Exhibitions and Events


Selections from the Permanent Collection: The Canadian Landscape, 1850-1950

14 July – 24 September, 1989

A display of works from the Dalhousie Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection which includes paintings and works on paper by such artists as Andre Bieler, Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson, Jack Humphrey, Lawren Harris, David Milne, Marguerite Zwicker, Grace Keddy, Lucy Jarvis, Ruth Wainwright, Carl Schaefer, Edith Smith and Lewis Smith. Curated by Gemey Kelly. 


In Seclusion with Nature: The Later Work of L. LeMoine FitzGerald, 1942-1956

27 May – 9 July, 1989

An exhibition of 63 works, including oils and works on paper, which mark the changes in the work of Canadian artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald from 1942 until his death in 1956. These later works are noted for their parallel development of both abstract and realist images, and are a departure from FitzGerald’s previous efforts in terms of both subject matter and handling of medium.


Dalhousie Collects: William Townsend (1909 – 1973)

21 April – 21 May, 1989

A selection of paintings and drawings by this well-known artist and teacher from the collection of his daughter Charlotte and son-in-law Ian Townsend-Gault, who is a professor at the Dalhousie Law School. William Townsend was born in London and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and at the Slade where he was appointed Professor in 1968 and was responsible for establishing the post-graduate programme. Between 1951 and 1973 he taught frequently at the Banff School of Fine Arts where he made a significant contribution to its establishment as a year-round professional Centre for the Arts.


Works from the Donald Cameron MacKay Collection, Dalhousie University Archives

10 March – 16 April, 1989

An exhibition of the Maritime drawings, etchings, watercolours, and sketchbooks of Nova Scotia artist Donald Cameron MacKay (1906-1979) from the collection of the Dalhousie University Archives. Included in the display are studies of buildings and streetscapes – many since demolished – in Halifax and of the towns and fishing villages of Port Maitland, Wolfville, Bedford and others. Among MacKay’s earliest artistic efforts, these works provide us with an extensive and unique visual record of the region as it was in the 1920s.


Equivalent Worlds: The Figurative Paintings of John Clark, 1979 – 1988

10 March – 21 May, 1989

Human figures, whether implied or not, are the direct objects of analysis in the works of Canadian artist John Clark. The exhibition presents several paintings from the years Clark spent in Halifax (1978 – 1983) as well as more recent canvases completed in Lethbridge, Alberta where he currently lives and works. Concerned with depicting “things as they are”, Clarke attempts to achieve a balance between what he, as an artist, perceives on a conscious level and what he brings to work subconsciously.


The 35th Annual Dalhousie Student, Staff, Faculty and Alumni Exhibition

3 February – 5 March, 1989

The Gallery celebrates the artistic talents of members of the University community by presenting its annual exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and crafts by Dalhousie students, staff, faculty and alumni.


Riding a Dark Horse: Recent Work by Catherine Ross

17 December, 1988 – 29January, 1989

An exhibition of newly created sculpture by this Halifax artist which consists of large hand-crafted rocking horse figures. Organized by the Dalhousie Art Gallery. Curated by Gemey Kelly. 


Kim Truchan: Moving Sand

17 December, 1988 – 29January, 1989

New Sculptural works by Halifax artist Kim Truchan which makes reference to the beach environments of four sites in Nova Scotia. The exhibition consists of several multi-media/sound installations, as well as sketchbooks, photographs and a floor piece. Organized by the Dalhousie Art Gallery. Curated by Gemey Kelly


Paterson Ewen: Phenomena Paintings, 1971-1987

22 October – 11 December, 1988

A nationally touring exhibition of the large, gouged-plywood paintings of Paterson Ewen. The exhibition presents several of Ewen’s best-known works – studies of landscape and the phenomena of weather – dating from the early 1970’s to the present. These monumental works are painterly evocations of light and space which, according to exhibition Curator Phillip Monk, “rival the mystic depictions of the storm tossed scenes of the Group of Seven”. Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Ontario with the generous assistance of the Canada Council.


Visual Variations: African Sculpture from the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection

9 September – 16 October, 1988

A major exhibition of over sixty domestic and ceremonial objects created by the peoples of West Africa. Included in this important collection are combs, pipes, fly-whisks, fertility figures, masks and headdresses. Organized and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, and produced with the financial assistance of the Department of Communications.