Frida Kahlo: Her Photos

February 3 - May 21, 2018

An exhibition by Frida Kahlo Museum – Casa Azul/Diego Rivera Museum; Banco de Mexico Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo's distinctive, colourful self-portraits and extraordinary life have made her one of the most recognized artists of the twentieth century. Less well known is her special relationship with photography. Throughout her life, Kahlo meticulously collected over 6,000 photographs of herself and her loved ones as well as scenes of Mexican culture, politics, art, history and nature. The exhibition Frida Kahlo: Her Photos gives us the opportunity to better understand the woman behind the artist: her origins, her roots, her friendships and romantic relationships, her constant fight with her fragile health, her political tendencies, and the strong role that photography played in her life and work.

One New Work
John Will: Photography R.I.P.

February 3 - May 21, 2018

Curated by Nancy Tousley
Organized by Glenbow

First and foremost, John Will has been known as a painter and printmaker, who has also made performance art and video during a career that spans nearly 50 years. Photography has always played a large role in Will’s work, both in the form of photographs he has taken himself, and in many instances where Will has recruited and altered found photographs for purposes other than what the makers originally intended.

The Black Gold Tapestry

October 7, 2017 - May 21, 2018

By Sandra Sawatzky
Organized by Glenbow

Nine-years in the making, Sandra Sawatzky's 67 metres hand-embroidered The Black Gold Tapestry tells the story of how oil has impacted human civilizations around the world, from bitumen bubbling up in the waterways and marshes of Iraq 5,000 years ago to the enormous influence of oil on the global economy today. Examining how oil and natural gas have fueled human ingenuity, progress, warfare, disaster, prosperity and commerce across the globe, The Black Gold Tapestry highlights fascinating vignettes from the past and the present that will surprise and even delight viewers of this truly epic project.

Eye of the Needle

October 7, 2017 - May 13, 2018

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette

This exhibition explores how the humble needle and thread, the shiny bead and sequin, the porcupine quill and tuft of moose hair have been used in the hands of skilled creators to create objects of incredible beauty. Many of these intricate works of art, craft and fashion are found in Glenbow's historical textile and fashion collection.Others are by Canadian contemporary artists. This juxtaposition provides rich examples of both tradition and innovation in needlework, beading and embroidery.

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.

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.

Lola Álvarez Bravo, Frida Kahlo, ca. 1944 ©Frida Kahlo Museum
John Will, She Walks Amongst Us: Family Reunion, Collection of the Artist
Sandra Sawatzky, The Black Gold Tapestry (panel 3 detail), 2017, Courtesy of the artist
Artists Unknown, Dene porcupine quillwork belts, early 20th century, Collection of Glenbow Museum
James Hill, self-Portrait as a Snail, 1979, Library and Archives Canada; c151789k

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