GALLERY LEVEL ONE
AGH Members receive Free Admission to all exhibitions.
Expanding the Circle: Robert Davidson and the Ancient Language of Haida Art
On view February 11, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Organized and circulated in part by the McCord Museum, Montreal
Robert Davidson Xyaalang (Dancing) 2013
"If we look at the world in the form of a circle, let us look at what is on the inside of the circle as experience, culture and knowledge. Let us look at this as the past. What is outside of the circle is yet to be experienced. But in order to expand the circle we must know what is inside the circle. It has been the art that has brought us back to our roots. I am proud to be one of those people chosen to put the puzzle back together and move on. The challenge is ours to keep expanding the circle.” Robert Davidson
Just off Canada's North Pacific coast is a series of islands called Haida Gwaii, which have been home to the Haida people for more than 10,000 years. For generations, this Indigenous culture has produced some of the world's most visually stunning and intellectually complex forms of art. On their lush island home off the Northwest Coast, Haida have fashioned a world of outstanding artistic expression, one that sustained them through near annihilation in the late 19th century. This exhibition shines a light on one strand of their rich heritage by presenting an outstanding selection of historic Haida artworks.
In the past, as today, Haida artists could be male or female. Their creative output was astonishing - carved and painted chests, lifelike masks, finely woven baskets, complex songs and dances, intricate tattoo designs, imposing totem poles. This exhibition presents over seventy works that explore themes fundamental to Haida life and culture including potlatch ceremonies, performance, the power of transformation, and ceremonial art.
Contemporary Haida artists are constantly exploring the ancient language of their art; it is the foundation on which new endeavours are built and the grammar with which future histories are written. In the organization of this exhibition, the McCord Museum worked with renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson to guide the selection of historic artworks and discuss their significance. As such, the entirety of historical objects in this exhibition is drawn from the collection of the McCord Museum, with Davidson's insights woven into the exhibition commentary.
For the presentation of this exhibition in Hamilton, we are thrilled to include work by Davidson in conjunction with these historical objects. A selection of his painting and sculpture, many never before exhibited, has been selected with the artist in order to bring this artistic conversation to the present day and to highlight the work of this magnificent Canadian painter.
AGH Talk and film screening Thursday, February 9
Talk: Art on the Haida Gwaii with Robert Davidson at 7:00pm
Film: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World at 9:00pm
Sara Angelucci: Piece Work
On view February 11, 2017 to May 14, 2017
Curated by Melissa Bennett & Alana Traficante
Born in Hamilton to Italian immigrant parents, Sara Angelucci is well known for autobiographical work in a range of media including still photography, moving image, sonic performance and installation. With Piece Work, Angelucci revisited her mother's history as a garment worker, producing a new installation in three parts, in collaboration with contemporary workers at Hamilton's Coppley Apparel.
Coppley has operated continuously in the same white stone building on York Boulevard since 1883, and has employed every wave of new immigrants to the city, including Angelucci's late mother Nina, who arrived in Hamilton in 1957. In Piece Work, the factory signifies more than a long-standing local business or the artist's familial hisory. It is a capsule of the city's social history, and the diverse communities that together contribute to the fabric of our industrial roots. While Hamilton's labour history is often associated with the dominant narrative of masculine steel workers, the apparel industry, and its majority women workforce, was at one time a major player in the city's industrial economy.
Today, women continue to form the majority of the apparel industry workforce and Coppley is one of five remaining garment manufacturers in Hamilton. Although each maker is often anonymous, the women's combined piecework - the 123 pieces required in the construction of a man's suit - result in the carefully crafted image of successful masculinity. Working closely with sewers in the space of the factory, Angelucci presents a series of poignant artworks that bring attention back to the experience of the worker - in visual, auditory, and symbolic ways.
AGH Artist Talk with Sara Angelucci Thursday, March 9
6:30 pm: Reception with the artist
7:00 pm: Artist talk
8:00 pm: Tour
Hamilton Textile Industry and Exhibition Walking Tour, Saturday. April 1
10:30 am: Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (51 Stuart St.) Tour of All or None with Kandis Friesen
11:45 am: Walking Tour from WAHC to the AGH
1:00 pm: Tour of Piece Work with Sara Angelucci
AGH / WAHC Members: FREE | Non-Members: $12
Gallery Level Two
Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries
Nature and Man Revealed: The Mr. and Mrs. H.J.M Watson Collection of British Drawings.
On view April 1, 2017 to October 8, 2017
Nature and Man Revealed features the wide-ranging 18th-and 19th-century drawings recently donated by long-time Hamilton collectors Clare and Michael Watson. The high quality of this collection of British art in Canada is exceedingly rare. Thus, this exhibition presents an opportunity to view important works, many of which are on public display for the first time.
Such outstanding views as Thomas Girtin's Romantic Landscape reveal the first steps towards the more fluid and dynamic pictures of his close friend J.M.W. Turner. Alter natively, William Blake's Head of a Faun and Richard Cosway's Daphnis and Chloe illustrates the Engish fascination with Greco-Roman mythology. In shor t, the exhibit ion will highlight the quality and breadth of the Watsons' collection, which shines brightest when the 18th-century Academic works and colourful chalk drawings of Antique subjects are contrasted with the pictorial diversity characteristic of British landscapes.
The Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery
Free admission courtesy of Orlick Industries
Women's Art Association of Hamilton 121st Annual Juried Exhibition
On view February 18, 2017 to May 7, 2017
The Women's Art Association of Hamilton was formed in 1894 in response to concerns that Hamilton's cultural life might be overshadowed by the rapid growth and industrialization of the city. It played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Art Gallery of Hamilton in 1914 and in building the Gallery's extensive collection. Their annual juried show has occurred every year since their inception, and has been hosted by the AGH since 1947.
Today the Association continues to be a collective of talented women artists and art enthusiasts with a goalto promote appreciation of the visual arts among its members and within the community.
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