Exhibitions and Events
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.
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.
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 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 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.