Conversations sparked by art and the artist’s voice play a critical role in connecting people and shaping society. Art in Embassies is pleased to present Contemporary Conversations, a speaking series created in partnership with the U.S. Embassy-Ottawa and the National Gallery of Canada. In a public, moderated discussion, this series featured four American contemporary artists whose work is part of the Art in Embassy exhibition at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence.
In February of 2015, internationally renowned artist Marie Watt launched the Contemporary Conversations series. Her lecture, a conversation with the Gallery’s Audain Curator of Indigenous Art Greg Hill had a great turn out and filled up the NGC auditorium.
Nick Cave was the second lecturer of the series, speaking on May 28, 2015. In conversation with the Gallery’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Jonathan Shaughnessy, he discussed the evolution of his Soundsuits and his exploration of identity and civic responsibility through his work.
Eric Fischl, the third lecturer in the series, spoke on September 10, 2015. In conversation with National Gallery Director and CEO, Marc Mayer, Fischl discussed his work and artistic approach to themes of private reflection, personal expression and public memorial.
Stephen Wilkes was the last 2015 artist lecturer in the series, speaking November 19, 2015. For more information: http://www.gallery.ca/conversations/en/