Arts Seen – week of Sept 19 2013

Following hot on the heels of the successful Wreck City Calgary artists are taking over another space destined for demolition and turning it into a temporary exhibition. Phantom Wing ( phantomwing.wordpress.com ) is a self-organized project involving more than 30 artists performers musicians and curators based in the abandoned wing of the historic King Edward School which was built in 1912. The wing which was added to the school in the 1960s will soon be knocked down but not before artists have a chance to treat it as their playground. “…Phantom Wing is one last opportunity for artists to transform the space doing what every kid dreams of doing to their school — painting on the walls hanging things from the rafters dancing in the bathrooms throwing furniture around and generally running amok” states the media release. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 24 to 29. The remainder of the original sandstone building will become the King Edward Arts Hub and Incubator ( cspaceprojects.com ) an interdisciplinary arts hub with more than 45000 square feet of space dedicated to dozens of small organizations. Construction is anticipated to begin in March 2014.

MOCA Calgary is celebrating its grand reopening on Saturday September 21 by teaming up with the Calgary Downtown Association and Mercury Opera to hold a free outdoor party. The Autumn Masquerade in recognition of the changing seasons will include the opening of MOCA’s new exhibition Made in Calgary: 1980s Part 2 featuring works by more than 25 well-known Calgary artists in a nod to the Glenbow Museum’s Made in Calgary series including the current 1980s segment curated by MOCA’s Jeffrey Spalding. There will also be installations by Max Streicher and Dave Dyment outdoor screenings of an animated short from Quickdraw Animation Society and Mercury Opera’s performance of FIAMMA! The opera showcases rising operatic talents from Alberta along with a gypsy quartet and special guests Safire Dance and Bella Magica Pyrotechnics. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. in the gallery and outside in the Municipal Plaza and masks will be available for a donation to MOCA. The gallery closed temporarily following June’s flooding and delayed reopening to allow the city time to complete repairs at the municipal building which was heavily damaged. During that time the gallery also took the opportunity to make some changes to the space.