Exhibitions

Cosmos: Gathie Falk, Margaret Nazon and Erik Olson

September 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette

The mysteries of the universe come to life in celestial studies by three fascinating contemporary artists. Calgary-born Erik Olson’s sumptuous planetary paintings render our near-space neighbours in vivid, textural oils; veteran Canadian artist Gathie Falk’s heavenly bodies are poetic, expressionist depictions of the sun, moon and stars; and Margaret Nazon of Tsiigehtchic, N.W.T. interprets images from the Hubble space telescope using traditional beadwork techniques – with sublime results.

Erik Olson, Jupiter, 2011, oil on panel, Private Collection


The Arctic: Real and Imagined Views from the Nineteenth Century

September 29, 2018 –January 6, 2019
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Travis Lutley

Artworks depicting 16 separate Arctic expeditions between 1818 and 1876 contributed to near-mythical ideas about the far north. This exhibition examines the enduring colonial iconography of Canada’s North as a byproduct of the age of British Arctic expansion. Inuit cultural consultants, Sophia Lebessis and James Kuptana, provide an Inuit perspective on the content and themes that are addressed in the exhibition, which includes both Indigenous and European artifacts to provide added context and a sense of reality to the world depicted in these nineteenth century artworks - a world in which the real was often indistinguishable from the imagined.

S.G.Cresswell, H.M.S. Investigator in the Pack, October 8th, 1850, 1854, Collection of Glenbow


One New Work
Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal: Feet on the Ground

September 29 – January 6, 2019
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Nancy Tousley

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal: Feet on the Ground presents new work by the Calgary-based Cardinal, an emerging multi-media and performance artist and community activist. Cardinal, whose ancestral roots are Cree and German, uses the women’s Pow Wow Jingle Dress Dance and its regalia as key elements of her art practice, in which she seeks a deeper understanding of herself and her Indigenous culture. Jingle dresses made by the artist are presented in the company of historical dresses from the Glenbow collection, as well as videos of Cardinal performing in her dresses. Together, the jingle dresses in the exhibition span more than 100 years of Indigenous dressmaking during which the forms and styles of women’s dance regalia have evolved and changed through decades of innovation.

Tamara Lee Anne Cardinal, Jingle Dress Regalia and Sketch (detail), 2018, Courtesy of the Artist


Recent Acquisitions 2017

June 30 – December 9, 2018
Organized by Glenbow

For over 50 years, Glenbow has collected art and objects that represent the culture and history of our region and beyond, with the intention to use these acquisitions to learn, understand and inspire. This exhibition is an opportunity to share some of the special items that Glenbow collected in 2017, including additions to Indigenous Studies and Cultural History, plus significant artworks by Jeff de Boer, Dorothy Henzell Willis, John Chalke and Ron Spickett, among others.

Catherine Burgess, Remember II, from the Verbs Series, 2009, Collection of Glenbow


The Artist's Mirror: Self Portraits

March 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019

This exhibition features artists looking deeply at themselves and creating self-portraits in paint, photography and sculpture. From biographical self- expression to political commentary, the motivation behind creating a self-portrait is as diverse as the artists themselves. These portraits represent a fascinating selection of artists and time periods, drawn from the collections of Library and Archives Canada.

James Hill, self-Portrait as a Snail, 1979, Library and Archives Canada; c151789k


Graphic Illustration of a tattoo

Power in Pictures: The Outside Circle and the Impact of the Graphic Novel

Organized by Glenbow; curated by Joanne Schmidt

The Power in Pictures exhibition is the culmination of a series of workshops hosted at Glenbow that connected young people from USAY (Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth) with artist Kelly Mellings, illustrator of the graphic novel The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson. Participants were encouraged to tap into their own creativity to create comics and masks that drew on their own experiences to tell a story. A shared and collaborative space, the gallery features the art created by the USAY participants hung alongside that of the artist who taught them, creating a space where complex feelings and experiences are explored through art.



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