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Friday, October 11, 2013

Louis Riel at the Art Gallery of Ontario!

Okay, NBD y'all, but a selection of Chester Brown's artwork from his iconic biography, Louis Riel, is going to be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario (which I would like to point out is Canada's biggest art gallery) starting T-O-M-O-R-R-O-W.

All right, all right, it's a huge deal! A well deserved honour! Congratulations Chester!

A Louis Riel piece in the wild 
A selection of original drawings from Louis Riel are going to be on display from Saturday October 12, 2013 through June 2014, in the Max and Madeleine Clarkson Studio and Georgia Ridley Salon rooms of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

From the AGO's write-up: 
For more than two decades, Chester Brown has been one of Canada's leading cartoonists. His innovative and influential Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, which expanded the audience for Canadian cartooning, celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2013. A selection of original drawings from the publication is now on view at the AGO. The works feature the Manitoba politician and Métis leader Louis David Riel fleeing from Fort Garry (now Winnipeg), and his subsequent hanging for treason. Brown’s work combines bold imagery, stark compositions and simple texts to convey a complex Canadian tragedy that remains, for many, controversial and unresolved.

Though there's no formal opening for the exhibit, Chester Brown is also giving the 2013 McCready Lecture on Canadian Art in the AGO's Jackman Hall on Wednesday November 13th at 7 pm. You can reserve free tickets for that here. He will be giving a presentation on Louis Riel from the vantage point of ten years on. Chester will be introduced by the exhibit's curator, Andrew Hunter (Frederik S. Eaton Curator at the AGO's Canadian Galleries) and by Seth (Palookaville 21, but you knew that already!), two people who promise to offer interesting, diverging perspectives on Chester's craft. After the talk, there'll be a signing, too, so get out there, Toronto peeps!

And lastly, let me offer a reminder about Chester Brown's talk in Winnipeg on LOUIS RIEL'S BIRTHDAY. For those of you who don't have Louis Riel's birthday in their agenda already, that's Tuesday October 22nd at 7 pm in McNally-Robinson's Grant Park shop (1120 Grant Ave). The event is co-presented by Le Musée de St. Boniface Museum, and will feature Chester in conversation with Candida Rifkind, Associate Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg.

Okay, Canada, we've given you some options! Get out there and celebrate Louis Riel making comics awesome(r).


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