Diana Thorneycroft: Canadians and Americans (best friends forever…it’s complicated)

July 14 - November 8, 2014

Extended until June 15, 2015!

Gallery 1C03 Foyer, 1st Floor of Centennial Hall

Presented as a part of Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA)'s 30th anniversary celebrations. A complete schedule of events is available here.

Diana Thorneycroft is an established Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Assistance to Visual Artists Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her art has been the subject of national radio documentaries and a CBC national documentary for television. Thorneycroft is also a well-respected art educator and mentor.

Her Canadians and Americans (best friends forever…it’s complicated) series of photographs critically employs pop culture icons and landscapes to investigate the sometimes ambivalent relationship between these two nations. Two pieces from this body of work are displayed in Gallery 1C03’s foyer in conjunction with TRAPPED, a solo exhibition of local emerging artist Willow Rector. Their presentation provides viewers with an opportunity to consider the conceptual links addressed by both artists who worked together as mentor and mentee in MAWA’s Foundation Program.

Thorneycroft began the Canadians and Americans series after completing three acclaimed bodies of work which examined Canadian culture through a similar lens. This series represents her attempt to subvert the imperialist nature of American pop culture and its influence on Canadians. To this end she draws on iconic figures from both nations in an effort to "..work within the monolith that is American culture, and at the same time, stand apart from it, critically looking in from the outside."

Exhibit Hours: Monday - Sunday, 7:00am - 11:00pm

Admission is always free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
204.786.9253 | j.gibson@uwinnipeg.ca