Julie Gladstone: Return to the Fortress
October 24, 2019 – February 9, 2020.
Museum of Jewish Montreal
4040 blvd. St-Laurent, Montreal
Opening reception/ Vernissage:
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 7pm – 9pm.
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Artist Talk / Tête à tête
Sunday October 27th 18:00 – 20:00
Please join us again on for Tête à tête: Artist Julie Gladstone in Conversation.
The artist will be discussing Return to the Fortress, the contemporary sublime and her artistic practice with visual artist, educator and researcher Emma Haraké.
The Museum of Jewish Montreal proudly presents: Return to the Fortress by Julie Gladstone, an exhibition featuring abstract paintings created after visiting the homeland from which her ancestors were exiled, drawing from medieval Sephardic iconography, ancient legends, and the native flora of Béjar, Spain. Return to The Fortress combines abstract painting and personal narrative to reveal themes of identity, belonging, and reconciliation. Drawings, textile work, and an installation altar piece further explore intersections between personal and ancestral healing, and the duality of home as both physical place and internal space. During a recent residency and solo exhibition hosted by the David Melul Jewish Museum in the medieval village of Béjar, Spain, Gladstone was given an opportunity to explore her Sephardic family’s roots and a legacy of diaspora that has lasted since her family’s expulsion from the town of Béjar in 1492 during the Spanish Inquisition. Following this experience, the artist is pleased to present an interdisciplinary body of work that considers the mythology of homeland and connection to ancestry.
“How do you return to a homeland from which your ancestors were expelled and that has existed in your family mythology for 500 years? How do you return carrying your unborn child, when your ancestors were warned in an official Edict of Expulsion that neither they, nor any of their future offspring were to ever return, upon punishment by death?” – Julie Gladstone
About the Artist Julie Gladstone is an abstract painter, sculptor and installation artist currently based in Toronto. Holding a BFA from Concordia University, Gladstone has had solo exhibitions at Walnut Contemporary, Navillus Gallery, GN Contemporary, and Museo Judio David Melul de Béjar. Gladstone is currently an MFA Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studio Arts program at OCADU, and is the recipient of the Artscape Award (2014) and the CSCE Emerging Artist Award at the Art Gallery of Alberta (2016). Her work has receiving media attention from CBC Arts, The Guardian, Toronto Life and Notable, and can be found in private collections in Canada, the US, Germany and England, the City of Edmonton, the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, The David Melul Jewish Museum, and El Ayuntamiento de Bejar.
About the Museum of Jewish Montreal The Museum of Jewish Montreal is an innovative place to connect with Montreal’s Jewish life and identify, share our diverse heritage, and create new cultural experiences. Our 2019/2020 contemporary art exhibition series Inside/Out, examines what exists in the space between inside and out, personal and public, or real and imagined. The Inside/Out exhibition series has been made possible through the Shaping our Future Grant, thanks to the generous support of the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, the Nussia and Andre Aisenstadt Foundation, and Federation CJA.