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Upcoming Exhibitions


Arctic Exposure: Photographs of Canada’s North

Organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

May 3 to June 1, 2014

Curated by Sharona Adamowicz-Clements and Bonnie Rubenstein

Canadian identity is strongly tied to the North, yet impressions of this vast, remote, and desolate place have largely been formed through the viewing of photography. Nearly two hundred years have passed since photographs of the Arctic were first taken; a history marked by considerable cultural shifts and changes in image making and production technologies. Arctic Exposure: Photographs of Canada’s North brings together images made between 1881 and 2013, revealing an ongoing fascination with the peoples, places, and mythologies of the North. These visual documents reinforce the power of photographs to generate a compelling sense of empathy and reverence for a place that remains far from reach for most people.

Terence Koh

tomorrow’s snow and a way to the light

produced and commissioned as part of the Luminato Festival

June 6 to 13, 2014

Taking place outdoors at night, tomorrow’s snow is a brief, beautiful performative glimpse of a momentary image. Inspired by a passage from Margaret Atwood’s novel Cat’s Eye, the piece will recreate the look of freshly fallen snow, with an 8-year-old boy and girl, dressed in white, making snow angels. a way to the light is a tribute to Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr, set in the Artists’ Cemetery on the McMichael grounds.

Each evening, a performance will take place at 9:30 pm, preceded by a series of ancillary presentations at 8:15 pm complementing Koh’s works. Luminato Festival will offer transportation to audiences from downtown Toronto to the McMichael for an additional fee. A picnic meal curated by Koh will be available for purchase at the gallery prior to the performance.

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Charles Edenshaw

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibition is made possible with support from The Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Government of Canada through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Mr. David Aisenstat.

June 28 to September 21, 2014

Haida artist Charles Edenshaw (1839–1920) is now recognized as one of the most innovative artists working on the west coast at the turn of the twentieth century. This exhibition offers a complete overview of Edenshaw’s work, presenting a wide range of the objects that he created during his lifetime, from traditional objects that he made for family members to elaborately carved model poles, platters and other objects produced for trade with Europeans.

Examining his remarkable aesthetic achievements, the exhibition focuses on four predominant themes: his advancement of traditional formline design; his ability to animate Haida stories in his carving; his interest in new materials and visual ideas that led to innovative cultural hybrids; and, finally, his deep-seated belief in Haida traditions, which gave him the agility and fortitude to thrive as a Haida artist during oppressive colonial rule.

With objects borrowed from public and private collections from across North America, this touring exhibition is the most comprehensive on the artist to date. Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, it is curated by Robin K. Wright (renowned Northwest Coast scholar and Director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle) and Daina Augaitis (Chief Curator and Associate Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery), with Haida advisors Robert Davidson and Jim Hart.

Norman Hallendy, born 1932 Innunguaq - in the likeness of a human, Cape Dorset, southwest Baffin 1997, colour image from 35mm slide, Gift of Norman Hallendy, 2009
McMichael Canadian Art Collection Archives

Norman Hallendy, born 1932
Innunguaq - in the likeness of a human, Cape Dorset, southwest Baffin 1997, colour image from 35mm slide, Gift of Norman Hallendy, 2009
McMichael Canadian Art Collection Archives

Terence Koh - tomorrow's snow and a way to the light - June 6 to 13, 2014 - Luminato Festival

Photo: Hugh Lippe








Charles Edenshaw - June 27 to September 21, 2014

Charles Edenshaw, Sea Bear Bracelet, late 19th century silver, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Purchase 1974, 1981.108.1
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery    


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