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Punching the Clock Opening Weekend

September 14 - September 15

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Celebrate opening weekend of Punching the Clock with a fantastic slate of pile-driving programs for wrestling fans of all ages!

Friday, September 14th, 7 – 10 pm

Public Opening Reception of Punching the Clock. Join the artist and curator to kick off this weekend of exciting programming. No registration needed, refreshments provided.

Saturday, September 15th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Guided Exhibition Walkthrough of Punching the Clock: Working to Wrestle in Hamilton with artist Dave Kuruc in WAHC’s Main Gallery. No pre-registration needed. Free or by donation; all are welcome!

Sunday, September 16th, 2 – 4 pm

Art Wrestles Work! Exhibition Wrestling Matches with Alpha-1 Wrestling talent “All Ego” Ethan Page, “Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander, “Bone Crusher” Steve Brown and Brett Michael David.

Two live amateur wrestling matches in WAHC’s main gallery! A Q&A with local amateur wrestlers will follow the matches, facilitated by Dave Kuruc and Tara Bursey. Pre-registration required via Eventbrite here; space is limited. Register early!

About Punching the Clock: Working to Wrestle in Hamilton:

Punching the Clock, an exhibition of design and research by graphic artist Dave Kuruc, presents the faces, places and names of Hamilton’s amateur wrestling scene against a backdrop of Hamilton’s downtown and east end industrial neighbourhoods in the mid-20th century. The stories of the wrestlers represented illustrate how wrestling weaved a community together around common experiences of labour and leisure. The working lives of the people behind the pomp of their characters show the creativity and resilience of everyday people working for a living in a changing city.

A love letter to Hamilton’s past and present, this exhibition positions wrestling as equal parts art, work and sport — a true worker’s art form.

WAHC acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts for its support of the Punching The Clock: Working to Wrestle in Hamilton exhibition and program.

For more information, contact Hitoko Okada, Interim Program Coordinator at hitoko@wahc-museum.ca or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8L 1B5       905.522.3003       Public Hours: Wed to SAT > 10am—4pm