Barbara Meneley: Prairie History Redux
Curated by Blair Fornwald, Assistant Curator
October 17, 2015 to February 18, 2016
Regina Public Library Central
Performances: Saturdays, October 17, November 7, and December 5, 1:00 pm, Prairie History Room
Artist Talk: Saturday, Saturday, January 16, 1:00 pm, RPL Film Theatre
Reception to follow
Engaging the unique collections of RPL's Prairie History Room, which focus on the history and peoples of the Great Northern Plains, from pre-colonial times to present day, artist Barbara Meneley will create thousands of tracings on translucent paper, selecting images and texts from each item in its holdings of over three thousand archival records, maps, photographs, newspapers, books and other documents. The sheets of paper are hung in layers, so that multiple images may be seen through one another. The installation is kinetic, moving with the air currents that circulate through the space to reveal more delicate, fragmented images. Prairie History Redux envisions our history, from pre-colonial times to present day, as a complex matrix of contradictory narratives.
Barbara Meneley, Prairie History Redux, 2015. Photo by Don Hall.