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Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment

About the Exhibition

Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment is a major exhibition of Canadian women artists that coincides with, and offers commentary on, the centenary celebration of the Group of Seven. The exhibition will gather more than 200 pieces of art by a generation of extraordinary women painters, photographers, weavers, bead workers and sculptors from a century ago — pioneers who opened new frontiers for women artists in Canada— for a cross-country snapshot of female creativity in this dynamic modern moment.

For the first time, the art of the famed Beaver Hall Group of painters from Montreal (among them Anne Savage and Lilias Torrance Newton) will be shown alongside the paintings of Emily Carr from British Columbia, and sculptures by Toronto artists Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Frances Loring and Florence Wyle.

The exhibition also includes the contributions of women from immigrant communities in this period, such as the painters Regina Seiden and Paraskeva Clark, as well as the work of Canadian expatriates like the avant-garde photographer Margaret Watkins, who left her home in Hamilton for the US and Scotland. The work of Indigenous women in this period is also featured prominently, including Attatsiaq from Arviat, Nunavut; Elizabeth Katt Petrant from Bear Island, Temagami; and Mrs. Walking Sun from the Carry the Kettle Reserve in Southern Saskatchewan.

Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment is curated by McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy and is made possible with the generous support of presenting sponsor BMO and the McMichael Women’s Art Council.

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Emily Carr (1871–1945), Logger’s Culls, 1935, oil on canvas, 36 x 112.2 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Miss I. Parkyn

Curatorial Talk with Sarah Milroy

September 15, 2021

Media Coverage of Uninvited

Their legacies are fragile, often preserved only by interested family members. One of the paintings in Uninvited took two years to find because it was held in the family. One part of the family had it, but another part did not know.

As Milroy describes it, a male artist belongs to history, but a woman belongs to those she loved and cared for. The goal of this exhibit is that these women, excluded from the highest ranks in their lifetimes, should be enthusiastically claimed, at last, by Canada.

‘A woman in a city’: What the Group of Seven lost in the northern woods, Joseph Brean, National Post, August 24, 2021

Read the National Post‘s preview of Uninvited here. 


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