Kitchener Councillor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Councillor Jean Haalboom and the City of Waterloo’s Betty Anne Keller all attended this past Friday’s official opening reception for the exhibits. The trio addressed the significance of the Gallery’s permanent collection to understanding Kitchener’s past and its importance in shaping the future.
Collecting Resonance is made up of works from the Gallery’s extensive permanent collection (4,000 pieces!). Each work featured in the exhibit was selected by members of the public and Gallery staff. Among the artists showcased are Edward Burtynsky, Joyce Wieland, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Guy Maddin and Michael Snow – whose exhibition Objects of Vision is on at the Art Gallery of Ontario through December 9, 2012.
DodoLab’s Light Motives is housed in the Gallery’s Eastman space. This evolving exhibit engages the public by asking visitors to reflect on the City of Kitchener’s past, present and future. Focusing on icons, events, places and periods in time that have come to define the city, DodoLab asks a series of questions. Among them “What do you think will be the focus of Kitchener’s biggest festival 100 years from now?” Visitors are then presented with a series of images and can vote. (Gallery staff tested this out ahead of Friday night’s opening and we had a blast!). You’ll also find DodoLab engaging the public for the purpose of this exhibition at this Saturday’s (July 28, 2012) Block Party.
The enthusiasm for the exhibitions Friday night was infectious and we hope it will encourage Kitchener residents to explore their city through art this summer.
Admission is free and the exhibitions run through September 16, 2012.