MacKenzie School Tours are an exciting opportunity for students and educators to experience Saskatchewan's largest public art gallery!

This spring, explore an engaging retrospective of the works of Italian-born Plains Cree artist Sarain Stump (1945-1974), an influential figure in the First Nations arts communities of Saskatchewan in the 1970s. Stump was an educator, poet, actor and artist who created drawings, prints and sculpture. This tour will explore Sarain’s work, his impact on subsequent generations, the emergence of Indigenous art in the region during the 1970s, and complex contemporary discussions on identity and inter-cultural relations.

This winter season, explore the complexities of identity through three unique exhibitions. Building from the N. E. Thing Co. Ltd’s 1976 exhibition Celebration of the Body, and its reactivation in 2012 as CoB#2, Re: Celebrating the Body explores a variety of uses, perceptions, and ideas surrounding the human body. This exhibition does so through photographic posters categorizing images of a wide range of bodily expressions, video of various activities, and unique installation drawings and models. N.E. Thing Co.’s conceptual approach to the topic uses a corporate inspired perspective on how we brand ourselves in relation to our bodies. This collaborative project incorporates performance, videos, and spatial design to explore the blurred boundaries between performance art and visual art. Regina contemporary dance company New Dance Horizons plays a key role in this exploration. Robin Poitras co-founded New Dance Horizons in 1986, where she continues to serve as Artistic Director. She is one of Saskatchewan’s most prolific dance and performance creators. Creating dance, performance, and installation works, she has been actively engaged in contemporary dance practice since the early 1980s. For many years, Robin has traversed the formal worlds of dance and performance art. With an interest in research into diverse fields of artistic and somatic practice she has developed a unique interdisciplinary approach. Robin’s works have been presented across Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Mongolia, and Mexico.

Psychoanalyst, cultural theorist, and critic Jeanne Randolph has created an exhibition of creative and critical writing—called “ficto-criticism”—inspired by, and alongside, works from our permanent collection. My Claustrophobic Happiness opens on October 20th, and explores the world of a fictional character beset by consumerism.

During the month of October, we will tour an installation of preparatory drawings and models by artists Mary Anne Barkhouse, Wally Dion, and Duane Linklater for Transformative Landscapes: Contemplating Space, Time and Connection. This engagement space highlights the development and creation of a public artwork on Treaty Four Territory adjacent to the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Students will have the opportunity to explore themes of public art, reconciliation, intercultural relations and national commemoration. 

Designed to support provincial curricula, MacKenzie School Tours offer a two-hour, hands-on learning experience complete with a guided tour and interactive studio activities

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Image: Alex Janvier, Untitled (detail), 1986, acrylic on canvas, 165.1 × 266.7 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
© Alex Janvier. Photo: National Gallery of Canada

The exhibition Alex Janvier is organized by the National Gallery of Canada