2017-2018 Exhibitions

In addition to our permanent art and artifact displays, Glenbow maintains an active exhibition program throughout the year. Exhibitions are often drawn from our collections. We also host travelling exhibitions from museums and art galleries around the world.

Alex Janvier, Untitled, 1986

Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master

June 16 - September 9, 2018
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

This major retrospective, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, celebrates Alex Janvier’s lifetime of creativity, knowledge and perspective, gained through his love of the land, art and Dene culture. The exhibition features more than 100 remarkable paintings and drawings, including well-known masterpieces as well as works that have never been on public display.

Alex Janvier, Untitled, 1986, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (42867) © Alex Janvier. Photo: NGC


Gwenessa Lam, What Magic, 2017-18, photo-etching with chine colle, Courtesy of the Artist. Photograph by Blaine Campbell

One New Work
Gwenessa Lam: What Magic

June 16 – September 9, 2018
Curated by Nancy Tousley
Organized by Glenbow

Using an image of a house fire found online on multiple websites as a starting point, Calgary artist Gwenessa Lam examines how meaning is made, lost and changed by the repetition and circulation of images on the web, and how the line between perceived and constructed reality is continually blurred.

Gwenessa Lam, What Magic, 2017-18, photo-etching with chine colle, Courtesy of the Artist. Photograph by Blaine Campbell.


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.


Jennifer Wanner: Second Nature

October 7, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Organized by Glenbow

In this exhibition of exquisitely and painstakingly created collages and a stop-motion animation, senior Calgary artist Jennifer Wanner upends traditional scientific botanical art by splicing images of endangered Canadian plant species together to create new hybrid plants - one to represent each province and territory in Canada. Wanner's work prompts us to consider both the looming eradication of species in nature and the implications of genetic engineering, suggesting that both are the result of the western fascination with mastery over nature.


Graphic Illustration of a tattoo

Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries

October 7, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Organized by The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Curated by Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens

From mountains to states of mind, Lawren Harris aimed to always go higher. After his soaring depictions of mountains and icebergs made him famous and became quintessential Canadiana, the iconic landscape painter and member of the Group of Seven turned to abstraction, seeking to find or create "the spiritual in art." Lawren Harris and his contemporaries were seeking a view into the infinite and the sublime - their artwork was on a cosmic scale. This exhibition also features an important presentation of Harris' American counterparts, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Raymond Jonson, and Marsden Hartley. Over 60 works of art make up this exhibition that shows another side of one of Canada's greatest artists.


One New Work
DaveandJenn: The Wellspring

October 7, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Nancy Tousley

DaveandJenn: The Wellspring is the fourth exhibition in the One New Work exhibition series curated by Nancy Tousley. Calgary artists DaveandJenn have become known for their colourful, layered works in paint and resin, as well as their fantastical sculptures. Here, in their first installation work, the artists have created an immersive environment that transforms the gallery into an undersea grotto populated by an enigmatic presence. This resonant 21st-century artwork addresses the origins of life in the universe, cycles of life and death, the workings of complex systems such as coral reefs and human bodies and the interconnectedness of all living things.

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