Exhibitions and Events


Thierry Delva: Artist talk and tour with Dr. David Murphy

15 October, 2015


The Dalhousie Art Gallery is pleased to present a guided tour and discussion of the exhibition Drawings from the Heart: Reproductions with the artist, and retired cardiac surgeon and artist David Murphy.

Admission is free and light snacks and refreshments will be provided.



Going Dutch

6 – 27 October, 2015



6 October - Nightwatching

Peter Greenaway, Netherlands/UK, 2007, 134 mins. Maverick filmmaker Greenaway dramatizes the period in Rembrandt’s life when he painted his masterpiece The Night Watch.

13 October - Rembrandt’s J’Accuse


Altered States: Transformation in Science Fiction Films

30 September – 16 December, 2015

Aristotle states, famously, in his Poetics, that “Characters must change”. In Science Fiction, sometimes everything changes. In this film program we look at a series of transformations, from Fritz Lang’s memorable 1927 film Metropolis to two recent adaptations of stories by the maverick Sci-Fi author Philip K. Dick: Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly.


Reception for Three Exhibitions

24 September, 2015

The Directed Tour of the Directed Lie

22 September, 2015

Join artist Paulette Phillips on a guided tour of her exhibition "The Directed Lie". The tour will be followed by a conversation between Phillips and the Gallery’s Director/Curator Peter Dykhuis, and Joanna Erdman, Assistant Professor of Law and MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.


Dalhousie Art Gallery and Halifax Ink at the New York Art Book Fair

18 – 20 September, 2015

The Dalhousie Art Gallery will be participating in the 10th Annual New York Art Book Fair in conjunction with Halifax Ink, a publishing consortium located in Halifax. 

For more information please visit: http://nyartbookfair.com/


From the Vault: The Oldest Patient

11 September – 22 November, 2015

In 1974, Halifax artist and arts educator Donald Cameron Mackay donated an ancient Egyptian mummified head to the Dalhousie Art Gallery. Although it arrived without the linen wrappings typical of the mummification process, thus affording a thorough visual examination of the face, skull and neck, the contents of the head remained a mystery.

Thierry Delva, Drawings from the Heart: Reproductions, 2014-15. Painting: Hans Memling, St John Altarpiece, 1479, St. John’s Hospital Museum, Bruges, Belgium. Photo: Kristiaan Dekeijser

Thierry Delva - Drawings from the Heart: Reproductions

28 August – 22 November, 2015

For much of his career as a sculptor, Delva has produced work that is one-to-one in scale, whether these are modified commercial refrigerators or mundane domestic objects such as Styrofoam coolers that he has precisely rendered in polished white marble. Although Drawings from the Heart: Reproductions may appear to be a departure from his object-making practice, it is consistent with his on-going interest in one-to-one renderings.

Paulette Phillips, The Directed Lie, polygraph tests, 2009-2015. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Paulette Phillips - The Directed Lie

28 August – 22 November, 2015

Most of us will admit that we lie to navigate tricky social interactions, we lie to protect people we love, we lie to maintain a sense that we are trustworthy and honest, and some of us lie to get what we want. We accept that lying is "kind of okay" and yet the idea of lying goes against our moral and ethical codes of behaviour. The Directed Lie inhabits a shifting perspective -- complicit with, and critical of, the act of lying.

left: Marlene Creates, A Stone Placed in Line with an Iceberg, Baffin Island, 1985. Dalhousie Art Gallery permanent collection, gift of the artist, 2001 right: Unknown, Greek votive female head, 5-4 century BC. Dalhousie Art Gallery permanent collection

From the Vault

9 June – 5 July, 2015

Although the Dalhousie Art Gallery recently passed its sixtieth year milestone, the start of Gallery’s collection dates back to the 1830s when Dalhousie University’s first President donated a print by John James Audubon to the school. Since 1953, the Gallery’s Acquisition Committee has actively developed, through purchase and donation, a varied permanent collection that promotes the mandate of the Gallery, engages with the evolving aesthetics of the times, and often reflects the collecting habits of the donors.