University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery: Surrealist Suggestions, July 22 - September 24 - Adjunct Programming: A Snowstorm in My Heart: Surrealist Shorts from Winnipeg, August 21, Guy Maddin: My Winnipeg, August 28, Surrealist Suggestions Curatorial Talk and Tour, September 15

Surrealist Suggestions

Aliana Au, Kelly Clark, Kathleen Coburn-Donnelly, Marcel Dzama, Caroline Dukes, Ivan Eyre, Suzanne Gauthier, Richard Gross, Kristjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Robert Nelson, Don Proch, Lee Saidman, Diana Thorneycroft, and Esther Warkov

Curated by Lindsay Inglis

July 22 to September 24, 2021

In the early 1950s, a group of American artists came to Winnipeg to teach at the University of Manitoba's School of Art and radically modernized the curriculum. Among them was Robert Nelson, a young artist who nurtured close friendships with his students and brought a unique perspective to his teachings. While he only taught in Winnipeg for three years, his impact continued long after his time at the School of Art. As the only surrealist among a cohort of abstractionists, Nelson introduced surrealism to Winnipeg and profoundly influenced his students; Surrealist Suggestions examines Nelson's legacy—one that continues to outlast in the short time he spent in Winnipeg.

Adjunct Programming:

A Snowstorm in My Heart: Surrealist Shorts from Winnipeg

Saturday, August 21, 8:00 to 9:15 pm CDT

Curated by Lindsay Inglis

Presented in partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group. Streaming at Cinematheque at Home.

Join us for an oddly intriguing, darkly humorous, and often sublime screening of surrealist short films from Drew Christie, Guy Maddin, Mike Maryniuk, Lasha Mowchun, Alan Pakarnyk, Matthew Rankin, Diana Thorneycroft, and Gwen Trutnau.

Guy Maddin: My Winnipeg

Saturday, August 28, 8:00 to 9:45 pm CDT

Presented in partnership with the Winnipeg Film Group. Free streaming at Cinematheque at Home

In this feature-length "docu-fantasia," Guy Maddin creates a portrait of his hometown that slips between realism and surrealism, incorporating archival footage, history, re-written memories, interviews, and dreams.

Surrealist Suggestions Curatorial Talk and Tour

Wednesday, September 15, 7:00-8:30 pm CDT

Facilitated on Zoom and live-streaming on the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba YouTube channel

Curator and art historian Lindsay Inglis will discuss her research on former School of Art professor and surrealist painter Robert Nelson. She will address Nelson's long-lasting influence on Winnipeg artists, including School of Art alumni like Ivan Eyre, Esther Warkov, and Marcel Dzama.

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