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"Linda Duvall: Tea and Gossip"
2004-02-27 until 2004-03-27
Kenderdine Art Gallery
Visual artist Linda Duvall provides all that is needed for “satisfying gossip—a cast of characters, a troubling event, diverse opinions, and teas and cookies—without defaming the reputation of an identifiable person.” Tea & Gossip, Duvall’s three-part video narrative, opens at the Kenderdine Art Gallery February 27 at 8:00 p.m. with a “Saskatchewan Première”.
Tea & Gossip sets in motion ethical dilemmas of the sort that are debated in homes, offices, on cell phones, on coffees rows, over lattes, in fact, everywhere. Is there anyone who doesn’t gossip? Duvall acknowledges that although gossip is generally seen in a derogatory light, “it allows individuals to weigh possible motives for behaviour that is troubling, surprising, offensive, or incomprehensible.” Tea & Gossip comes with comfortable armchairs, tea and cookies – a comfortable place where it is possible to understand the complexity of gossip while enjoying its pleasure at the same time.
In addition, the Kenderdine has organized a “public conversation” scheduled for Saturday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. The featured conversationalists are the artist Linda Duvall, curator Kim Simon, poet Louise Halfe, psychology faculty members Lorrie Sippola and Linda McMullin, and Joan Brown from McClure United Church. A special tea party featuring a broad selection of imported teas will be hosted by Tea Connexions. Everyone is welcome.
Linda Duvall is nationally and internationally recognized for her investigative art projects. Her work mimics the methodologies of social sciences, and explores how identities are formed and read in the everyday activities of living. Linda Duvall is a sessional lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan.
Tea & Gossip has been supported by The Redhead Gallery, Toronto; University of Saskatchewan (Office of the President, College of Arts and Sciences, Kenderdine/Beamish Trust); The Canada Council for the Arts; Museums Association of Saskatchewan; Tea Connexions; United Furniture Warehouse; Blossoms Florist and Odeon Event Centre.