Arts Seen – week of Feb 6 2014

Big changes and new openings at Glenbow Museum

The Glenbow Museum will reveal a new direction at an announcement scheduled Thursday February 6. The details remain hush-hush until then but here’s a hint: “Our visitors can expect innovative experiences with art and culture and our amazing collections a bold new look and exciting plans for refreshing our building.” New name? New entrance on Stephen Avenue? New technology? Check out our blog post on the plans .

Meanwhile in the short-term the Glenbow Museum has two new exhibitions opening on Saturday February 8. The retrospective Calgary series comes to an end with Made in Calgary: The 1990s curated by Nancy Tousley. The exhibition looks at two trends that were prevalent at the time — installation art and multi-part artworks that enlarge an image idea or subject — and reflects the decade’s focus on identity gender race feminism and representation. The exhibition includes more than 100 works by 55 artists. The other exhibition opening the same day Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket takes an up close and personal look at one of society’s iconic and enduring fashion statements — from painted Second World War-era military flight jackets to personalized punk jackets from the 1970s and ’80s and from recognizable jackets worn by celebrities to haute couture versions by high-end designers. Both exhibitions run until May 4.

The Shakespeare Company ( shakespearecompany.com ) is collaborating with students in Mount Royal University’s theatre program to present The Winter’s Tale which will be one of the program’s last productions before it closes later this year. Director Natasha Girgis who trained at MRU says this is one of the Bard’s less frequently staged works (although Full Circle Theatre also staged it last May). That’s likely because there’s a bear in the script among other reasons you can read about in our story online. The play runs until February 15.

The University of Calgary will mark V-Day on February 6 and 7. No they’re not confused. In this case the V in V-Day stands for “victory valentine and vagina” and it’s part of a global movement to increase awareness raise money and revitalize existing anti-violence organizations. In that spirit performances of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues will be presented on both days at 7:30 p.m. at the Boris Roubakine Recital Hall ( ucalgary.ca/women/v-day ). Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Servants Anonymous Society of Calgary.

In a nod to the 2014 Winter Olympics the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery is drumming up some national pride with an Oh Canada exhibition. The show includes more than 25 Calgary artists who work in a range of mediums and will “pay homage to and make light of traditional Canadian symbols as well as some popular Canadian personalities that cause us to reflect on our Canadian pride.” People are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing red and white to the opening reception on Saturday February 8. The exhibition runs until March 1.