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Events in Art and Archaeology

Kerry James Marshall : Biennale de Montréal: The Grand Balcony,
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  19 October 2016 - 29 January 2017

Creating portraits, interiors, nudes and landscapes in various mediums, Marshall conflates actual and imagined events from African-American history and culture.

For the Biennale de Montréal, he has produced a new series of lightboxes that are a continuation of his work Rythm Mastr, a comic strip featuring an urban superhero who battles the forces of evil using a combination of futuristic and traditional African accoutrements.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, Marshall grew up in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the Otis College of Art and Design in 1978. He currently lives in Chicago. His works have been presented around the world, including at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2013). In 2013, he was one of seven new appointees to President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Other prestigious awards include a 1991 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 1997 grant from the MacArthur Foundation and the Wolfgang Hahn Award in 2014.

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website

Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Tel: (1) 514 790 12 45

Lion’s Head; Historic Syria; 9th–8th centuries BCEIvory, carvedWith permission of the Royal Ontario Museum © ROM
Lion’s Head; Historic Syria; 9th–8th centuries BCE
Ivory, carved
With permission of the Royal Ontario Museum
Syria: A Living History
TORONTO  •  Aga Khan Museum  •  15 October 2016 - 26 February 2017

Stories of conflict and displacement dominate the media and define people’s awareness of the place. Syria: A Living History brings together artifacts and artworks that tell a different story —  over 5,000 years of art highlighting the contributions that the diverse cultures within Syria — Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman, and Arab — have made to world heritage.

Exhibition highlights include:

• An eye idol from Tell Brak, Syria, carved around 3,200 BCE;

• A stele with a depiction of a prayer from Tell Halaf, Syria, (10th–9th centuries BCE), still bearing the marks of a Second World War bombing raid in Berlin, Germany;

• Contemporary works by Elias Zayat (b. 1935) and Fateh Moudarres (1922–99) that merge personal experiences with reflections on modern-day Syria.

The historians and curators behind the exhibition include Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip, Curator, Aga Khan Museum; Professor Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Program of Islamic Art and Architecture, MIT; and Dr. Ross Burns, a historian based in Sydney, Australia. The exhibition showcases objects carefully chosen by Dr. Çakır Phillip in discussion with each partnering institution.

Aga Khan Museum Website

Contact: Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1K1
Tel: (1) 416 646 46 77

Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana
TORONTO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  3 September 2016 - 3 March 2017
The ROM’s new exhibition, Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana takes a historical and contemporary look at Asafo flags. These flags are the insignia created for the numerous military Asafo companies of the Fante states along the coast of Southern Ghana. Historically, Asafo companies were in charge of the safety and protection of the local community as well as warfare. Today they act as the vibrant core of local communities. Their flags depict narratives of pride, wisdom, and defiant messages to enemies and are sacred objects depicting the spirit and history of a company.

Royal Ontario Museum Website

Contact: Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto,
ON  M5S 2C6
Tel: (1) 416 586 80 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918Canadian War Museum
Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918
Canadian War Museum
Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918
OTTAWA, ONTARIO  •  Canadian War Museum  •  9 June 2016 - 29 January 2017

Visitors are invited to go beyond the dogfights and immerse oneself in the lives of nine people, from both sides of the conflict, who experienced the first air war.

Join them as they train to fly, gather intelligence, fight aerial battles and drop bombs. Their stories — told with more than 80 authentic artifacts woven into an innovative graphic novel presentation — provide insight into the history and consequences of the first air war.

Canadian War Museum Website

Contact: Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel: (1) 819 776 70 00

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