Plug In ICA: STAGES: Drawing the Curtain, August 18 - September 4

• Stages Launch Party: Friday, August 18, 7-11pm at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art

Locations Announcement

Abbas Akhavan | Variations on a Monument
A series of performances at sunset
FOUNTAIN AT BONNYCASTLE PARK
• 260 Assiniboine Avenue •

Pablo Bronstein | Peony Unfurling at Various Speeds in Shopping Mall
A series of dance performances
co-choreographed with Rosalie Wahlfrid
FORT GARRY PLACE
• 20 Fort Street •

Erica Eyres | Head
Site-specific sculpture / installation
STOREFRONT
• final location, TBA •

Kara Hamilton | Curtain
Sculptutre; tyndall stone
AMPHITHEATER AT BONNYCASTLE PARK
• 260 Assiniboine Avenue •

Federico Herrero | Landscape
Site-specific installation
TUNNEL CONNECTING CITY HALL & CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
• 555 Main Street, lower level •

Toril Johannessen | The Invention and Conclusion of The Eye
Multi-channel audio drama 

4th FLOOR OF THE HUDSON'S BAY
• 450 Portage Avenue •
Additional information: The audio drama will also air on CKUW Sundays: August 20th, 27th and September 3rd from 11am to 11:45am

Divya Mehra | Nobody pray for me, the road to hell is paved with good intentions (Mapping Identity: The Challenges of Immigrant Culture)
Sculpture; Intacel and LED lights
VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN WINNIPEG
• The artwork will be transported through the city in the evenings for the duration of the exhibition •

Krista Belle Stewart | Potato Gardens Band
Site-specific installation and live performance
BASEMENT OF THE HUDSON'S BAY
• 450 Portage Avenue •

Ron Tran | Ashes Under the Hill / Let Our Hands Grow to Hold What We Love
Multiple sculptures
THE FORKS AT THE BEACH SCAPE
• 1 Forks Market Road •

STAGES: DRAWING THE CURTAIN | PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Stages: Drawing the Curtain is an ambitious public art project that situates nine carefully considered, temporary public sculptures and performances throughout the city. Hinged on chance encounters both open and peculiar, this public exhibition develops from the concept of the stage – as an active site for performance, a structural or sculptural space, and a point of attention. From this departure, the artists will produce a public artwork that merges their material and theoretical concerns with reflections on the stage, different notions of "public" and "space"; and finally, the city itself as a performative site of fluctuating and active meaning.

Projects will take place over the span of two weeks between August 18th and September 4th and occupy diverse spaces including the historic Hudson's Bay Company building in the abandoned basement and on the fourth floor; CKUW radio station; the highly ornate and embellished central hall of Fort Garry Place, a public park fountain and amphitheater and a flatbed truck.

Artists will be in attendance for the STAGES LAUNCH PARTY on Friday, August 18th from 7pm to 11pm on our rooftop at 460 Portage Avenue. Everyone is Welcome – all our programing is free for all • Cash bar will be open •

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULES & GUIDED TOURS ANNOUNCED EARLY AUGUST

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Stages: Drawing the Curtain is made possible through Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter Program with the support of The Winnipeg Foundation and key sponsors: Susan Glass & Arni Thorsteinson and Daniel Friedman & Rob Dalgliesh.

Our community partners include: Alliance Française Manitoba, Alpha Masonry, Alt Hotel, Cityplace Mall (Triovest), CKUW, Edison Properties, Fillip, Portage Place Shopping Centre, Urbanink and Winnipeg Tourism.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director's Circle. You all make a difference.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, as well as Wawanesa Insurance for the direct support of our youth programs.

Plug In ICA relies on community support to remain free and accessible to all, and enable us to continue to present excellent programs. Please consider becoming a member of Plug In ICA and a donor at https://plugin.org/support or by contacting Angela Forget: angela@plugin.org

For media enquiries contact Sarah Nesbitt at sarah@plugin.org. For general information please contact: info@plugin.org or call 1.204.942.1043