Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.
BMO Financial group has donated $650,000 to Saskatchewan’s Remai Modern, it was announced yesterday. The third floor of the institution will be named the BMO Gallery in recognition of the gift. The Remai Modern is currently under construction and slated to open in 2016.
Finalists for the 2015 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts were announced this week. The awards recognize individuals and organizations: the winning artist receives a prize of $35,000, and is invited to nominate an emerging colleague, who is awarded $15,000. Finalists receive $2,000 each. Christi Belcourt is in the running for the artist award, while the Art Gallery of Hamilton and ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are finalists for the organization award.
Several Canadian-born artists will be participating in the fourth-annual “Greater New York” exhibition at MoMA PS1, which opens on October 11. The show was curated by Peter Eleey and art historian Douglas Crimp; Thomas Lax, associate curator of media and performance at MoMA; and Mia Locks, assistant curator at MoMA PS1. Robert Bordo, Amy Brener, Sara Cwynar and, oddly, Terry Fox, are included in the list of participants, which was released Monday.
Writer and past Canadian Art contributor Noah Richler is running as the NDP candidate in the Toronto St-Paul’s riding. As a part of his campaign, Richler is hosting an arts forum with members of the art and publishing community to discuss “the next way forward for the arts and culture industries in Canada.”
The Brooklyn Museum will host the first public program in the US related to Cape Dorset’s print production on October 18. The panel discussion, which will be moderated by writer Nancy Campbell and feature Cape Dorset artists Saimaiyu Akesuk and Papiara Tukiki, collector Edward J. Guarino and curator Susan Kennedy Zeller, will focus on the role of Inuit art within the broader realm of international contemporary art.