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Stephen Wilkes’ Day to Night photograph documents historic Canada Day 2017

On Canada Day, 2017, while thousands waited in lineups in the pelting rain for a spot on Parliament Hill, someone was watching from a fourth floor window across Wellington Street.

Stephen Wilkes has merged a Canada Day morning for a new Contemporary Conversation

“It had all the elements that I look for when I create these pictures. I love the grandeur of the architecture, I love having the sense of humanity in the foreground and that all these things would be going on during the day and into the night and then the fireworks at the end was […]

Photographer Stephen Wilkes – Podcast

Photographer Stephen Wilkes explains the influences and construction of his latest Day and Night photograph, taken on Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.

Contemporary Conversations: Who is the late Anne Chu?

On September 29, the Embassy of the United States in Ottawa and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies,in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, will close the 2016 season of the Contemporary Conversations series with a presentation on the work of recently deceased American artist Anne Chu. Contemporary Conversations (#artconvoAIE), […]
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Montreal Gazette Theaster Gates

The Embassy of the United States in Ottawa and the U.S. Department of State's Office of Art in Embassies, in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, will welcome internationally renowned American artist Theaster Gates on May 12th as the second speaker in the 2016 Contemporary Conversations series.

Ottawa Citizen – Kiki Smith, Wide Awake and making art

Ottawa Citizen – When I phone Kiki Smith in New York City she is asleep and misses the call, which makes my opening question — do you ever sleep? — either prescient or unnecessary. Like so much with Smith’s work, it’s open to interpretation. The question is inspired by Smith’s output. The 62-year-old artist, who […]

Newswire.ca – Art in Embassies Contemporary Conversations: Stephen Wilkes

Newswire.ca – The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies, in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the U.S. Embassy Ottawa, will welcome renowned American artist Stephen Wilkes for the fourth lecture in the Contemporary Conversations series on November 19. Contemporary Conversations (#artconvoAIE) brings internationally recognized American artists to Canada […]
Stephen Wilkes, Presidential Inauguration, Day to Night, 2013, Archival Digital Type-C print on Acrylic [Edition #4/30], Courtesy of the artist, Westport, Connecticut
Eric Fischl. Untitled Tumbling Woman II 2014

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman interviews American Artist Eric Fischl

Prior to his public lecture at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, American artist and Contemporary Conversations feature speaker, Eric Fischl, sat down to talk with U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman.

National Gallery of Canada Magazine – Art in Embassies Presents Contemporary Conversations Lecture Series with Eric Fischl

National Gallery of Canada Magazine – Art in Embassies presents the Contemporary Conversations Lecture Series featuring Eric Fischl – The third in the Art in Embassies, U.S. Embassy Ottawa and the National Gallery of Canada public dialogues will feature internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor Eric Fischl. Hailed as one of the most influential figurative […]
Nick Cave describes his Soundsuits at the National Gallery of Canada.

NGC Online – Contemporary Conversations Event Featuring Artist Nick Cave

NGC Online – Art in Embassies and U.S. Embassy Ottawa Partner with National Gallery of Canada on Contemporary Conversations Event Featuring Artist Nick Cave – The Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and U.S. Embassy Ottawa are pleased to announce the next event in the Contemporary Conversations series of public lectures by […]

The Ties That Bind

Art in Embassies in Ottawa: The Ties that Bind. When Vicki Heyman and her husband, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, want to get away for a few days, they head to Montreal to shop, eat and relax. “We’ve gone on our own, taken our friends and have been in Montreal on business. I just […]
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Contemporary Conversations: Interview with Marie Watt Video

While Marie Watt was in Ottawa for the launch of the Contemporary Conversations: Art in Embassies series, she spoke to us about how she feels her art reflects “Contemporary Conversations.” Follow the conversation and get involved using the hashtag #artconvoAIE!

Art That Crosses Borders

Art That Crosses Borders – Bringing together different cultures under one roof is something art museums do well. They know how to hang an ancient Indian watercolour beside a Canadian photograph, or place works by a French Impressionist, a Russian, an Italian and a Dutchman in the same room. So it seems perfectly fitting that […]

High Volume – Nick Cave

Nick Cave is into fabulous. Take the black marks that scar the floor of his 3,500-square-foot loft in Chicago. “Fabulous,” he says. Or the haunting portrait by the English artist John Kirby that Cave found at an art fair. “Isn’t it fabulous?” So is the porcupine-needle vestment from Cameroon that serves as a dividing screen […]

Employing Art Along With Ambassadors

Dorothea Rockburne, a thin, elfin woman in oversized blue sneakers, was 40 feet up, inspecting the tippy top of a huge canvas that hangs on the southern wall of the Queens Museum of Art. With one hand she grasped the orange railing of a scissor lift, creaking and swaying like a battered ferry on a […]
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