Exhibitions and Events


No Laughing Matter

6 March – 19 April, 1992

Among the 13 internationally-known artists in this unusual and challenging exhibition are Hans Haake, Cindy Sherman, Gran Fury, Krzystof Wodiczko, Tom Otterness, Carrie Mae Weems and Guerilla Girls, all of whom employ humour and irony in order to get their point across. Asking “To whom is this funny? And Why?” the artists cover such issues such as racism, sexism, imperialism, corporate responsibility, the AIDS crisis, poverty and the environment. This important collection of activist art from the last decade includes sculpture, photography, paintings, prints, and mixed media installations.


Ansel Adams: Three Portfolios

17 January – 23 April, 1992

This exquisite selection of prints from the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts includes 32 photographs by the legendary American photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984). The Portfolios cover a period from 1948 to 1974, and demonstrate the clarity of Adams’ technique in landscapes, plant studies, portraits (including a classic 1938 portrait of Alfred Stieglitz) and buildings. Organized and circulated by the Extension Service of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, with the support from the Museum Assistance Program of Communications Canada.


Rephotographing the Land

17 January – 1 March, 1992

Marlene Creates, Patricia Deadman, Lorraine Gilbert, Ernie Kroeger, Sylvie Readman and Sandra Semchuk approach the idea of landscape photography from six very different perspectives.


The 38th Annual Dalhousie Student, Staff, Faculty and Alumni Exhibition

13 December, 1991 – 5January, 1992

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 students, staff, faculty and alumni. Members of the Dalhousie Community are invited to submit works for this exhibition, to be accepted at the gallery from November 30 – December 8 inclusive, during regular gallery hours. 


Shadow Area: Images of Illness and Healing by Robert Pope

1 November – 8 December, 1991

Halifax artist Robert Pope draws on his own experiences as a survivor of cancer in these haunting images of illness and healing. His paintings and drawings combine a realistic technique with visual symbols, heightened tonal contrasts and compositions often cropped into almost unbearable intimacy, in order to explore the emotional and psychological dimensions of cancer treatment. Organized by the Dalhousie Art Gallery, in conjunction with the 1991 Year of Medicine and the Humanities ad Dalhousie University, with support from the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture. 


Eleanor Bond: Social Centres

1 November – 8 December, 1991

Winnipeg artist Eleanor Bond’s huge canvasses portray a not-so-distant future society, where public mega-projects and theme parks vie with environmental concerns and special interest groups. How can urban and rural societies be restructured to fulfill a variety of conflicting individual and collective visions? Bond ironically explores these issues in her provocative, lushly painted utopias. Curated by Shirley Madill for the Winnipeg Art Gallery, with support from the Canada Council and the Manitoba Arts Council. 


Changers: A Spiritual Renaissance

21 September – 27 October, 1991

This timely exhibition presents paintings, sculpture, installations, photographs, prints and videos by ten contemporary Canadian women artists of Native ancestry: Rebecca Baird, Rebecca Belmore, Ruth Cuthand, Freda Diesing, Faye HeavyShield, Glenna Matoush, Shelley Niro, Alanis Obomsawin, Jane Ash Poitras and Joane Cardinal-Schubert. Their work addresses a range of important issues, including native history, cultural appropriation, native women’s changing identity and spiritual renewal.


From the Permanent Collection

12 June – 13 September, 1991

(1) Contemporary Drawings


Snakes and Ladders: Recent Paintings by Harlan Johnson, Alex Livingston and Leslie Sasaki

24 April – 7 June, 1991

Vigorous brushwork, saturated colour and biomorphic imagery characterize this exhibition of 28 figurative paintings by Harlan Johnson, Alex Livingston and Leslie Sasaki, all of whom have strong connections to this region. Their individual approaches to the problem of reinvesting painting with “content” derive partly from personal biography and partly from literature, both fiction and non-fiction, relating to culture, myth and natural history. All three artists employ allegorical, metaphorical and emblematic devices and an eclectic range of images.


The Logic of Ecstasy: Canadian Mystical Painting 1920-1940

22 February – 31 March, 1991

This unusual exhibition provides some original insights into the spiritual roots of abstraction in Canadian painting, and some powerful examples of the work of Bertram Brooker, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Jock MacDonald and Fred Varley. Better known as members (or associates) of the Group of Seven, these five painters shared an interest in eastern mysticism, transcendentalism, Theosophy, and the poetry of Walt Whitman.