The simulcast exhibition presents Andy Warhol's celebrated 1984 print at several galleries across the country at the same time—by live feed from each venue—to consider both the pervasive nature of hockey player Wayne Gretzky's image in Canadian culture, and the mass reproduction of celebrity images that was central to Warhol's practice.
This exhibition presents Andy Warhol’s famous print Wayne Gretzky #99 at multiple sites simultaneously. Audiences, artworks and art institutions are linked by live stream, brought into a conversation structured by repetitive imagery, the immediacy of the virtual experience, and the “everywhere” of sites connected by the internet.
In 1983, renowned Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky visited Warhol’s New York studio to sit for a portrait arranged by Frans Wynans, an associate of Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington. The artist created screen prints based on Polaroid images taken at the sitting. Many of these prints ended up in public gallery collections across Canada.
We still live in the age of Warhol, whose dissemination of celebrity images lay at the heart of his prescient practice. We take the pervasiveness of celebrity for granted, as individuals are given heightened status through sheer repetition of their likeness. Social media eradicates physical distance and promotes thesharing ofavatarsand manufactured experiences. Art institutions—built on the uniqueness of collected objects—now seek to respond to these changes in digital technology, with its rapid circulation of images and identities, and an increasing demand for participatory experiences. Warhol’s embrace of repetition and the virtual seems more pertinent than ever.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, and The Rooms. It is curated by Pan Wendt, Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Mireille Eagan, The Rooms and supported by The Andy Warhol Museum.
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What are Relaxed Performances?
Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.
These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.
Relaxed Performances offered during the 2021 Charlottetown Festival: