Exhibitions and Events
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.
Nova Scotian women artists have been active producers, teachers and promoters of art throughout the history of this province. Haligonian Tony Saulnier has gathered a remarkable collection of better-known and lesser-known women artists, many of whom were most active in Nova Scotia during the first half of this century, including Marion Bond, Lucy Jarvis, Mabel Killam Day, Edith Smith, Margaret Semple, Ruth Wainwright, Helen Weld, Marguerite Zwicker, and others.
The sixth in our Front Alcove series presents recent video works by Buseje Bailey and Donna James, produced at the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax and also at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, where both artists attended this past summer's workshop titled Race and the Body Politic. These four compelling videos explore the black female experience of tradition, beauty and desire, challenging the normative forces of white culture. Program time: 40 minutes.
Photography is flat and illusionistic; sculpture is concrete, occupying three-dimensional space. This exhibition proposes multiple relationships between these apparently antagonistic mediums, in six hybrid installations by Quebec artists Jocelyne Alloucherie, Patrick Altman, Guy Bourassa, Paul Lacerte, Alain Paiement and Sylvie Readman. The works were produced during a two-month summer workshop held at the Studios d'été de St-Jean-Port-Joli, which was also responsible for organizing and circulating the exhibition, with financial assistance from the Canada Council.
The 39th Annual Dalhousie Student, Staff, Faculty and Alumni Exhibition: The Year of Medicine and the Enivronment
The Gallery's annual celebration of the artistic talent of the university community, through an exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and crafts by Dalhousie student, staff, faculty and alumni. This year, the Gallery is helping to celebrate the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine's Year of Medicine and the Environment by asking members of the Dalhousie community to enter works which relate in some way to the theme of the environment.
This exhibition includes nine of Suzanne Gauthier's mixed media works made between 1987 and 1992. Crossing the boundaries of a variety of mediums and techniques, Gauthier draws her rich, allusive imagery from sources as wide-ranging as classical wall paintings, mediaeval sculpture, oriental mythology, modernist abstraction and current literary texts. Themes of loss and recovery, sexuality and death, memory and identity recur throughout these complex works.
The fifth in our series of front alcove exhibitions features printmaker Marlene MacCallum's small, precise drypoints and mezzotints of interiors. By contrasting deep shadows with luminous areas, MacCallum conveys a poetic preoccupation with surface, illusion, transience and isolation.
This sampling of the extraordinary range and inventiveness of this renowned Czech scenographer covers nearly 50 years of theatrical designs in the form of models, slides and photographs. From designs employing constructivist aesthetics, through experiments with new technologies, pure light, aerosols, mirrors and kinetic projection screens. Svoboda's art has inspired generations of scenographers in Europe and the Americas. This exhibition has been organized by the Dalhousie Art Gallery in collaboration with scenographer Peter Perina and the Dalhousie Theatre Department.
This fascinating, well-documented exhibition of British eighteenth-century prints and drawings has been selected from the Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. The artists draw on such diverse sources as Homer, the Bible, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Shelley for their images and themes, which highlight the Romanticist-Classicist dichotomy of the period.
Between 1816 and 1820, George Ramsay, ninth Earl of Dalhousie held the position of Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. During that time, he travelled around the province by boat, horseback, sleigh and on foot, often accompanied by his talented draughtsman, John E. Woolford. This exhibition includes a bound volume of 52 sketches of Nova Scotia completed by Woolford in 1818 plus seven ink washes and watercolours. All of this material was part of a large donation to Dalhousie University by William Inglis Morse.