Exhibitions and Events
The Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection contains nearly 600 works which have been acquired by purchase or donation. In-house exhibitions regularly focus on aspects of this rich and varied collection, which is also available to scholars and study purposes. The collection is maintained and organized by the Gallery’s registrar/preparatory, and is held in trust for the enjoyment and education of all members of the community.
(1) 40 Years: 40 Gifts
Through a fortuitous combination of people, place and time, Halifax became a prominent centre of experimental video production in the 1970s. Video artist and NSCAD professor Jan Peacock focuses on the early development of video as an art form, on its often transgressive behaviour and obsessive preoccupation with body and language, in a selection of works by Vito Acconci, David Askevold, Dara Birnbaum, Susan Britton, Martha Wilson and many others.
The visual artists, writers and composers whose activities are known collectively as Fluxus, came together 30 years ago, staging art events, performances and happenings in major cities across Europe and the U.S. Fluxus contributed the term “intermedia” and popularized time-based performance, video, installation and multiple art forms. Marcel Duchamp was an influential precursor of Fluxus, and John Cage and Josef Beuys were closely associated with the group.
What are the relationships between folk art and forms of contemporary art which adopt folk idioms? Co-curators Cliff Eyland and Susan Gibson Garvey tackle this question in a vibrant exhibition of paintings, assemblages, prints, sculptures, and fibre works by contemporary Nova Scotian artists Nancy Edell, Gerald Ferguson, Kyle Jackson, Janice Leonard, Charlie Murphy, John Neville, Leslie Sampson and Eric Walker.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.