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"Back in the Day: Plug In 2002–1972"
2002-11-14 until 2003-01-25
Curated by Plug In co-founder Suzanne Gillies, artist Michael Klein and exhibitions coordinator Valery Camarta on the occasion of Plug In’s 30th anniversary, this survey exhibition follows the trail blazed by Winnipeg’s internationally-renowned gallery, from its origins as one of the country’s earliest artist-run centres to its current incarnation as the first ICA in Canada.
Gillies has focused her scrutiny on the ‘70s, saying she wishes to recreate the ambience of the period by concentrating on the conversational exchanges so crucial to the early scene. Video interviews with artists active during Plug In’s first decade will run continuously during the exhibition. Klein has taken on the 80s while Camarta has been raveling up the 90s, eras which strengthened Plug In’s reputation for groundbreaking exhibitions and events. Special salon-style evenings featuring various disciplines and eras will be hosted by Plug In alumni throughout the exhibition’s two-month run.
A stunning array of ephemera will be available to the curious and nostalgic, from press clippings, posters and guest books, to artists’ multiples, publications and other cultural residue. See early rare documents of dangerously-good performance art, house band Mondo Trasho in concert, weird video art and tons of photos from the archives. International superstars, court dates, art scandals, riveting (and occasionally revolting) cultural breakthroughs – we were there, and have the snaps to prove it!
And to honor the pre-MTV, do-it-yourself style of “back in the day”, we will re-issue some Plug In paraphernalia, including a special edition t-shirt by artist Micah Lexier, and a new wave lapel pin by former Plug In designer Ryan Takatsu.