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September 14, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Corn Roast + Fall Season Launch
Wednesday, September 14 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Free | In person
Donald Forster Sculpture Park
Join us for the launch of the AGG’s upcoming season and the fall harvest with an opening reception on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 pm. As well as ᖃᐅᑕᒫᑦ | Qautamaat, the gallery’s new fall exhibitions include Anahita Norouzi: Planting Displacement, guest curated by Amin Alsaden, as well as Homecoming, featuring Anita Cazzola, Laura Grier, and Justine Woods and curated by Erin Szikora, recipient of the 2022 Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. As part of the event, visiting artist Ron Benner brings his roving corn-roasting wagon, Maize Barbacoa, to the Art Gallery of Guelph. Part sculpture, part installation, part performance, enjoy fresh local corn and celebrate the artists and curators in attendance.
Based in London, Ontario, Ron Benner’s artistic practice and research often focuses on maize, a crop that has been grown and roasted throughout the Americas for over 6,000 years. Concerned with how the globalization of seed circulation and farming methods has impacted local communities and contexts, his work highlights the connections between colonization and commercialization and the loss of biodiversity as well as global indigenous traditions and cultures.