Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art is an innovative exhibition exploring hockey through the eyes of 14 artists from across Canada. Inspired by the idea that hockey is an inclusive sport, this exhibition explores themes of nationalism, gender, race, equity, sexuality, physical and mental health, and self-esteem. Organized into four sections: hockey jerseys, hockey masks, hockey cards, and hockey equipment, Power Play includes 45 artworks and memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Featured artists include: Judy Anderson, Scott Conarroe, Adrienne Crossman, Barrie Jones, Cyndra MacDowall, Hazel Meyer (with the Canadian AIDS Society), Laura Millard, Kent Monkman, François Morelli, Didier Morelli, Marc-Antoine Phaneuf, Liz Pead, Liss Platt, and Victor Romao.
By recognizing that the bodies that play hockey include people from many identities, the artists are proposing revised histories, alternative narratives, and provocative power plays within the game of hockey.
Curated by Jaclyn Meloche, PhD
The Art Gallery of Windsor would like to acknowledge the support of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Canadian AIDS Society, and the Windsor AIDS Committee for their contributions to the exhibition.
Power Play runs Friday, February 9 - May 12, 2019 and is set to tour Canada through 2021.