Explores and Dandies in an open letter to Canada Post


Lithographs by OCAD alumnus Fred Hagan

 
DateThursday, July 17, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Cost

Free

Location

Art Gallery of Mississauga 300 City Centre DriveGround floor, South east corner, Mississauga, Ontario

Through Canada Post's process of approving postage stamp imagery, and the works of artists Frederick Hagan and Kent Monkman, this exhibition asks "who has the authority to officiate over our history?" Critical examination and cheeky humour reveal the history-of-our-history, that is, how institutions determine and prescribe the standard version of history.

Frederick Hagan's (b. 1918, d. 2003) works have had the honour of being sanctioned to represent Canadian history. Issued from 1986-89, the Explorations of Canada postage stamp series was commissioned by Canada Post to honour select explorers. Although bestowed the honour of the commission, under the direction of Canada Post, Hagan's original designs did not wholly emerge. Unable to satisfactorily realize his conceptual ambitions through the commission, Hagan was compelled to continue production on the theme of exploration. Amending the Explorations of Canada title from the stamp series to simply Exploration, the artist encompassed broader connotations through this ambitious series of lithographs.

DateThursday, July 17, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Cost

Free

Website Location

Art Gallery of Mississauga 300 City Centre DriveGround floor, South east corner, Mississauga, Ontario

Explorers and dandies
Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Through Canada Post's process of approving postage stamp imagery, and the works of artists Frederick Hagan and Kent Monkman, this exhibition asks "who has the authority to officiate over our history?" Critical examination and cheeky humour reveal the history-of-our-history, that is, how institutions determine and prescribe the standard version of history.

Frederick Hagan's (b. 1918, d. 2003) works have had the honour of being sanctioned to represent Canadian history. Issued from 1986-89, the Explorations of Canada postage stamp series was commissioned by Canada Post to honour select explorers. Although bestowed the honour of the commission, under the direction of Canada Post, Hagan's original designs did not wholly emerge. Unable to satisfactorily realize his conceptual ambitions through the commission, Hagan was compelled to continue production on the theme of exploration. Amending the Explorations of Canada title from the stamp series to simply Exploration, the artist encompassed broader connotations through this ambitious series of lithographs.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Mississauga 300 City Centre DriveGround floor, South east corner, Mississauga, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
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