Upcoming Exhibitions

Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries

October 7, 2017 to 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 always to 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.

Lawren S. Harris, Sun and Earth, ca. 1939, Collection of Jeffrey C. and Suzanne C. Walker, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY, © Family of Lawren S. Harris


The Black Gold Tapestry

October 7, 2017

By Sandra Sawatzky
Organized by Glenbow

Nine-years in the making, Sandra Sawatzky’s 220-foot 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.

Sandra Sawatzky, The Black Gold Tapestry (panel 3 detail), 2017, courtesy of the artist


Glenbow offers a range of special exhibitions each year welcoming the best of international travelling exhibitions as well as drawing from our extensive collections. Explore our Permanent Exhibitions available all year 'round.

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