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Joseph Hartman: The Artist's Studio
On view June 17, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Co-curated by Melissa Bennett & Alana Traficante

The artist's studio can be a sacred place, a vacuum, a social gathering site, a habitat of personal anguish, or growth - sometimes all these things at once. It is an intimate space where an artist creates the objects that will publicly represent their practice - the factory where work is made and sometimes too, the stage that presents it. For all its complex ingredients, the studio is essentially a portrait of the artist.

Spanning nearly five years of work by Hamilton-based photographer Joseph Hartman, The Artist’s Studio is an exhibition of large-format photographs of studio interiors, shot around the country. These photos provide rare behind-the-scenes views into the production spaces of some of Canada’s most well known contemporary artists (such as Pierre Dorian, Robert Davidson, Wanda Koop, Duane Linklater, Kent Monkman, Mary Pratt and John Scott) alongside more emerging practices.The exhibition coincides with the release of a full-colour catalogue, featuring over 100 images from the photo project, a curatorial essay, and interview with the artist (Black Dog Publishing, 2017).


Barry Pottle: The Awareness Series
On view June 28, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Curated by Alana Traficante

Barry Pottle’s Awareness Series, a suite of contemporary Inuit photographs recently acquired to the AGH permanent collection, considers two contrasting depictions of Inuit identity. Pottle probes the fraught history of the Eskimo Identification Tag System, which saw Canadian federal authorities issue tag numbers and corresponding identification discs to all Inuit in the Western and Eastern Arctic from the 1940s to 1970s. The 19 photograph series contrasts images of the numbered discs, and portraits of individuals (all friends, community members, and colleagues of the artist) who were, at one time, enrolled in the disc system. While these individuals may have varying opinions regarding this former government initiative, their shared experience brings awareness to a moment in recent history not commonly known or discussed in context of greater Canadian culture.

AGH Members receive Free Admission to all exhibitions.


The Living Room: Self Made
On view June 17, 2017 to October 15, 2017

The Living Room is the interactive, evolving installation space that launched in the Young Gallery in 2016. Self Made is the latest envisioning of this space, this time designed to echo some of the creative conditions that exist in an artist’s studio. The exhibition orbits around the work Hamilton-based designer and visual artist Stylo Starr’s 89 Dames, a series of photo transfer on collage that reformulate notions of beauty, specifically using images of black female celebrities feature in JET magazines of the 1950’s and 60’s. These works, along with some selections from the AGH collection will provide the inspiration for an interactive ongoing collage activity located in the centre of the Living room space.

AGH Members receive Free Admission to all exhibitions.



Gallery Level Two
Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries

The Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery

Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries




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