Exhibitions and Events

Exhibition

The 40th Dalhousie Student, Staff, Faculty and Alumni Exhibition

26 November – 19 December, 1993

An unbroken tradition for 40 years! This time, the Gallery’s annual celebration of the artistic talent of the university community will kick off the Gallery’s year-long 40th Anniversary celebrations. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and crafts by Dalhousie students, staff, faculty and alumni. If you are a member of this community take this opportunity to participate!

Exhibition

INDIGENA Contemporary Native Perspective

15 September – 14 November, 1993

This major touring exhibition of paintings, sculpture, videos and installations by eighteen contemporary Canadian Native artists presents a challenging, sometimes exquisitely beautiful, sometimes profoundly disturbing experience. Curated by Gerald MacMaster and Lee-Ann Martin to coincide with the 500th Anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in North America, the objective of the project was to “address such issues as discovery, colonization, cultural critique, and tenacity” from the Native perspective.

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Good Stories Well Told: Video Art for Young Audiences

4 June – 31 July, 1993

Created especially for viewing by children and youth, this unique exhibition includes 38 tapes produced by media artists, often in collaboration with young people, arranged into three groups for differing ages levels. The stories in these videos take place all over the world, from Brooklyn to Beijing, and in the imaginary places of dreams and fantasies. Some are presented in familiar forms lives narrative and comedy, educational film, rap music video, documentary and animation. Others employ more inventive, hybrid forms.

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Book Illustrations by Nova Scotian Artists

4 June – 31 July, 1993

Rarely seen book illustrations and dust jackets created between 1900 and 1960 by such artists as Will R. Bird, Robert Chambers, Mabel Killam Day, Winifred Fox, William de Garthe, Jack Gray, Donald C. MacKay and Charles Payzant. Guest curated for the Art Gallery by John Townsend with loans from Schooner Books and the Public Archives of Nova Scotia.

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Illustrations to Kipling’s Jungle Book

4 June – 31 July, 1993

Not the Disney version, but sixteen beautiful turn-of-the century colour proofs by Maurice and Edward Detmold (1903) of subjects from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. All of the favourite characters are here: Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan and Mowgli himself, in wonderfully dignified images selected from the Kipling Collection, Dalhousie University Libraries.

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Thorn-Apple Tree: Illustrations by Franklin Carmichael

4 June – 31 July, 1993

Franklin Carmichael (1890-1945), a founding member of the Group of Seven, created the exquisite wood-engravings in this exhibition to illustrate Grace Campbell’s novel about rural life in southeastern Ontario, titled Thorn-Apple Tree (1942). Some of the working tools and blocks used by Charmichael to make these delightful prints will also be on display. Organized by the Art Gallery of Windsor.

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John Greer: Civilization

16 April – 30 May, 1993

Civilization consists of 13 giant fragments of human bones sculpted in marble by Halifax artist John Greer. These monumental vanitas emblems include six pieces reminiscent of bone chips and seven specific forms: part of a skull-cap (suggesting mentality), the top of a femur (upright mobility), a floating rib (breath or spirit), part of a jaw (verbal communication) and three sections of thumb (dexterity or industry).

Exhibition

Nothing Outside Itself: Abstract Works from the Permanent Collection

16 April – 30 May, 1993

A major tenet of modernist abstraction -- that a painting should refer to nothing outside itself -- is underscored in this collection of paintings and prints in which visual experience is represented for its own sake. Works by Albers, Bush, Motherwell, Riopelle, and many others, have been selected from the Dalhousie Art Gallery's Permanent Collection.

Exhibition

Nova Scotian Women Artists in the Collection of Tony Saulnier

5 March – 11 April, 1993

Nova Scotian women artists have been active producers, teachers, exhibitors and promoters of art throughout the history of the province. Haligonian Tony Saulnier has gathered a remarkable collection of both better-known and lesser-known women artists, focusing on those who were most active in Nova Scotia in the early and middle decades of this century, including, to name a few, Marion Bond, Lucy Jarvis, Mabel Killam Day, Edith Smith, Margaret Semple, Ruth Wainwright, Helen Weld and Marguerite Zwicker. An informative essay by historian Scott Robson accompanied the exhibition.

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Robert Harris: Figure Work

5 March – 11 April, 1993

Charlottetown artist Robert Harris' historic painting The Fathers of Confederation earned him fame throughout Canada and a huge number of portrait commissions during his lifetime (1847-1919). This prolific artist also painted genre scenes and produced hundreds of sketches, prints, and watercolours of daily life in the provinces.

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