State of the art

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Univer­sity of Man­i­toba’s gleam­ing new Art Re­search Tech­nol­ogy Lab­o­ra­tory (ARTlab) build­ing opened in Fe­bru­ary, just east of the old Taché Hall res­i­dence on Dafoe Road, which is be­ing con­verted into an arts cen­tre.

The four-storey, 70,000-square­foot, en­vi­ron­men­tally green ARTlab in­cludes light-filled stu­dios, cut­ting-edge equip­ment for dig­i­tal art cre­ation and a sound­stage for film, pho­tog­ra­phy and au­dio pro­duc­tion. Its “wow” fac­tor is so great that some students who had dropped out have re­turned this fall to fin­ish their de­grees, says Paul Hess, di­rec­tor of the 400-stu­dent School of Art.

The main-floor School of Art Gallery that re­places the cramped Gallery One One One is more than triple its size and has a 16-foot ceil­ing. It’s built to the same in­ter­na­tional stan­dards for se­cu­rity and cli­mate con­trol as the Win­nipeg Art Gallery and has a sec­ondary space for ro­tat­ing shows from the 4,000-piece U of M col­lec­tion. Mary Reid is its first full-time cu­ra­tor/di­rec­tor.

Reid has not yet an­nounced the artists who will fol­low Robert Houle in a se­ries show­cas­ing for­mer U of M students and in­struc­tors. She says she is work­ing on shows by Sheila But­ler and pho­tog­ra­pher Laura Letinsky for some­time in the next two years.


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