BillBurns(goat)On Tuesday I did a blog post about the exhibition Beatrix Ruf Protect Us: A Project About Longing that opened at the Dunlop Art Gallery last night. The show is by Bill Burns — an artist who was born and raised in Regina, but now lives and works in Toronto and London.

We’ll have a cover story on Burns and his exhibition in our Dec. 11 issue. As I noted in the post, as part of the opening weekend a performance was planned for this afternoon that involved the milking of a goat.

As you can see from the above photo, that went down as scheduled. In the context of the show, the milk that was produced (a modest amount as apparently this is not the prime milking period in the goat breeding cycle)  represents one half of the Biblical phrase “milk and honey” that symbolizes prosperity and well-being.

How this ties in with the subject of Beatrix Ruf Protect Us, which dissects the political and economic machinations of the international art market, is a subject that we’ll explore in greater detail in the cover story.