Kaleidoscopic Animalia: An exhibition designed and curated by Paul Hardy
October 17, 2015 - September 5, 2016
Kaleidoscopic Animalia is an exhibition that taps into current interests in fashion, design and visual culture while exploring big ideas about human creativity, cultural values and the universal interest in animals as art, fashion and culture.
Around the world, animals inspire powerful emotional connections as well as provide sustenance and survival. From toys to totems and from feast to fashion, the complex relationship between people and animals is revealed in the social, symbolic and artistic expression of many cultures.
With Kalaidescopic Animalia, Hardy presents a unique curatorial perspective. Animal-inspired artifacts and artworks from different cultures and eras will be juxtaposed based on common themes rather than being categorized by date or place of origin (an approach more typical of a museum).
Whether created to be a symbol of status, for entertainment or for daily use, the art and artifacts Hardy has chosen will gain new meaning when placed together, provoking conversations about consumption, conservation, creation and inspiration.
Hardy's curatorial debut will include original designs he is creating specifically for the exhibition, as well as artifacts and artworks from Glenbow's vaults that have rarely been exhibited.
Glenbow's In Residence program invites diverse artists from a variety of disciplines to interact with the museum's exhibitions and collections and then create a new work based on their discoveries. Past In Residence artists have included Kris Demeanor, Shane Koyczan, Kent Monkman and Corb Lund.
More About Paul Hardy
Paul Hardy's career in fashion began with a bang in 2002 with his opening show at Toronto Fashion Week, where his first collection garnered a host of rave reviews declaring "a star is born." He has been called one of the most iconic Canadian fashion figures of his generation and his designs are shown and sold around the world. Hardy's entrepreneurial career also includes working in interior design, costume design, tourism and humanitarian causes. At home, he has collaborated on prominent projects with Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, Alberta Ballet, Travel Alberta and the Calgary Stampede.
Hardy's celebrity clients have included Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher, Diane Krueger, Keisha Chante, Michael Michelle, Alanis Morrisette, U2 - The Edge & Daniel Lanois, Kate Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Sarah Mclachlan, Gold Medalist John Montgomery, Chantal Kreviazuk, and country singer Paul Brandt.