Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks
June 18 - September 18, 2016
Organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography
Curated by Christoper Cardozo and Todd Brandow
Over one hundred years ago, Edward Curtis (born in 1868) set out on a monumental quest to make an unprecedented, comprehensive record of the North American First Nations. Curtis’ core mission was to safeguard and preserve their ‘sacred legacy’ for future generations by creating a permanent record of their lives in photographs, film, sound, and text. Today this work stands as a landmark in the history of photography, book publishing, ethnography, and the history of the American West.
One Hundred Masterworks is an extraordinary selection of Curtis’ photographs, which highlights both iconic and previously little-known images. The collection from which this exhibition is drawn comprises over 3,000 vintage Curtis photographs and related objects.
First Person: Contemporary Indigenous Portraiture
June 18 - September 18, 2016
Organized by Glenbow; curated by Sarah Todd
First Person: Contemporary Indigenous Portraiture features work by contemporary indigenous artists from across Canada who use portraiture as a powerful gesture of both self-expression and self-determination. From manipulating historical photographs and film footage to documentary-style image making, these works provide a range of perspectives on the representation of indigenous people historically and in our present moment. Featuring works by KC Adams, Carl Beam, Michelle Latimer, George Littlechild, Kimowan Metchewais, Kent Monkman, Jane Ash Poitras, Skeena Reece and Jeff Thomas.
One New Work
Pamela Norrish: Magical Thinking
June 25 - September 2, 2016
Organized by Glenbow; curated by Nancy Tousley
The second of three exhibitions in the One New Work series, Pamela Norrish: Magical Thinking is centered on an extraordinary sculpture, Outfit for the Afterlife. At first glance it appears to be a simple T-shirt and pair of jeans, but they are constructed entirely of half-a-million tiny glass beads that have been hand-woven and hand-stitched to create two shining garments. Norrish’s inspiration for this outfit arose from her study of the history of beadwork and the experience of a personal loss. The One New Work series features a new work by an artist placed in a context by other works or objects. Outfit for the Afterlife will be accompanied by a selection of items that address the human condition of mortality in different ways.
1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group
October 22, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Art
The Beaver Hall Group are inextricably linked with the history of art in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Initially considered to be a Montreal counterpart to Toronto’s Group of Seven, the group stood apart through their work: rather than offering an image of Canadian identity through depictions of the untamed landscapes of a northern country, the Montreal artists imbued the inhabited landscapes of a northern culture with the colours of modernity. They also painted many portraits that convey this same quest for modernism; these works rank among the most remarkable in the history of Canadian art. The male-female parity within the group - a first in Quebec as in Canada - is another resolutely modern trait. The exhibition 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group presents works by its official members as well as by artists associated with them through friendship and solidarity; it demonstrates that the group’s diversity fuelled rich and fruitful exchanges.
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