesis of Mimesis, 2016 and Linnæus in Tenebris, 2017 by Naufus Ramírez Figueroa. Presented in conjunction with Ramírez-Figueroa’s solo exhibition Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe, currently on view at Plug In ICA, the two videos will be screened as part of our ongoing Respondent Series. These works in particular offer insight into Ramírez-Figueroa’s dexterity as a performance artist and his investment in the formal language of theatre. 

Both Mimesis of Mimesis and Linnæus in Tenebris are part of an ongoing commission by Corpus (EU) and If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam) which propose an “attempt to exhaust [Ramírez-Figueroa’s] interest in the Guatemalan Civil War as a recurring subject of his work”. More info here.

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Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Figure Drawing for Women at MAWA

All woman-identified artists welcome. $10 pay at the door. 

Do you miss drawing live models? Want to practice drawing the human body but need the time and space? MAWA offers figure drawing with live models in an all-woman environment. No need to register, just show up. Doors open at 6:30pm to give you time to set up. The model begins at 7pm for quick gesture drawings followed by longer poses. Participants are asked to bring their own materials. Drawing boards are provided. More info here.

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