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WASM newsletter for June 13, 2022

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At galleries, museums, and theatres, in person and online:

The Montreal Museum of Fine Art will open a very unique collection this week. It's now home to one of the most important collections of Sikh Art in North America. We'll hear from Mandeep Roshi Chadha, who helped being the collection to Montreal and the Curator of Asian Art at the MMFA, Laura Vigo.

The interview:

More on this exhibit to come! ------------------------------------------------------------------- CBC Let's Go's Emma Hébert tells us what the new immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit was like at the Arsenal Contemporary Art gallery in Griffintown.

Arsenal Gallery - Frida Kahlo, The Life of an Icon - AN IMMERSIVE BIOGRAPHY, June 10 - July 24, 2022. -------------------------------------------------------------------

New exhibit shows how Islamic art influenced French luxury jewelry maker Cartier.

A new exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art brings together about 400 pieces, including some objects by the luxury jewelry maker Cartier. It also tells the story of how the Cartier brothers were inspired by Islamic art. The World, May 24, 2022, By Shirin Jaafari.

------------------------------------------------------------------- A favourite musical returns in a colourful new form to the Segal Centre. It's set in the town of Chelm, and the story goes that, at the beginning of time, an angel accidentally dropped a sack of foolish souls there. The director of the musical, Trevor Barrette, talks about the joy of re-imagining this production and working in a language he didn't speak.

The interview:

Seagal Centre: ------------------------------------------------------------------- Documentary film “Dear Jackie”:

Screening: ------------------------------------------------------------------- The Festival canadien de cinéma jeunesse | Canadian Youth Film Festival is a non-profit festival that aims to provide a showcase for youth film. Our festival also seeks to support teachers who wish to make films with their students in a school setting. Online as of June 15, 2022. Winners to be announced on Friday, June 17th. -------------------------------------------------------------------

David Suzuki and his partner of more than 50 years, Tara Cullis, joined Tom Power live in the Q studio to talk about their new play, What You Won't Do for Love. The theatre production picks up on their long love story to explore whether the love we have for each other can inspire us to take action for the planet.

Listen here:

If you are in Toronto, catch the play at the Luminato Festival - Experience a special live evening with award-winning renowned environmentalists David Suzuki and Tara Cullis in What You Won’t Do for Love, a unique and intimate theatre experience that asks whether the love we have for each other can inspire us to take action for the planet.


Arts news:

How Glenn Harte rediscovered a long-lost wax sculpture by Salvador Dalí. Glenn Harte has a rare find in his Hawaii art gallery: a wax sculpture by Salvador Dalí that hasn't seen the light of day for four decades. He joined Tom Power to tell us how he came to acquire this piece and why it's valued at $10 million to $20 million.

Salvador Dali with 'Lost Wax'. HARTE INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES -------------------------------------------------------------------

Meet Bruce Horak, the first blind actor in the Star Trek franchise. Canadian actor Bruce Horak has spent most of his acting career on the theatre stage. Now, his first starring television role is as Lieutenant Hemmer in the new series, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. This is the first time a blind actor has been cast in a Star Trek property. Horak tells us about the character, the opportunity, and his love of the Star Trek universe.

The interview:

Bruce’s web site – yes, he is a painter!


Arts Practica provides arts experiences designed to nourish the creativity and equity of the relationships that co-create health, knowledge, and a better world.



Photobooks by white male photographers provide the material for Justine Kurland’s new, radical publication by CAT LACHOWSKYJ. The photographer reappropriated 150 titles from her photobook collection, creating collages confronting the continued dominance of white men in the photo world.

Read more here:

Photobooks by white male photographers provide the material for Justine Kurland’s new, radical publication - 1854 Photography


Shutter Hub’s Camera Amnesty: Using Photography Equipment for Good.

UK- based photography organisation Shutter Hub are calling for donations of photography equipment for their Camera Amnesty Projects, providing a platform, funds and equipment to those who need it, across the world.

© Karen Harvey

Through the Camera Amnesty we support the delivery of hands-on workshops, exhibitions, and print projects, enabling participants to express their ideas and creativity. We work hard to build confidence, develop transferable skills, and empower people to use photography to tell their own stories, creating outcomes that benefit them and the wider community.

Camera Amnesty Projects - Shutter Hub


Online event - Wed, 15 Jun 2022, 18:00 BST.

A Bigger Picture: Photography Redefining Northern Ireland Tickets, Wed 15 Jun 2022 at 18:00 | Eventbrite



Grammy-winning banjo player and singer Rhiannon Giddens just had her first opera debut. It's called Omar and it tells the story of a 19th-century Senegalese slave named Omar ibn Said. Giddens joined Tom Power to talk about this new work and how she hopes her music can change false narratives in American history.

What was it like for Rhiannon Giddens to compose an opera as an opera singer herself? Hear from her and her co-composer, Michael Abels, about the unique musicality they each brought to their highly anticipated work, "Omar."

News about the opera “Omar”: -------------------------------------------------------------------


Do you have any old books, maybe with green covers? If so, check this out:

Multiple books with covers painted in emerald-green are displayed by the Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Delaware. The toxic mineral arsenic was used in emerald-green to create its distinctive hue.

(Winterthur Museum)

More from National Geographic:


What a Mushroom Lives For: Matsutake and the Worlds They Make, by Michael J. Hathaway.

How the prized matsutake mushroom is remaking human communities in China—and providing new ways to understand human and more-than-human worlds.

The interview:


Open for the summer!

New book:

Peter McAuslan’s Brewing Better Beer (John Aylen Books, $34.95) is available at bookstores and through Amazon. See for more details.


Climate change is everyone’s business – a series of videos by indigenous people:

Power to the People: A path forward out of the climate crisis - The Weather Network


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