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GALLERY LEVEL ONE

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The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists
On view May 28, 2016 to September 11, 2016
Organized and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Art Gallery of Hamilton


Drawing upon our growing fascination with self-portraiture (consider the global selfie craze), The Artist Herself brings together a collection of works that reveal how women artists defined themselves in Canada from the late eighteenth century to the early 1960s. In exploring this topic, what better genre to examine than the self-portrait? Yet, historically, limiting self-portraiture to a narrow traditional definition has marginalized or eliminated the works of many women artists.

This exhibition is as much about investigating “traditional” self-portraits as it is about the self reflected and inscribed in more unexpected—but equally meaningful—ways. As such, we expand the genre’s definition by moving beyond the human face to propose other forms of self-representation, from both settler and Indigenous perspectives.

Through this widened scope of identity, we redefine women artists’ explorations, conceptions, and presentations of self. We come to see not only how women found voice within a historically masculine genre, but also how they expressed their identity outside of it. Together, the works reveal how Canadian women artists have given profound expression to their personal, familial, and communal identities across cultures, media, and time.

The exhibition is co-produced with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (AEAC), Queen’s University, Kingston, and co-curated by Tobi Bruce, AGH Director, Exhibitions and Collections, and Alicia Boutilier, Curator of Canadian Historical Art at the AEAC.

 

The Artist Herself | L'Artiste Elle-Même

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Lecture Series: In Discussion

Canadian Women Artists and the Art World
Thursday, May 26, 7:00 p.m.

An Evening with Suzy Lake
Thursday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.


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Imaging Phantoms: Catherine Heard
On view June 17, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Curated by Melissa Bennett, AGH Curator of Contemporary Art

Catherine Heard’s sculptural figures are often perceived as expressions of anxiety around the fragility of the human body. In her artistic practice, she explores human fears about the body and its inherently flawed and ephemeral nature. Her work is informed by science as it enlivens these topics in poetic and haunting ways. This solo exhibition features new scuptures made of organic and medical materials, as well as embroidered lace pieces that form a sculptural fabric head. Each sculpture is accompanied by an projection of an animation of the layered images of the sculptural interiors. The exhibition builds on Heard’s research into the interior sublime.

In partnership with St. Josephs’ Healthcare and Dr. Julian Dobranowski, the AGH will present this exhibition which centers on awareness of how the human body functions, with particular focus on how we learn about our bodies through medical images such as CAT scans and MRIs. New works by artist Catherine Heard will be featured, having been created from medical imaging materials such as Barium, which Heard used as a sculptural material scanned in various medical imaging machines to create new X-ray type images. Heard is a Toronto-based artist whose sculptural figures are often perceived as expressions of anxiety around the fragility of the human body. In her artistic practice, she explores human fears about the body and its inherently flawed and ephemeral nature. Julian Dobranowski MD, FRCPC, is Senior Consultant, Strategic Quality Initiatives, Diagnostic Imaging, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Associate Professor, McMaster University, and Director of the Centre of Radiological Anatomy.


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Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven
On view June 17, 2016 to September 25, 2016
Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator, Historical

For over a century our relationship with the natural world has been a central subject for Canadian artists. This exhibition focuses on the changing role of landscape in historical Canadian art and spans approximately a century, from the 1830s to the 1940s. The works on view include paintings that are very traditional in approach as well as those that were regarded, at the time they were painted, as being extremely radical. Superb examples of work by many of Canada’s most celebrated artists are on view, and the exhibition is particularly rich in works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Early depictions of both Indigenous peoples and European settlers in the Canadian landscape are comprehensively shown, as are artists connected to the founding of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1880 and those associated with the expanding Canadian Pacific Railway. As painters’ exploration of Canada gradually shifted to the landscape itself, we see the extraordinary visual legacy of the Group of Seven, including parallel figures such as Emily Carr, Maurice Cullen and Jock Macdonald, to name only a few. Drawing on the collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery and a remarkable loan from an important private collection, Embracing Canada presents a rich and layered history of landscape painting in Canada.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and is curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator-Historical.

 

Lecture Series: In Discussion

Thoughts on Collecting The Group of Seven
Thursday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.



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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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