Joyce Wieland (Canada) is regarded as one of Canada’s foremost artists. A self-described cultural activist, she is legendary for her contribution to the development of contemporary visual art producing work in a variety of media from drawing and painting to radical quilting and filmmaking. Wieland’s career spanned more than 40 years. She had her first solo exhibition in 1960. Many of her most celebrated projects, which include the incorporation of nationalist, feminist, and ecological ideas, were formulated while living in New York (1962–1971), where she partook in the lively underground film scene orbiting around the New York Filmmakers’ Cooperative with contemporaries such as Hollis Frampton, Shirley Clarke, Jack Smith, Jonas Mekas, and Ken and Flo Jacobs. She was married to artist Michael Snow at the time. Her films Sailboat (1967), Rat Life and Diet in North America (1968), Reason Over Passion/La Raison Avant la Passion (1969), and Solidarity (1973) are considered seminal works in the North American avant garde film canon. With True Patriot Love she was the first living Canadian female artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada (1971) and also the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (1988). Her films continue to screen at museums and festivals globally, and are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Yale and Princeton art galleries, Philadelphia Art Museum, The National Gallery of Art (Ottawa), and the Royal Ontario Museum. Weiland succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease in Toronto in 1998.
JOYCE WIELAND'S RAT LIFE AND DIET IN NORTH AMERICA & SOLIDARITY
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: December 2 – December 23, 2020
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Rat Life and Diet in North America, 16 min, 1968; Solidarity, 11 min, 1973
Curated by Oona Mosna