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13 January to 26 February

Nicolas Baier
Scénes de genre [Genre Paintings]

Opening Reception Thursday, 12 January at 8 pm
Opening remarks by Mark Mayer
Director, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

Montréal native Nicolas Baier’s gigantically-scaled digitally contructed photographs present mundane scenes and everyday objects from the artist’s own domestic universe. In them, Baier obsessively documents his home and studio and all the things that are found there, the petit riens (little nothings) of existence. Curator Gilles Godamer notes that Baier’s latest work “deepens the rapport between his photographic practice and that of painting, at the same time as he interrogates, with a lot of pertinence and poetry, the concept of abstraction.” Organized by the Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal, this exhibition’s national tour has been made possible with funding from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.





The Idea of North

Opening Reception Thursday, 12 January at 8pm

Titled after Glenn Gould’s influential radio documentary of 1967, The Idea of North is a three-part exhibition of contemporary audio and media art that addresses the concept of the locality of sound. The installations at Dalhousie Art Gallery include playful sound objects by Marla Hlady, a mysterious projection by Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, an experimental radio broadcast by Dana Samuel (in collaboration with CKDU) and a fascinating sound environment by Jana Winderen. The Idea of North is the result of an international collaboration of artists, curators and institutions, and has involved exhibitions in Norway, Iceland and Canada. The Canadian exhibition, a multi-venue event involving sixteen artists from Canada, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, has been organized by Toronto-based curator Rhonda Corvese in collabration with Dalhousie Art Gallery, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery and Eyelevel Gallery, with financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the NS Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

The Gallery is grateful to Musicstop and Dalhousie's Personal Computer Purchase Centre (PCPC) for their generous support of Jana Winderen's installation.


Nicolas Baier
Petits riens [Little Nothings], 2002
digital print on photographic paper
394.5 x 395 cm, Edition 1/2
Collection Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal



Marla Hlady
Soundball #4, 2004-5
images courtesy of the artist

10 March to 30 April

Opening Reception Thursday, 9 March at 8pm

Inspired by the gallery’s acquisition of Mitchell Wiebe’s painting Digital Dragon Meets Analogue Unicorn, curator Susan Gibson Garvey has selected paintings that in her words “exhibit a fullness or exuberance in handling or composition, or that present an element of narrative, be it story-telling or confabulation, implying a sense of fabled wonder, or a combination of these qualities...” Included are works by Suzanne Gauthier, Art Green, Alex Livingston, Leslie Sasaki, Monica Tap and Mitchell Wiebe, selected from the permanent collection of the Dalhousie Art Gallery and augmented by works borrowed from other collections and from the artists themselves. A subtext for this exhibition is the importance of enhancing awareness of the many “fabulous” works in local public collections, held in trust for this and future generations.

I am a music video
Opening Reception Thursday, 9 March at 8pm

Curator Becka Barker explores the ways in which three contemporary artists, Skawennati Tricia Fragnito, Meesoo Lee and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, subvert the music video genre. Self-consciously exploiting the trappings and stylistic patterns of music videos, these artists address ideas of authorship, identity, artistic collaboration across disciplines, and consumer culture. Organized by the Centre for Art Tapes in collaboration with Dalhousie Art Gallery and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.




Art Green
Conflicting Evidence, 1974
Dalhousie Art Gallery Collection
Gift of the artist, 1975



12 May to 2 July


Back/Flash is an examination of aboriginal media art ranging from early video production to ground-breaking video installation, virtual reality, net art, and digital works. By turns amusing, accusing, enlightening and provocative, this exhibition presents installations by Thirza Cuthand, David Garneau, Zachery Longboy, Mike MacDonald, Buffy Saint-Marie, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, as well as computer-based works by Skawennati Tricia Fragnito and Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew and single channel video by Cat Cayuga, Dana Claxton, Stephen Foster, Zacharius Kanuk. Steven Loft, Darlene Naponse and Shelley Niro. Curator Dana Claxton comments that these artists “use technology to tell stories, contest the stolen and broken landscape, make new meanings from old tired images and create new narratives that locate aboriginality within discourses of place, self, historicity and the machine.” The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre.


David Garneau
video still from Black Pepper 1999
image courtesy of the Walter Phillips Gallery


19 August to 8 October

Lisette Model

Opening Reception Friday 18 August at 5:30 pm

Vienna-born photographer Lisette Model’s bold and lively images of individuals and street life in Paris, New York and other cities profoundly affected a generation of photographers, including the notable American photographer Diane Arbus. This exhibition comprises fifty photographs, taken over a twenty-year period (from the 1930s to the 1950s) selected from the National Gallery of Canada’s collection of Model prints by their Curator of Photography Ann Thomas; it includes images from Paris, Nice (notably examples from her well-known Promenade des Anglais series), New York (including her famous “Coney Island bather”), San Francisco, and from the studio of painter Armando Reveron in Venezuela.

Special Lecture: Curator Ann Thomas will present a lecture titled Lisette Model and Photography in the McCarthy Era on Thursday, 28 September at 8 pm. In this fascinating lecture, Dr. Thomas will trace the profound and debilitating effect of the McCarthy “witch-hunt” on the work of Model and her contemporaries.

Special Screening: the documentary film Off Limits (La rue zone interdite) by Gilbert Duclos (52 mins) will be presented on Wednesday, 13 September at 12:30 pm and 8 pm. In 1988 the publication of a photograph of a young woman sitting on the sidewalk started a legal saga that reached the Supreme Court of Canada. The film follows the case and its consequences for documentary practice.



Lisette Model
Café Metropole, New York
gelatin silver print, 49.3 x 39.3 cm
National Gallery of Canada
Gift of the Estate of Lisette Model, 1990,
by direction of Joseph G. Blum, New York,
through the American Friends of Canada

19 August to 8 October

Bryan Maycock: (de)composed

Opening Reception
Friday 18 August at 5:30 pm

Nova Scotia-based artist and NSCAD University professor Bryan Maycock pulls together what he calls “the detritus of my life” to offer an eccentric perspective on the “art” of composting. He uses the framework of art history and the re-sources of popular fiction to create mixed media works and installations, all of which have something to do with the notion of compost. Recycling his own paintings, finding new uses for old paperbacks, turning wooden offcuts into compost box maquettes (that range in style from romanesque to postmodern) accompanied by posters seemingly designed for the ecologically-minded commercial traveler, Maycock stretches the concept of decomposition into unpredictable and amusing dimensions.

Artist Presentation Thursday, 14 September at 8 pm.








20 October to 26 November

Lani Maestro
Sing Mother (Twilight eats you)

For this exhibition, internationally-known artist Lani Maestro presents several new works, as well as a reconstruction of her
room-sized installation i want! i want! i want! (previously exhibited in Montréal at the Galerie de l’UQAM). Interested in the experience of subjectivity and how subjectivity is situated, Maestro creates works that emanate a quiet, poetic sensibility yet place us physically and emotionally au point, treading a line between what is possible to say or know and what can only be experienced beyond language. Sing Mother (Twilight eats you) explores the relationship between drawing, language and the feminine in a series of texts in watercolour. Other installations in the exhibition use objects, sound or projected images to probe what Maestro calls “the crevices between sensuality/violence and that space of otherness/unknowing.” The accompanying catalogue will include an essay by curator Susan Gibson Garvey and a text by the award-winning Montréal-based poet Erin Moure. This exhibition is supported with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts and the NS Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.



8 to 20 December

53rd Annual Student, Staff,
Faculty & Alumni Exhibition

Opening Reception Thursday 7 December at 8 pm

Our annual celebration of the creativity of students, staff, faculty and alumni of Dalhousie and King’s College, in painting, graphic art, photography, mixed media, video, sculpture and crafts. We welcome your artwork (original artwork only, please, framed and ready to install) for this exhibition, which makes no distinction between amateurs and professionals. Up to three entries per person will be accepted during regular gallery hours between 1 and 30 November. Entry forms are now available in the Gallery.



Bryan Maycock
Gustav's poster, 2004


Lani Maestro
i want! i want! i want! 2000
installation detail
Photo: Paul Litherland


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