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A Garden of Forking Paths
June 29 - September 25, 2005

Curated by Bruce Johnson

Through monumental installations, video, painting, holography and photography, six Canadian artists consider how history and knowledge are created and used. Participating artists: Tom Bendtsen, Lori Clarke, Alexander Graham, Angela Grauerholz, Alex Livingston and David Morrish.

June 29 - September 5, 2005

Curated by Bruce Johnson

This exhibition of collected works explores the idea of night, literally as well as psychologically. Night Set assembles sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking by artists including Christopher Pratt, Barb Hunt, David Blackwood and Will Gill.

The Niche Project: Marlene MacCallum
June 29, 2005 - January 8, 2006

Curated by Bruce Johnson

Marlene MacCallum installation presents 30 black-and-white photographs that explore the theatrical nature of architecture. Presented within a grid of recessed niches, this project plays with the illusions created by the eye's interaction with interior spaces.

Comharsana Beal Dorais (Next Door Neighbours)
June 29, 2005 -January 7, 2006

Curated by Catherine Marshall and organized by the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Spanning works by 24 of Ireland's more celebrated contemporary artists, Comharsana Beal Dorais (a Gaelic phrase translated as Neighbours) offers a rare chance to experience the vibrant artistic production coming from Newfoundland and Labrador's next door neighbour.

Selections from the Permanent Collection
June 29 - September 5, 2005

Curated by Gordon Laurin

This exhibition offers a rich survey of the Art Gallery's permanent collection (currently comprised of nearly 6000 works). With a focus on the art of Newfoundland and Labrador, the show highlights a broad spectrum of artistic production, historic as well as contemporary.

June 29 - October 5, 2005

Curated by Karen Hewett, Gallery Educator

An exhibition celebrating the breadth of student art from across Newfoundland and Labrador. Book-works feature among other artistic endeavors by Junior and Senior High School students who dismiss the phrase "I can't".

A Sampling of Cultural Riches
June 29, 2005 - May 28, 2007

Curated by Gloria Hickey

Art, artifacts and documents hint at the provinces rich culture represented by The Rooms permanent collections (Museum, Archives and Art Gallery).

September 17, 2005 - March 25, 2006

Curated by Karen Hewett, Education Curator

Sketches and studies from the gallery's permanent collection form the content of Stages, an exhibition curated by gallery educator Karen Hewett. Viewers, especially teachers and students, will appreciate the demystification of the masterpiece through the preliminary works of 19 artists including David Blackwood, Rhoda Dawson, Helen Parsons Shepherd, A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Tony Urquhart, Rae Perlin, Christopher Pratt and Gerald Squires.

Cities of Canada -The Seagram Collection
December 16 - April 24, 2006

Curated by Ihor Holubizky from the McCord Museum, Montreal

Cities of Canada features 40 striking cityscapes commissioned by Samuel Bronfman as part of a groundbreaking art show which toured nationally and internationally in the early 1950s. Suggesting Canada's emerging presence on the post-war global scene, a variety of well known artist including A.Y. Jackson, Charles Comfort, Frederick Taylor, William Goodridge Robers and Walter Phillips offer a picture of Canada as an active, metropolitan and industrial country.

The Limestone Barrens Project
September 17 - January 7, 2006

Curated by Charlotte Jones and Sean McCrum

A collaborative exchange between artists from Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Ireland. Artists respond to rare formations of Limestone Barrens common to each region.

Marlene Creates: Signs of Our Time
October 7, 2005 - January 8, 2006

Curated by Robin Metcalfe and organized by Saint Mary's University Art Gallery

A survey of photographic installations created by the artist over the past decade. Produced and circulated by Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, the show brings together a series of works exploring our interaction with, and use of, the land.

Reginald and Helen Shepherd: A Retrospective
October 7, 2005 - January 8, 2006

Curated by Caroline Stone.

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery examines the Shepherds' artistic production over the last half-century, bringing to light relatively unknown works in private hands as well as presenting favorites from the collections in the care of the Gallery. As Helen became well known for her commissioned portraits and meticulous still-lives, Reginald concentrated on atmospheric serigraphs and watercolours of Newfoundland, and the occasional site-specific painting, such as the Atlantic Place mural and an altarpiece for St. Patrick's Church, which is included in the exhibition.

Beauty Queens
January 20 - May 21, 2006

Curated by Lisa Baldissera, Shauna McCabe and Bruce Johnson

Beauty Queens explores concepts of identity and cultural autonomy within the unique situation of island experience. Drawn from Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and Vancouver Island, as well as the international settings of Ireland, Hawaii, and Trinidad, this exhibition presents the work of thirteen artists whose work emerges from and reflects upon their island settings. A joint project of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.

Featuring Artists:
Gerald Beaulieu, John G. Boehme, Gaye Chan, Christopher Cozier, Susan Dayal, Jim Hansen, Barb Hunt, Daniel Jewesbury,Melinda Morey, Wendy Nanan, Marianne Nicolson, Judith Scherer and Dan Shipside.

Where Wonder, What Weight
February 3 - May 14, 2006

Curated by Bruce Johnson

St. John's artists Will Gill and Beth Oberholtzer join in a collaborative exhibition of sculpture and installation. Exploring intersections between the personal and the cultural, the artists explore subjects including human conflict, spirituality, sexual identity and the environment.

Douglas Coupland: Play Again?
May 19 - September 17, 2006

Curated by Shauna McCabe

Douglas Coupland's Play Again? explores the fine lines between word and image, between clear meaning and pure design. Conceiving a space solely of text, Coupland offers a satirical glimpse of the forces that define our era.

Forty Part Motet: Janet Cardiff
May 26 - September 17, 2006

Organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada

Janet Cardiff's Forty Part Motet offers a unique sound installation that has received international acclaim as it has toured North America and Europe. Forty Part Motet offers a very personal musical experience; replacing each singer with an audio speaker, their voices are individually mastered and rendered with precise clarity.

Christopher Pratt
June 2 - September 4, 2006

Organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada has marked the 70th birthday of Christopher Pratt, one of Canada's most celebrated painters. Christopher Pratt is unique in highlighting the artist's recent production and focusing on his paintings; some sixty canvases produced between 1964 and 2004 are featured, with an emphasis on work from the last twenty years.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of David Marshall.

Michael Massie: Silver & Stone
June 2 - September 4, 2006

Curated by Gloria Hickey, guest curator

Silver and Stone is artist Michael Massie's first curated solo exhibition and features 25 silver and 7 stone carved pieces created since 1996. Combining opposing and complementary themes: traditional and non-traditional, urban and rural, Inuit and European, silver and stone, Massie's contemporary forms are characterized by original designs and symbolism that have contributed to the redefinition of Inuit Art.

Intangible Evidence
July 15 - October 8, 2006

Curated by Shauna McCabe

Intangible Evidence offers a glimpse of innovative artistic projects that explore the documentation of the latent meanings and hidden stories that reside within historical objects and archival representation. Bringing creative practice to bear on objects drawn from within museum and archive collections of The Rooms, the artists involved in the exhibition have also brought their unique experiences, backgrounds, and obsessions that inevitably infuse the creative process.

Collaboratively, the work of Michael Crummey, Sara Graham, Andy Jones, Alison Norlen, and Graeme Patterson represents an interdisciplinary dialogue that crosses genres of drawing, animation, installation, audio, and text, illuminating the inevitable fluidity of the imagination of history and memory, and the lines of fact and fiction. Reflecting the diversity of creative process as well as artistic forms of cultural research, the exhibition suggests directions for new spaces for artistic creation, innovation, and debate.

Selected Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection
September 14, 2006- April 22, 2007

Curated by Caroline Stone

Recent acquisitions to the Gallery's permanent collection, ranging from Gerald Squires to Rockwell Kent.

Giddy Up!
September 15 - October 29, 2006

Organized and circulated by the Walter Phillips Gallery

A project by Canadian artist, writer and curator Andrew Hunter, Giddy Up! tells the tale of Andy, a young boy from Southern Ontario who yearns to visit Banff, ride the trails, sleep under the stars and be a 'real' cowboy. The boy's fantasies are fuelled by popular 1960's Canadian television shows like The Tommy Hunter Show, icons like Roy Rogers and country music legends Hank Snow and Wilf Carter. In Giddy-Up! Hunter animates the tale using historical artworks, retro finds from flea markets across the country and new works by William Eakin commissioned specifically for the exhibition.

Masterworks of the Nineteenth Century French Realism
September 15 - January 7, 2007

Organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada

Being one of only five galleries in Canada to host this prestigious exhibition, The Rooms is proud to bring to Newfoundland and Labrador some of the most important French nineteenth-century paintings in the National Gallery of Canada's collection. The sixteen Realist canvases represent the reforming movement which transformed French art during the 1800s: a revolution in how artists saw themselves and the world around them. Among the twelve artists included are some of the most influential in the history of western art: Paul Cézanne, Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Jean-François Millet, and James Tissot.

Supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program.

Thaddeus Holownia: The Terra Nova Suite
September 29, 2006 - January 7, 2007

Curated by Bruce Johnson

Capturing places urban and rural, settled and wild, modern and rustic, Thaddeus Holownia: The Terra Nova Suite is a major survey of work examining 25 years (1981-2006) of photographs that offers powerful evidence of the changing landscapes of the province and its complex culture and society. Drawing on pieces from The Rooms Provincial Archives, The Terra Nova Suite also integrates an educational component, presenting documentary elements of the extensive history of photography in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Chemical Canvas
September 29, 2006 - January 7, 2007

Curated by Karen Hewett, Education Curator

This exhibition include photographs and cameras drawn from The Rooms'
collections, detailing historic photographic processes from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Simple Bliss: The Paintings and Prints of Mary Pratt
November 10, 2006 - February 4, 2007

Organized and circulated by the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

The Paintings and Prints of Mary Pratt encompasses a ten year period in the artist's life (1993-2003). This exhibition focuses on a number of still life paintings, as well as the collaboration between Pratt and Japanese master print maker, Masato Arikushi, entitled Transformations which includes the actual woodblocks used to create the final series of prints. With its realism, sumptuous colors and technical perfection, Mary Pratt's work brings a sense of rich symbolism to our most intimate domestic experiences.

Light Meal
January 12 - February 4, 2007

Curated by Karen Hewett, Education Curator

Students use a variety of media to explore form, light and reflection.
Presented in associated with the exhibition Simple Bliss: The Painting and Prints of Mary Pratt.

Notes on Location: Sampled Sites in Books by Artists
January 19 - March 6, 2007

Curated by Craig Leonard, guest curator

Presenting books by selected artists' that explore contemporary artistic issues such as the nature of the art object and its relation to environment and landscape since the 1960s, this exhibition reveals the consistent specificity of each artist's work - highlighting the ongoing significance of situation and context, offering a sense of how books by artists have transformed in conceptual approach.

Peter Wilkins: Kinetic Portraits of 12 Canadian Writers
January 19 - April 29, 2007

Curated by Bruce Johnson

Combining explorations of portraiture, technology and interpretation, Peter Wilkins: 12 Kinetic Portraits features representations of twelve celebrated Canadian writers, including Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland and Wayne Johnston. Off-camera, Wilkins has engaged his sitters in a series of personal questions, exploring their hopes, fears and ideals. The resulting likenesses embody the process of "sitting" itself, pushing the traditional idea of portraiture by adding the dimension of time.

The Peter Winkworth Collection of Canadiana: Rocky Shores and Stormy Seas -The Atlantic Region
February 2 - April 22, 2007

Organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada

Consisting of 69 works of art, Rocky Shores and Stormy Seas -The Atlantic Region includes works by artists from the Winkworth Collection, as well as related paintings and printed documents from other Library and Archives Canada collections. One of the largest acquisitions ever made by the federal government, this comprehensive collection is the culmination of Peter Winkworth's passion for early Canadian art and is a testament to his commitment to preserving Canada's heritage through paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints.

In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun: Sami and Inuit Art (2000-2005)
February 16 - April 20, 2007

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Hamilton

In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun marks the first ever in-depth comparative analysis of two distinct cultures: the Canadian Inuit and the Norwegian Sámi. Curated by Jean Blodgett, this exhibition presents a selection of work by Canadian Inuit artists and Sami artists from Norway, Sweden and Finland made between 2000 and 2005. In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun was produced in collaboration with The Art Museum of North Norway in Tromso, Norway.

The Life and Times of a County Painter: Anthony Flower
March 16 - May 13, 2007

Organized and circulated by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Both a farmer and a painter, Anthony Flower lived and worked in New Brunswick for most of his life and celebrated his lifelong passion for art by painting the world around him in Queens County, New Brunswick. Taking his inspiration from the events and scenes described in newspapers of the day, Flower painted until his death at the age of eighty-three. His work now opens a window to a time and place now gone and sometimes forgotten.

Anne Meredith Barry: Natural Energies
May 11 -September 30, 2007

Curated by Patricia Grattan, guest curator

One of Canada's finest printmakers, Anne Meredith Barry (1931-2003) described her work as a personal response to the ever-changing natural environment and the forces of beauty and destruction visible outside her studio window. Natural Energies, the first comprehensive exhibition of Anne Meredith Barry's work, is a major retrospective consisting of 90 works created since 1982.

Known for her visual aesthetic that fused bold colour, strong forms and sweeping lines into powerful expressions of weather, land and sea, Natural Energies consists oflarge-scale canvases, paintings, prints, artist's books, and sculptural objects that reflect major bodies of Barry's work. While sketchbooks and other materials provide a sense of the artist's distinctive creative process and working methods, the exhibition draws together work from a range of Canadian and international private, corporate and public collections, further defining Barry as a celebrated and internationally recognized artist.

Natural Energies is organized by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and made possible with the generous support of the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage, and The Canada Council for the Arts.

Vienna: Brian Jungen
May 11 - September 12, 2007

Curated by Shauna McCabe

Named for the city in which it was constructed, Brian Jungen's Vienna entails a giant sculpture in the form of a pristine whale skeleton suspended from the gallery's cathedral ceiling. Composed of deconstructed plastic lawn chairs and suggesting the conventions of museum display, the work thrives on tensions between contrasting elements: historical and contemporary, traditional and urban, scientific and artistic, precious and mundane, sacred and profane.

Running through all of Jungen's work is a deftly built visual language of everyday objects, one conveying contemporary experience as inherited and evolving. Powerful in its simplicity, the metaphor of the endangered bowhead whale embodies a complex web of associations. Invested with the familiarity of contemporary global cultures and the artist's own ancestral ties with the Dane-zaa Nation of northern British Columbia, Jungen's approach transcends questions of ethnicity to situate identity within the complex exchanges of goods and ideas in our globalized world.

With the support of The Canada Council For the Arts

Two Artists Time Forgot: Margaret Campbell MacPherson
May 25 - September 3, 2007

Co-curated by Dr. Dianne O'Neill and Caroline Stone

Two Artists Time Forgot highlights the achievements of two women who established prolific artistic careers in the late 19th century -one from Newfoundland (Campbell Macpherson), and the other from Nova Scotia (Jones Bannerman). Macpherson, Newfoundland's first Impressionist painter, and Jones, the first woman elected as an Associate Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, both experimented extensively and successfully with Impressionism. This exhibition seeks to re-introduce these artists to a wider audience and provide an opportunity to experience a range of their original paintings, a reflection of the accomplishments of these two exceptional artists.

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in cooperation with The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and made possible with the generous support of the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Defiant Beauty William Hind in the Labrador Peninsula
September 14 - November 10, 2007

Curated by Gilbert Gignac, guest curator

William Hind (1833-1889) traveled from the Maritimes to the Pacific; his art depicting the peoples and landscape of what was to become Canada - from a 19th century point-of-view. This exhibition focuses on the original sketches and paintings created in the summer of 1861 when William Hind accompanied his brother Henry up the Moisie River (in present-day Quebec), on a major cartographic and resource assessment exploration of the interior of the Labrador Peninsula. This geographic region stretched from Hudson's Bay in the west to the Atlantic coast. The expedition's objective was to follow traditional Aboriginal routes across the height of land to the Atlantic Ocean, however, due to the rough terrain the group had to turn back.

This exhibition also features Henry Hind's book about the six-week trek; published in London in 1863 and illustrated with prints based on William Hind's watercolours. William Hind's work presented the world with the first published visual description of the vast Labrador Peninsula territory and its peoples.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery with support from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Prints of Albrecht Dürer
September 24 - November 25, 2007

Organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada

Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528) is recognized as a critical figure in the dissemination of Italian Humanism and classicist innovations throughout Northern Europe at the beginning of the sixteenth century. His woodcuts and engravings were instrumental in establishing his fame. They were widely distributed during his lifetime and remain compelling today as images of astonishing originality of invention, iconographic complexity and technical virtuosity.

Dürer was born and worked most of his life in Nuremberg, a thriving centre of printmaking and book illustration at the time. Here Dürer learned the craft in the studio of Michael Wolgemut, a painter well known for his woodcut illustrations. Intrigued by artistic developments in Italy, Dürer traveled to Venice in 1494-95 and in 1505-07. Both visits had a profound impact on his art and printmaking. He began to explore the secrets of perspective and to wed ideals of beauty, proportion and harmony to a northern European taste for realism and detail.

Drawn from the National Gallery of Canada's fine collection of Dürer prints, the 53 works in this exhibition are representative of the artist's entire career. The selection demonstrates the masterful range of Dürer's printmaking genius and his innovative approach to subject matter and execution. Among the celebrated prints included are The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1496-98), Saint Eustace (1501), Nemesis (The Great Fortune) (1502), Adam and Eve (1504), the sixteen Engraved Passion series (1507-13), The Knight, Death and the Devil (1513), Melancholia (1514), and Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony (1524).

Hot Wax
October 12, 2007 - January 6, 2008

Curated by Andrea Hickey, guest curator

Andrea Hickey assembles a survey of contemporary Canadian artists working in encaustic painting and wax. Participating artists include: Steven Andrews, Eric Blum, Nichole Collins, Cheryl Coon, Aganetha Dyck, Louis Fortier, Raphaelle Goethals, Timothy McDowell, Tony Sherman and Maggie Simonelli.

Melancholia: How many Angels...
October 12, 2007 - January 6, 2008

Curated by Bruce Johnson

St. John's artist Annette Manning creates mobiles and installations exploring the interaction of neurons with anti-depressant drugs. This is the first project in the gallery's "Space-Based" series, highlighting new work by artists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

November 23, 2007 - June 1, 2008

Curated by Bruce Johnson

Selections from the gallery’s permanent collections are offered in a series of thematic installations.  A variety of artists and media, including Gerald Squires, Scott Walden, Kym Greeley, Reed Weir and David Blackwood.

The Candahar
December 12, 2007 - March 9, 2008

Curated by Bruce Johnson

Named after a Belfast street, The Candahar is Winnipeg-artist Theo Sims' detailed re-creation/relocation of a fully functional, traditional Irish bar. Considering ideas surrounding community, autobiography and memory, The Candahar asks one big question, which leads to a lot of other questions: What makes an authentic Irish Pub?

The Candahar comes to St. John's after popular acclaim at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, the 2007 Montreal Biennial and Plug In ICA.

Jim Hansen
December 12, 2007 - March 9, 2008

Curated by Bruce Johnson

St. John's artist Jim Hansen is like a private detective investigating himself. His installation invites you to explore The Hansen Files; a case room offering fragments of evidence fraught with irony, humour, and doubt. This is the second project in the Gallery's "Space-Based" series, highlighting new work by artists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Modernist Photographs
January 15 - March 16, 2008

Organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada

This exhibition of 69 photographs from the early decades of the twentieth century examines the expansive, innovative and often contradictory modernist ethos that shaped the look of photographic art during the period 1900 to 1940, and includes the work of German, Czech, American, Canadian, French, Russian, Hungarian, and Japanese photographers Margaret Bourke-White, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Alexander Rodchenko, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, John Vanderpant and Edward Weston.

The radical technological advances in the early decades of the twentieth century prompted photographers to look at the world with different eyes. The excitement generated by the new perspectives inspired artists and photographers alike to reconsider traditional perspectival representation. Many photographers, particularly those closely associated with avant-garde art movements, dreamed of turning the established conventions of photographic picture-making upside-down.

Equally influential in creating a fundamental revision of the photographer's visual language was the intense experimentation in painting and sculpture that occurred during this period. Along with formal innovation - a principal characteristic of modernist practice - there was also a growing consciousness of the power of the photographic image to witness, and possibly change, social and political awareness.

Place over Time
January 15 - February 17, 2008

Curated by Jason Sellars, Education Curator

Work by students from across the province celebrating 10 years of the ArtSmarts program in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Craig Francis Power: The Forest
January 15 - March 16, 2008

Curated by Bruce Johnson

In The Forest, St. John's artist Craig Francis Power blends large-scale cardboard cutouts and video to create an installation examining our ideals of nature, leisure and cultural tourism. This is the third project in the Gallery's "Space-Based" series, highlighting new work by artists in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Annie Pootoogook
March 7 - June 1, 2008

Curated by Bruce Johnson

Pootoogook's drawings challenge conventional assumptions made of Inuit art. Her drawings of domestic interiors and outpost camps reflect the disparate social, economic and physical realities of today's Canadian North. Many of her images are disturbing; addressing issues such as alcoholism, domestic violence, suicide, depression and drug addiction.

Pootoogook's was the 2007's recipient of the prestigious Sobeys Art Award. This exhibition is organized by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD and curated by Nancy Campbell.

Peter Bell's Alternative Worlds
March 14 - May 4, 2008

Curated by Caroline Stone

Originally from England, Peter Bell came to St. John's from South Africa in 1963, to become Memorial University of Newfoundland's Specialist in Art and head of the university's Art Gallery. Bell became very influential in the visual arts here, in his role at the gallery and later as arts critic for The Evening Telegram. At the same time, he painted in a colourful, hard-edge style and made silkscreen prints. Never reconciling to the Newfoundland climate, Bell's antidote involved the construction of a series of geodesic greenhouse domes in which he lived and made art. Having his studio next to an indoor goldfish pond and surrounded by jungle plants, Bell found spiritual joy in the forms and colours of his tropical haven, and in the landscape of the Caribbean island of Domenica, which he visited during this period. He communicated this through his intricately patterned images. In 1987, Bell returned to the UK to live on the west coast of Scotland.

This exhibition is the first in a collections-based series designed to highlight works by important figures in the development of the visual arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. Organized by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.

Time and Space
March 28 - June 22, 2008

For centuries, scientists have created technology for gathering information that is not visible to the human eye, working to render this information both visible and comprehensible. The artists in Time & Space each take their own approach to exploring this process of rendering visible that which cannot be seen. Featuring new work by Dianne Bos, Joe Kelly and John Noestheden; Time & Space includes artists who address the process for interpreting astronomical data and the representation of this from historical to contemporary modes.

This exhibition is organized by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

Don Wright: Of the Moment
May 16 - July 6, 2008

Curated by Caroline Stone

Don Wright (1931-1988) was an inspiring teacher who travelled the province from 1967 to 1983 as art specialist with Memorial University of Newfoundland's Extension Service. Notably, Wright also co-founded St. Michael's Printshop. As an artist, Wright's drawings, watercolours, prints, sculptures and installations reflected his intense involvement with the natural world and its impact on human experience.

This exhibition is the second in a collections-based series about important figures in the development of the visual arts in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Merchant Vessels
June 12 - October 5, 2008

Guest curated by Gloria Hickey

Merchant Vessels presents a survey of functional ceramics from this region, revealed through the work of six practicing potters. Guest curator Gloria Hickey situates the work of Deb Kuzyk & Ray Mackie, Isabella St. John, Linda Yates & David Hayashida and Alexis Templeton within the larger context of Canadian ceramics.

Angela Antle & Reed Weir:The Flood at Furnace Cove
June 17 - September 28, 2008

Guest curated by Gail Tuttle

A mysterious handwritten tale is discovered within a cookbook preserved in the oven of a floating house. It recounts The Flood at Furnace Cove, a catastrophe that obliterates a Newfoundland outport. This story, created by artists Angela Antle and Reed Weir, unfolds through Weir's clay sculpture and Antle's encaustic paintings. Combining motifs of water, rural life and cataclysm, The Flood at Furnace Cove explores themes of upheaval, transformation and the loss of community.

This exhibition is organized by the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery.

Graeme Patterson: Woodrow
July 3 - September 14, 2008

The isolated town of Woodrow, Saskatchewan is now a ghost-town, inhabited only by the memories and traces of its former inhabitants. Re-created by Graeme Patterson, Woodrow is a sculptural installation combining scale models of iconic buildings and sites with animatronics and video-animation. Patterson's Woodrow resonates with contemporary issues of out-migration in Newfoundland and Labrador, offering bittersweet homage to life in rural Canada.

This exhibition is organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Mendel Art Gallery. Graeme Patterson was Artist-in-Residence at The Rooms in 2006.

Miller Brittain: When the Stars Threw Down their Spears
July 17 - September 21, 2008

Born in Saint John, NB, Miller Brittain (1912-1968) studied at the Art Students' League in New York in the early 1930s. He was deeply influenced by American and Canadian social realist artists, and brought a similar approach to depicting the people of Saint John. Brittain was an official war artist during WWII, and then from 1946 to the mid-1950s, he devoted himself to biblical subject matter. During the last decade of his life, Brittain's images became more personal and fantastical. As exhibition's curator Tom Smart describes, "Ordinary urban narratives, New Testament parables, figurative abstractions, and variations on organic metaphors all contribute to the iconographic lexicon of an artist who constantly pushed himself into new, perhaps dangerous, creative territory."

This exhibition is organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

September 26 - January 25, 2009

Newtopia explores key developments in modern Newfoundland, considering the new province's early decades as a series of Utopian experiments. The exhibition focuses specifically on the post-Confederation period, when nascent industrialization spawned a series of major, idealistic development projects. The show assembles artists whose investigations tackle visionary Modernist design, the Cold-War American presence, Smallwood-era industrialization and the current lure of big oil. Curated by Bruce Johnson, Newtopia features installations by John Haney, Janaki Lennie, Scott Walden and Peter Wilkins.

Raymond Roddick: Trauma Sutra
September 26 - January 25, 2009

In Trauma Sutra, wall-mounted steel sculptures reveal patterns of raised marks; these polished, metal welts are the signs of impact, created by bullets from a .357 handgun, precisely targeted. Accompanying these sculptures is a series of subtle, process paintings that blur boundaries between representation and minimal abstraction. An essay by guest writer, Dr. Peter Trnka, accompanies the show.

Trauma Sutra is the third exhibit in The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery's ongoing Space-Based exhibition series.

Rebecca Belmore: March 5, 1819
October 10 - January 4, 2009

Curated by Shauna McCabe

This new media commission by Rebecca Belmore takes on various narratives of the capture of Demasduit, the young Beothuk woman taken by British settlers at Red Indian Lake in Newfoundland and Labrador and renamed Mary March. This exhibit was made possible with the support of the Media Arts Commissioning Program of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Image credit: Rebecca Belmore, video still, 2008

Michele Karch-Ackerman: The Lost Boys
October 16 - January 9, 2009

In The Lost Boys, Karch-Ackerman explores a generation's transition from childhood to adulthood, during the harrowing events of World War 1, when conscription or a sense of duty led many young people to the battlefields of Europe and to the abrupt end of childhood innocence. Weaving together fictional tales with biographical stories of so many lives lost in the First World War, the artist honours and pays tribute to these "Lost Boys", referencing found photographs, and incorporating hand-knitted sweaters and other domestic materials.

Image: knitted sweater for Herbert E. Badcock, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, 2008

Gary Kennedy: A Realist from Port de Grave
October 16 - December 7, 2008

Gary Kennedy’s sense of realism comes from a desire to depict the landscape and people of eastern Newfoundland through a lens that is direct and celebrative. He was influenced at a young age by the tutorship of American realist painter George Noseworthy, who conducted classes in Hibb’s Hole on the Port de Grave peninsula. This exhibition presents a selection of Kennedy’s larger works – meticulously rendered landscapes and portraits that blending documentation with elements of commemoration and nostalgia.

Deanne Fitzpatrick: Darkening the Door
December 12 - March 22, 2009

Based on Deanne Fitzpatrick's experiences exploring her family connection to Placentia, Newfoundland, this exhibition of hooked rugs explores the importance of visiting – "what it is to knock upon the door unannounced", as she puts it.  Fitzpatrick has exhibited widely and her work is included in various public collections. She has written books about rug hooking and operates a rug hooking studio in Amherst, Nova Scotia.


Danish Modern: Suzanne Swannie Textil
January 15 - April 12, 2009

Suzanne Swannie is a Halifax-based designer and weaver who creates functional textiles, tapestries and large architectural installations for private and public environments. Swannie weaves pictorial tapestries and is known for unique fabric constructions such as the installation Repassage. Both the woven works and the constructions display the Danish Modern principle of repetition of modular units as a means of generating surfaces and structures with emphasis on rich colour harmonies.

The retrospective selection includes tapestry works from the 1970s; pieced and appliquéd wall textiles created in collaboration with the Mi’kmaq women of Eskasoni Reserve (1977-1980); production household textiles (1980s); the creased-silk installation Repassage (1986); subsequent tapestry carpets and their paper studies (1990s, 2000s); and the major figurative tapestry triptych completed in 2007.

The exhibition catalogue contains essays by Sheila Stevenson, Halifax, and Rachel Gotlieb, Toronto. Organised by Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture & Heritage.

Edward Burtynsky: Oil - Canadian Premiere
May 7 – August 15
Level 3

Oil explores one of the most important subjects of our time by one of the most respected and recognized contemporary photographers in the world. Edward Burtynsky has travelled internationally to chronicle the production, distribution, and use of this critical fuel. In addition to revealing the rarely-seen mechanics of its manufacture, Burtynsky photographs the effects of oil on our lives, depicting landscapes altered by its extraction from the earth and by the cities and suburban sprawl generated around its use. He also addresses the coming "end of oil," as we confront its rising cost and dwindling availability.

Image: Edward Burtynsky, Alberta Oil Sands #6, Fort McMurray Alberta, Canada, 2007. Chromogenic color print. Photograph © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto; Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, New York; and Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC.

Edward Burtynsky: Oil is made possible with the generous support of Scotiabank Group. This exhibition is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Oh So Iroquois
February 6 - May 3, 2009

Scattered over sixteen reserve communities, two countries, and countless urban centres, the Iroquois Confederacy - a historical alliance of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora nations traditionally known as the Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse - continues to distinguish itself resolutely as six nations ideologically united under one roof.

The exhibition Oh So Iroquois emphasizes the dynamism of both traditional and contemporary Iroquoian creative processes. The featured work is deeply rooted in a cultural system of values and æsthetic qualities that permeate the social, political, spiritual, and economic infrastructure of Haudenosuanee society.

A collaborative project of the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective with the support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Museums Assistance Program).

On Ice: Tara Bryan
April 1 - August 15
Level 4

As a participant in The Rooms' Space-Based Program, Tara Bryan explores the form and allure of icebergs in this new series of large mixed-media canvases.

 Image credit:
Repose (chilled to the bone, Tara Bryan, Oil on Linen, 2010)

Public Works: Recent Acquisitions
January 16 - August 16, 2009

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection was established in 2003; this exhibition highlights selected additions to the collection since The Rooms opened its doors to the public in 2005. Most of these recent acquisitions have been generous gifts from artists and collectors to the people of this province. There have also been purchases, made possible through matching funds from The Canada Council for the Arts. All are valued acquisitions, as The Rooms moves forward in building its new collection.

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection is one of three collections under the care of the Gallery. The others are the Provincial Art Bank Collection and the Memorial University of Newfoundland Collection.

Luben Boykov
April 24 - August 16, 2009

Newfoundland artist Luben Boykov's new work explores transience, presence and contemplation through the human form. This exhibition combines drawings and sculpture created from bronze, natural materials, fabric, and epoxy.

Luben Boykov: "My artworks are relatives of the organic forms that surround me in my everyday life in rural Newfoundland. Through my work I attempt to grasp the inherent rift and accord between humans and the world around us in our indefatigable search for a place between the atoms and the stars."

May 15 - September 13

Combining the new with the old, REPUBLIC explores signs of Newfoundland identity, 60 years after Confederation with Canada. Painting, photography, sculpture, installation and film combine with historic artifacts from historic collections, including The Rooms Provincial Archives and the A.C. Hunter Library's Newfoundland & Labrador Collection.

Curated by Bruce Johnson, the show includes new work by Angela Antle, John Haney, Ned Pratt, Bill Rose, Patrick Tomlinson, as well as works from The Rooms' collections.

small spaces BIG ART from The Rooms collections
December 23, 2009 - August 15
Level 4

16 of our larger artworks, most over five feet in size, in our four smallest galleries = concentrated art power! Includes works by Anne Meredith Barry, David Blackwood, Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt, Don Wright and other significant artists. And don’t miss our “recent acquisition” corner …

 Image credit: Peter Bell Night on Morne Trois Pitons 1970 Oil on board The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland Collection


Creating the Collection
August 28 - November 22

This exhibition highlights a selection of recent additions to The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Division's Collection, most of which have been generous gifts from artists and collectors to the people of this province. There have also been some purchases, made possible through matching funds from The Canada Council for the Arts. All are valued acquisitions, as The Rooms moves forward in building its collections.


Maurice Cullen and His Circle
August 28 - November 22

Comprising nearly forty oil paintings selected from the National Gallery of Canada's permanent collection of Canadian Art, this exhibition examines works by Maurice Cullen, alongside those of his contemporaries, James Wilson Maurice and William Brymner. The show also features works by artists whom Cullen was know to have influenced, including his stepson, Robert Pilot, and future member of the Group of Seven, A.Y. Jackson.

This exhibition includes several canvases that Cullen and members of his circle painted, both abroad and at home. Contrasted with the rural Canadian winter landscapes for which he is so well-known, these works reveal the complex relationships that figure in the urban and rural boundaries around such cities as Montreal and Quebec at the time. Some of the works selected for this show have not been exhibited publicly for almost two decades. This exhibition is curated by Crystal Susan Parsons, winner of the National Gallery's 2006 Guest Curator Program.

Image: Maurice Cullen, Summer Night, 1907, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Royal Canadian Academy of Arts diploma work, deposited by the artist, Montreal, 1907. Photo © NGC.

Cities: John Hartman
September 25 - December 6
Level 3

John Hartman has painted cities both large and small; his imagined aerial perspectives look down on the contours of the urban space where towers, cranes, and docks meet the open blue of an ocean, lake or river. As one of Canada's leading contemporary painters, Hartman is known for his large-scale expressionistic landscape paintings animated with the imagery of local historic events and personal narratives. Born in Midland, Ontario, John Hartman studied Fine Art at McMaster University and has exhibited in Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, and Germany. This exhibition is curated by Stuart Reid.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario; the presenting sponsor is Scotiabank Group.

Image: John Hartman, The Southside Hills, St. John's, 2004, Oil on Linen, 48 X 54 Inches, Nicolas Metivier Gallery, Toronto  

Ice Flows and Sound Retreats: Jan Kabatoff
December 18 – March 21, 2010
Level 3

Water and ice have been recurring themes in the work of Canadian artist Jan Kabatoff. Most recently, the world’s glaciers have been her source of fascination, reflecting deep concerns with change, transformation and the interconnectedness of the natural world.

Since 2005, Kabatoff journeyed to seven different glaciers from Alberta to Mongolia to the southernmost reaches of South America, charting their ephemeral nature as global warming accelerates their melting. Ice Flows and Sound Retreats is a multi-media installation combining painting, mould impressions, hand-dyed textiles, photography and sound recordings of glacial ‘voices’; an experience linking science and human wonder with a shared, growing concern.  This exhibition is curated by Bruce Johnson.

Image: Perito Moreno Glacier (2009),
digital photomerge, Jan Kabatoff

Dark Horse: Greg Bennett
December 18 – March 21, 2010
Level 3

In this new body of work, St. John’s artist Greg Bennett explores the imagery and symbolic value of horses. Bennett’s paintings -full of doubled and mirrored images, overlapping planes and repeating motifs- offer surfaces where the material and the dreamlike meet.

Greg Bennett is the latest artist-in-residence participating in The Rooms’ Space-Based program. This initiative supports emerging and mid-career artists in the creation of new work within our on-site studio. This exhibition is curated by Bruce Johnson.

Image: Moly Eyed Dream
, oil on canvas, Greg Bennett

Artist Talk on Dark Horse: Greg Bennett Wednesday, February 17, 7 - 8 pm
Join artist Greg Bennett as he discusses his new exhibition Dark Horse: Greg Bennett currently on view at The Rooms. Greg Bennett is the latest artist-in-residence participating in The Rooms Space-Based program.


Unrequited Death: Helen Gregory
December 4 - May 16, 2010

The work of Helen Gregory ponders the boundaries of transience and permanence, nature and culture. The artist’s ongoing investigation of the act of collecting by focusing on organic forms such as skulls, bones, desiccated birds and dead flowers has resulted in a body of work that is simultaneously dramatic, haunting, macabre, beautiful and ostentatious. This exhibition is curated by Lisa Moore.

 Credit: Helen Gregory, Lament II,
Acrylic on canvas, 2006.


Madonna (1895-1902)
August 27 - November 28
Level 3

Edvard Munch's Madonna is at once alluring and unsettling. It embodies, since its creation, one of his most mysterious and troubling motifs; a powerful mix of sensuality, foreboding and anxiety. Best known for The Scream (1893), Munch was a printmaker/painter whose uneasy images explore themes linking sex and desire with darker tones of death and despair.

The One work Gallery presents a series of single masterworks from Western art history, on loan from public and private collectors around the world.

Madonna (1895-1902)
Image credit: Madonna (1895-1902), Edvard Munch

Ed Pien. Haven of Delight
August 27 - November 28
Level 3
Curated by Eve-Lyne Beaudry and organized by the Musée d’art de Joliette in Quebec, Haven of Delight features installations, drawings and paper cutouts by one of Canada’s foremost contemporary artists. Ed Pien creates an immersive, phantasmagorical world of myths and wooded landscapes, peopled with strange characters including birds, bats and half-human–half-animal figures.

Image credit: Ed Pien, In the Safety of Trees, 2007 / Photo: Belal Ashraf


September 2 - November 8, 2010
Level 3

In celebration of film festival season, this juried exhibition of one-minute video shorts seeks to tell a story; create a portrait; animate a new world. The works from artists of all ages and experiences are drawn from categories such as digital-based contemporary artwork, visual collage, fiction, experimental, documentary, animation, and music and explore various genres such as drama, comedy, mockumentary, satire, sci-fi, thriller, and horror. The jury will select a grand prize winner and you can cast your vote in the gallery for the Viewer's Choice Award.


Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadside Project
September 15 – November 27
Atrium Vitrines

For hundreds of years, letterpress printers have created broadsides to let the world know about the events of our time, commemorating these moments with handcrafted words and images pressed into paper. Put up quickly in the places where people walk and gather – their visually bold and easily accessible messages do one thing simply – spread the word. The al- Mutanabbi Street Broadsides are a collection of 130 letterpress poster artworks commemorating the March 5, 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s al-Mutanabbi Street. Named after a famed 10th century classical Arab poet, al-Mutanabbi, the street is a legendary location in Baghdad, a place where books have been sold for centuries and the historic center of Baghdad’s intellectual and literary community.

In partnership with The Book Arts Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, this exhibition that will travel from the United States to Canada and Europe before culminating at an exhibition in Baghdad, Iraq. 

Elena Popova: Still Vortices
October 8 - January 16, 2011

Level 4
Elena Popova’s drawings are assured, emotionally rich and spatially complex. Still Vortices presents Popova’s latest series of abstractions, each a balance of intuitive spontaneity and formal control. Considering the nature of life as an ever-changing process, Popova’s art marks temporary registrations of the physical and spiritual world in a state of flux.

Elena Popova
Image Credit: Elena Popova Let Me Know the Way mixed media on paper 40cm x 60cm 2010 from Elena Popova: Still Vortices.  


Barb Hunt
December 10 – February 20, 2011
Level 3

Well known for her textile-based installations, Barb Hunt continues to explore themes of mourning, human conflict and memory. Using camouflage fabric as a central theme and material, Hunt’s art considers the human costs of armed conflict balanced by a deep empathy for individuals, including soldiers, in areas of hostility. Beyond depicting the absurdity of war, Hunt’s nuanced installations contemplate the fragility and beauty of the human body.

Barb Hunt
Image Credit: Incarnate (detail), Barb Hunt, 2004, Worn Army Fatigues, Embroidery Thread.

Campbell Tinning: The Newfoundland Series
January 29 – March 27, 2011
Level 4

George Campbell Tinning, a Canadian war artist from Saskatoon, travelled to Newfoundland in the summer of 1949. The resulting watercolours reflect his fascination with the island's landscapes and rural communities, and reveal a prairie artist's eager exploration of Canada's newest province. This exhibition is organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.

Campbell Tinning
Image credit: Campbell Tinning (1910 - 1996), Nets on Wharf, 1949,
watercolour on paper, private collection J #4.

Lori Doody: Sing, Sing, Sing
January 29 – March 27, 2011
Level 4

In this exhibition, Lori Doody creates an intimate encounter with nature in an urban setting. Sing, Sing, Sing is comprised of numerous small-scale intaglio prints of starlings perched upon wires, hung from black wires with bamboo clips. Repeated imagery of bird shapes and neutral tones evoke an empty sky. These bird shapes contrast with the straight lines of the wires, both in the images and in the gallery. Lori Doody was born, and currently resides, in St. John's.

Lori Doody, Sing, Sing, Sing
Image credit: Lori Doody, Sing, Sing, Sing (detail of installation, etching & drypoint).

Crafting Paradox
March 5 – May 15, 2011
Level 3

This exhibition presents the work of Cal Lane, John Goodyear and Jason Holley. These artists work in different media and each has their own personal approach. Lane cuts and folds metal; Holley constructs ceramic pieces; and Goodyear sculpts wood. Commonly, there is a paradox that results from the tension between material and technique, form and content. Lane creates percussive lace works from recycled metal; Holley makes chain mail with ceramic links; and Goodyear transforms pieces of wood into intricate sculptures.

Cal Lane
Image Credit: Cal Lane, Doily #1, 2002, flame cut steel, Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Purchased with funds provided by the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, 2003. Photography by Steve Farmer.

Goya: The Disasters of War and Los Caprichos
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
March 5 – May 15, 2011
Level 3

Goya's remarkable series of prints, The Disasters of War, details the brutality and horror of the 19th century Peninsula War in Spain. Published in 1863, 35 years after his death, these 80 prints embody the anti-war, humanist commentary of one of the world's most celebrated artists. This exhibition also includes a rare bound edition of Goya's satirical prints Los Caprichos.

Francisco Goya y Lucientes
Image Credit: Francisco Goya y Lucientes, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, from Los Caprichos, 1797-1798, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC.

Robert Sinclair: Fluidity
March 5 – May 15, 2011
Level 3

Senior Canadian painter, Robert Sinclair was a 2009 participant in The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Parks Canada: Artist in Residence Program. Removed from his usual environment of the Rockies, Sinclair found that Gros Morne demanded a new approach. In Fluidity, Sinclair illustrates how he explored this challenge. It is the first in a new series of exhibitions of work from the Artist in Residence Program. This exhibition will travel to the Discovery Centre in Gros Morne National Park in the summer of 2011.

Tablelands from Norris Point, NL
Image Credit: Robert Sinclair, Table Slope (Tablelands from Norris Point, NL), 2009.

Jason Penney: Delivery
May 28 – August 28
Level 3

Encompassing video, performance, and sculptural installation, Jason Penney’s Delivery is a nutritious, delicious and appropriately kosher offering-- not only to an Old Testament God, but to the gallery going public. Equal parts space exploration, Camp, spiritual longing, and mummified chicken burger, Penney’s work embraces and undermines the transcendental as it pertains both to art and to the divine. High culture meets low; Penney is an artist mixing the sacred with the profane.

Arrows Jason Penney

Image credits: Jason Penney (Canadian, b.: 1978), Arrow (1, 2 and 3) (2011), Mummified Junior Chicken Burger, Frankincense, Wax, Paper, Satin, Ribbon, Fibreglass, Paint. 29"x 4"x 1"

Richard Hamilton Reflects: Prints 1963-1974
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
May 28 – August 28
Level 3

This exhibition of 18 objects – serigraphs, lithographs, photo-based prints, collages and a few related artifacts – chronicles the most remarkable phase of Richard Hamilton’s extensive printmaking career. Born in London, England, in 1922, Hamilton is often heralded as the Father of Pop Art thanks to a sensational 1956 collage comprising fragments of advertisements from glossy American magazines. The collage aesthetic has remained in force in his subsequent work as a painter and printmaker, as has the mixing of “high” art with the “low” culture of advertising and mass media.


Limited Time Offer
May 28 – August 28
Level 3

Beginning with Andy Warhol’s portrait of Wayne Gretzky, this exhibition gathers selections from The Rooms’ Permanent Collections that, in differing ways, reflect the ongoing influence of Pop Art. Limited Time Offer presents a wide spectrum of art, including work by Bill Rose, Judith Kelley, Jim Hansen, Kym Greeley and Leon Golub.

Jean Paul Riopelle: Composition
May 28 – August 28
Level 3

After an extended display at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Composition returns to St. John’s. A major work by internationally acclaimed Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), this painting represents an important transition in the artist's career. This exhibition explains Riopelle’s technique and his cultural context within post-war Quebec as well as his views on abstraction.

Tiger: Jim Hansen

In 1959, Jim Hansen and his friend Lyle Linville were students at Kent State University. That summer, Hansen took a job bussing inner-city children to a day camp near Warren, Ohio. Responding to photographs Hansen made of these black and white children playing together, they created Tiger, a self-published book printed in Detroit.

Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer
April 30 – September 11
Level 4

One of Canada’s most prominent photographers, Richard Harrington (1911–2005) made several trips to the Arctic from 1947 to the late fifties. He captured a vanishing way of life when the introduction of Western culture forced Inuit from a nomadic lifestyle into fixed settlements. Combined with works by renowned Inuit sculptor Charlie Sivuarapik, Harrington’s black and white photographs present a fascinating historical record of cultural changes in the North.

Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer is circulated and Organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery.


Image: Richard Harrington. Padlei, NWT, 1950. Silver gelatin print. Framed 91.4 x 71.1 cm. © Estate of Richard Harrington/Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

Inner Works: North
April 30 - September 11
Level 4

A complement to Selections from the People's Collection, Inner Works: North showcases works from aboriginal artists from Labrador and including artists who have worked in Cape Dorset and Pangnirtung, Nunavut. The artworks represent distinct perspectives of traditional and contemporary culture, telling of spiritual belief, reflection on personal experiences and domestic life in our northern regions. They stand as creative expressions of cultural identity, artistic inspiration and our connection to place.

Inner Works North carving

Image: Michael Massie, Grandfather, I Have Something to Tell You, 2004, Anhydrite, Bone, Birds Eye Maple, Mahogany & Ebony, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection

Logotopia: The Library in Art, Architecture and the Imagination
September 24 – December 4
Level 4

Logotopia - from the Ancient Greek logos, meaning ‘word’ and topos, meaning ‘place’- is a multi-disciplinary exhibition and publication featuring original artworks; commissioned essays and stories; contemporary library architecture; library lore and ephemera and pop culture icons. Artists, writers and architects explore the library as a concept and a built form through four distinct categories - the Universal Library, the National Library, the Public Library and the Private Library - and take a peek into the future of new technology and the librarian as cyber avatar.

Organized and circulated by Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside, Cambridge, supported by the City of Cambridge, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Curated by Sascha Hastings

  • Featured Artists Adam David Brown, Douglas Coupland, Denis Farley, Guy Laramée and Michael Lewis contribute another dimension to the Logotopia experience. Their works encompass a wide range of media and were chosen for their visual commentary on the notion of the library and their reinforcement of the link between art, architecture and literature.

  • Featured Writers Lise Bissonnette, Ray Bradbury, Alberto Manguel, Robert Jan van Pelt and Nora Young inform and expand the multi disciplinary tribute to the library by recounting their personal and professional library experiences in essays created expressly for Logotopia.

  • Also featured are excerpts from the blog of Dr. Saad Eskander, the Director of the Iraq National Library and Archive in Baghdad, details of the Fortsas Library Hoax, an introduction to Rex Libris-superhero librarian and unique historical images and artifacts depicting the library.  


Image: Shigeru Ban Architects, Image of Library of a Poet, Kanagawa, Japan completed 1991 South façade at night, Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects, Japan

September 24 - December 4
Level 4

A complement to Logotopia, EX LIBRIS presents a unique opportunity to consider the ideas of two revolutionary thinkers from the Renaissance: Erasmus and Machiavelli. Featuring rare editions from the collection of The Basilica Museum Library in St. John’s, this intimate exhibition examines early Humanist thought from two of its most famous minds.

 Humility is truth.

- Desiderius Erasmus

 Before all else, be armed.

 - Niccolo Machiavelli

Adrian Norvid: Showstoppers, Whoppers, Downers and Out Of Towners
September 10 – December 31
Level 3

Adrian Norvid emigrated from the UK as a child and grew up in Southern Ontario. This might explain the curious mix of hillbillies and louts who inhabit the fantastic realms he creates. Known for his tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and painstaking attention to detail, Adrian Norvid’s large scale drawings are saturated with imagery and patterns that break cultural and historical boundaries. His works bring together everything from 1960s psychedelic graphic design to Rococo ornamentation to food packaging.

Adrian Norvid

Image: Adrian Norvid. Trailer home (2004). flashe vinyl paint. 300 x 300 cm. Collection of the artist.

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Windsor, Curator James Patten

Problem Child
September 10 – December 31
Level 3

Exploring the concept of the enfant terrible, this exhibition features four emerging Newfoundland artists who work with non-traditional materials and concepts while basing their art in what are often considered fringe cultures. Jordan Bennett, Sandi Hartling, Mikiki, and Jesse Walker toy with the threshold of decorum, yet by doing so, each provides elegant and integral conversations about art and society.

Problem Child

Image: Jordan Bennett. Turning Tables (2010). Sound Installation, Walnut, Oak, Spruce, Electronics. 91 x 20 x 40 cm. Collection of the artist.

Michael Young: Coruscant Altars
September 10 – December 31
Level 3

Working in both painting and drawing, Michael Young seamlessly integrates popular and high cultures while observing his love of the eighties, velvety fantasy novels and grand adventure. The exhibition marks a new body of work created during Young’s Elbow Room residency at The Rooms.

Michael Young

Image: Michael Young. All of it visible at every point (2011). 60 x 60 cm. oil on panel. Collection of the artist.

Short-Sighted II: One-minute video shorts
September 10 – December 31
Level 3

In celebration of film festival season, this juried exhibition of one-minute video shorts seeks to tell a story; create a portrait; animate a new world. The works from artists of all ages and experiences are drawn from digital-based contemporary artwork, visual collage, fiction, experimental, documentary, animation, and music and explore various genres such as drama, comedy, mockumentary, satire, sci-fi, thriller and horror. The jury will select a grand prize winner and you can cast your vote in the gallery for the Viewer’s Choice Award.

The Elusive Tom Thomson
March 31 - May 13
Level 4

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery presents four works by Tom Thomson (1877-1917), on loan from the Tom Thomson Art Gallery (Owen Sound, Ontario). Thomson’s paintings influenced the Group of Seven and the exploration of Canadian identity through the ruggedness of the landscape in a distinctive painting style. His untimely death in 1917 generated many stories, sometimes factual other times not, that culminated in a legendary mystery. Although we do have access to his works, some letters and factual information, to this day, Tom Thomson remains mostly elusive to historians.

Works presented:
Soft Maple in Autumn, 1914
Near Lake Scugog, 1911
Northland Sunset, 1912-1913
Woods in Winter, 1917

Woods in Winter, 1917

Image: Woods in Winter, 1917, oil on board, 13 x 18 cm. Gift of Louise (Thomson) Henry, sister of Tom Thomson, 1967. Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON

Provincial Arts and Letters Awards
May 1 - 13
Level 4

Since 1952, Newfoundland and Labrador has celebrated excellence in the arts though the Arts and Letters Awards. This annual competition affords a special opportunity for writers, composers and visual artists – young and old, amateur and professional – to showcase their talents through a variety of media. The Rooms is pleased to present work by the winners alongside those designated honourable mentions or works of merit by the adjudicators.

New Romantics
January 14 - May 27, 2012
Level 3

Two centuries ago, romantic art reacted to the sweeping changes brought on by science, new technologies and industrialization, questioning our ability to harness and control our environment. Showcasing recent work by Canadian artists Philippa Jones, Anthony Redpath and Kelly Richardson, New Romantics presents photography, immersive video and interactive digital installations that again explore our ever-changing relationship between our natural and man-made worlds.

New Romantics, Ukee Trailer Park Party

Image: Trailer Park Party (2009), Anthony Redpath, 64.5 x 96 inches, Lightjet chromogenic print

Black Ice - David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland
Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario 
June 9 – September 9
Level 3

David Blackwood is one of Canada’s leading printmakers and most popular artists. This exhibition, Black Ice - David Blackwood: Prints of Newfoundland, showcases some iconic Blackwood etchings, revealing the richness of his imagination and his working methods. It also includes related historical artifacts and archival material from the artist’s own collection.

Blackwood has been telling stories about Newfoundland in the form of epic visual narratives for 30 years. To further enliven these narratives, the exhibition and the book that accompanies it situate Blackwood’s etchings by looking at the history of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the people who settled there. Blackwood explores the timeless theme of the struggle for survival in one of Canada’s most exposed environments. He depicts a centuries-old way of life that is fast disappearing. His dramas reflect class, gender and intergenerational issues that can be understood in the context of the formation of the landscape, its natural resources, immigration and settlement, religious and political debate, economic and social conditions and the threat to the survival of traditional lifestyles.

David Blackwood has created an iconography of Newfoundland which is as universal as it is personal, as mythic as it is rooted in reality, and as timeless as it is linked to specific events. Black Ice draws on childhood memories, dreams, superstitions, legends, the oral tradition, and the political realities of Wesleyville, (Bonavista Bay, NL) where Blackwood was born and raised.

Black Ice - David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland is organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.

David Blackwood and Seamus O’Regan generously gave their time back in June and sat down to discuss Mr. Blackwood's work and significant career – The conversation can be found under Bell Aliant’s Community One Videos, under the Lifestyle category.

In Conversation - Seamus O’Regan & David Blackwood: 

Image: Hauling Job Sturges House, 1979, etching and aquatint on wove paper, 43.9 x 88 cm Gift of David and Anita Blackwood, Port Hope, Ontario, 1999, Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario 99/948

Michael Pittman: Haunted Half
May 26 – August 26
Level 4

Michael Pittman plots the airy geography between worlds of sleep and wakefulness, experience and intuition, the rational and the mad. Linking terrains of varying substance, Pittman’s paintings and sculpture are shifting maps, marking territory as illusive as a childhood memory or an irrational fear. They ply the recognizable with the uncanny.

Michael Pittman was born in western Newfoundland and currently lives in Grand Falls.

Haunted Half is the culmination of five years studio work.


Michael Pittman, Floodplain (Dogs Fighting) 2012. Mixed media on panel 125cm x 81cm

John McDonald: You Don’t Know Cold
May 26 – August 26
Level 4

John McDonald: You Don’t Know Cold presents a new body of paintings that portrays the story of artist John McDonald’s relatives, James and Stephen Donovan. The brothers were a small, but poignant part of The Great Sealing Disaster of 1914.

McDonald is part of The Room’s Elbow Room Residency Series, which provides professional studio space and support for emerging artists from St. John’s to expand their practice, and create a new body of work. The residency culminates in a solo exhibition and publication.

John McDonald

Image: John McDonald, “It’s not right to take from the dead.” 2012 Oil on canvas, 244 cm x 244 cm

Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing by Susan Wood
September 8 – November 18
Guest Curator, Susan Gibson Garvey
Level 4

Atlantic Canadian audiences are probably most familiar with Wood’s recent, elegiac drawings of decaying flowers and dead birds. Her work of the past decade embodies the idea of finitude, reflecting on mortality. It is meticulously rendered in a variety of graphic techniques, often on sumptuously textured handmade papers. These drawings, examples of which are included in the exhibition, were inspired by women’s corporeal experience.

Organized and circulated by MSVU Art Gallery with financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts and Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing by Susan Wood

Image: Dress No. 1, 1989, dry pigment, watercolour, pastel, carbon, washi collage on paper 199.4 x 129.5 cm (irregular), Collection of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery

Where Rivers Meet Sea
Lyndal Osborne
September 22 – December 2
Level 3

Where Rivers Meet Sea features selected works by the internationally acclaimed Alberta artist, Lyndal Osborne. Two major installations, Shoalwan: River through Fire, River of Ice (2003) and Tracing Tides: A Topographical Investigation (2002), inhabit the galleries and then mystically transform them for us, into meanders of discovery and delight, as well as intersections for reflection. The Rooms is the first and only Eastern Canadian venue for the monumental and complex Shoalwan. Tracing Tides has a specific and very intimate Newfoundland connection. Tracing Tides is comprised, largely, of materials collected by Osborne during her artist’s residency (in 2000) at Gros Morne National Park on the coast at Glenbournie.

Included in the exhibition are seven selected prints by Osborne, who is both an installation artist and master printmaker. The prints, dating from 1982-1995, were chosen for their thematic and metaphoric connections with water and its refractive properties. In addition, the prints signal historically Osborne’s shifts in her work from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional. Guest curated by Dr. Melinda Pinfold.

Where Rivers Meet Sea

Image: Lyndal Osborne, Shoalwan: River Through Fire, River of Ice (Installation detail) 2003

Any Sharp Knife Will Do
Curated by Jeff Nye, Installation by Seema Goel and Lee Henderson
September 22 – December 2
Level 3

Through an arrangement of sculpture, photography and text, this collaborative installation by Seema Goel and Lee Henderson explores the complex relationships between humanity, mortality, animals, and the photograph. Using narrative, layered imagery, and objects including taxidermy, the exhibition questions how we connect to the animals around us and the varying roles we thrust upon them.

Organized by Dunlop Art Gallery in collaboration with The Rooms Provincial Art.

Any Sharp Knife Will Do

Image: Seema Goel & Lee Henderson, Any Sharp Knife Will Do (Installation detail), 2011.

25 for 25
December 1, 2012 – January 11, 2013
Level 4

25 for 25 was first presented to celebrate 25 years of the provincial government collecting artwork from artists working in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The 25 artists chosen represent emerging and established artists, as well as a sample of the diversity of media in the collection. Young artists such as Jonathan Green, Mike Gough, Kym Greeley and Michael Pittman represent a new direction for the visual arts in the province and are paired alongside established artists such as Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt, Gerald Squires and David Blackwood.

25 for 25

Image: Grant Boland, St. Mary’s,1996, Gouache on paper

Betty Goodwin: Darkness and Memory
December 15, 2012 – February 24 2013
Level 3

A leading figure in Canadian contemporary art for more than forty years, Betty Goodwin (1923-2008) developed an exemplary multidisciplinary body of work marked by an acute sensitivity to the human condition, exploring notions of presence and absence, of passages, and of life and death cycles. Selected from the permanent collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, this exhibition presents over thirty works ranging from prints, drawings and sculptures to monumental tarp pieces.

Betty Goodwin: Darkness and Memory is organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Curated by Josée Bélisle, and is presented with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Museums Assistance Program.

Beyond Chaos

Image: Beyond Chaos No. 7, 1998, Oil stick, charcoal, Chronaflex print on Mylar, Collection Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, courtesy René Blouin Gallery.

Boxed In!
January 26 – April 14, 2013
Level 4

The culmination of a two-year project, Boxed in! is a national exhibition project of small sculptural works organized by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador in collaboration with The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. The exhibition will open in two venues in St. John’s: The Gallery of the Craft Council and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.

Image: Merv Krivoshein, The Prisoner, 2011 Wood and Plexiglass. Rocky Mountain House, AB.

Back In The Day: David Blackwood's Newfoundland and Labrador
June 9, 2012 – May 2013
Level 2 – Atrium
The Rooms presents this unique exhibition co-curated by David Blackwood.

This exhibition is a chance to travel to a place made special through Blackwood’s imagination and artistry: the Newfoundland and Labrador of his childhood memories. In June 2011 this nationally-known artist spent a week at The Rooms, identifying museum objects, archival records and examples of his artworks in our collections of particular relevance to his iconic images of Newfoundland. Capitalizing on this opportunity to highlight the collections, curators and archivists at The Rooms have worked with Blackwood to organize a Rooms-wide display contextualizing his art.

David Blackwood and Seamus O’Regan generously gave their time back in June of 2012 and sat down to discuss Mr. Blackwood's work and significant career – The conversation can be found under Bell Aliant’s Community One Videos, under the Lifestyle category.

In Conversation - Seamus O’Regan & David Blackwood

Image: David Blackwood, Crossing Shadows, 1993, egg tempera on panel board, 66 x 122 cm, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Collection

March 16 – April 28
Level 3

Fieldwork presents three Canadian photographers whose works document place and in differing ways, consider their photography’s relationship to memory and history. As is common with documentary photographers, all are explorers whose works result from explorations on the road. For Scott Walden, it is a stretch of highway linking two rural communities on the Avalon Peninsula. Steve Payne’s boundaries are set within his home province of Newfoundland, and for John Haney, the winding rural expanse of Atlantic Canada marks his territory. Each is interested in the visual vernaculars of place: the architecture, natural landscapes and social spheres of their subjects.


Image: John Haney, Georgetown United Church, Georgetown, NL, 2006, toned silver gelatin contact print

Elbow Rooms Residency Series: Philippa Jones
March 16 – April 28
Level 3

During a series of expeditions led by artist Philippa Jones, members of the public adopted roles ranging from geologist to shaman, gathering ‘evidence’ to support their imagined truths. The resulting objects, images and conjectures will be interpreted by Jones, culminating in an installation that plays with imagination and truth, the scientific and the subjective.

Mary Pratt
May 11 – September 8, 2013
Level 3

Renowned Newfoundland and Labrador artist Mary Pratt is celebrated in this 50-year retrospective exhibition that will run at The Rooms from May to September 2013, then tour Canada until January 2015. In the 1960s, Mary Pratt became fascinated by light on the surfaces of everyday objects in her home. She began to create powerful oil paintings, using a camera to capture her initial images; the first in this genre, Supper Table (1969) is displayed in this exhibition. Other iconic works included are Eviscerated Chickens (1971), Service Station (1978) and Jelly Shelf (1999). Nuances of tone, brushstroke, angle and choice of subject leave viewers of Mary Pratt’s images with a sense of wonder and sometimes, unease. Highly contemporary yet rooted in the traditions of art history, Mary Pratt’s work reveals the breadth of emotion, skill and maturity this artist brings to her practice. A project in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.


Mary Pratt, Salmon on Saran, 1974, oil on board, 45.7 x 76.2 cm. Collection of Angus and Jean Bruneau.

Cultural Ties
April 10, 2013
Atrium Vitrines

Cultural Ties was developed by London art dealer Kapil Jariwala, as a fundraiser in support of UNICEF. In 2008, 77 notable artists from around the world were invited to design neckties, from which a limited edition of 300 was produced for sale worldwide. Twenty ties from that collection are presented here, by artists including Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Jorge Orta and Kenji Yanobe.

The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection. Gift of Anne and Kevin Major.

Lynne Cohen: False Clues [Faux indices]
September 21 – December 8, 2013
Level 3

Organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal With the support of the Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program Curated by François LeTourneux, MACM Associate Curator.

Renowned Canadian photographer Lynne Cohen documents interior spaces that nudge the surreal, investigating locales such as dance halls, hotel lobbies, men’s clubs or skating rinks. In False Clues [Faux Indices], forty large scale photographs survey Cohen’s fascination with the humour, artifice and illusion that exist within these found locations.

Opening Reception Friday, September 20 at 7:30pm Exhibition walkthrough and discussion with François letourneux after remarks at 8:00pm



Natural Selections
An Evolving Idea of Canadian Landscape
June 8, 2013 – March 30, 2014
Level 4

Landscape remains close to the heart of Canadian art as well as being integral to our national identity. This exhibition presents significant works from the permanent collection, spanning the history of landscape painting in Canada, reconsidered aside contemporary art exploring our changing relationship with the natural world. Artists include A.Y. Jackson, Maurice Cullen, Franklin Carmichael, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Dan Hudson and John Hartman. A majority of these works come from the generous gifts of Edwin R. Procunier to the collection over the years.


Image: Maurice Cullen, Misty Afternoon, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1910, oil on canvas, 122.8 x 153.4 cm. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection, gift of the National Gallery of Canada in honour of Newfoundland’s entry into Confederation, 1949, 2003-04.

Jenny Holzer: Truisms
December 20 , 2013 to April 20, 2014

For over thirty years, renowned American artist Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions. Her medium is writing, whether formulated as a T-shirt, plaque, or LED sign, and the public dimension is integral to her work. Her text series Truisms first appeared in the late 1970s on posters anonymously pasted throughout the streets of New York City. Consisting of “truths” that are sometimes cliché, sometimes contradictory, Truisms activates critique of cultural, economic, and political conditions.
This exhibition presents a special installation of her posters for The Rooms.

Credit: from Truisms (1977–79), 1977. Offset poster. 24 x 18 in. / 61 x 45.7 cm. Installation: New York, 1977. © 1977 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Mike Gough: Retrace
December 20, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Mike Gough explores the materiality of memory, alluding to personal subject matter that exists just below the surface. Navigating process and experience, his paintings transcend the autobiographical, representing desires and memories that can never be adequately translated.
This exhibition presents a new body of work created as part of the Elbow Room Residency Series

Credits: Mike Gough. Remember, You’re in Good Hands (2013). enamel, acrylic, pastel, graphite on birch panel. Collection of the artist.

Zeke Moores: Dispose
December 20, 2013 – April 20, 2014
Organized in partnership with The Art Gallery of Windsor
Support of the Ontario Arts Council
Zeke Moores is inspired by what society throws away. His sculptures explore the transient nature of contemporary culture, valuing crumpled cardboard boxes, street barriers, milk crates and moving blankets. Moores reclaims these discarded and forgotten objects as the cultural artifacts of our time, recreating them in bronze and aluminum to highlight their beauty and potential. Moores was raised Conception Bay south, Newfoundland. He has lived in Halifax, new Jersey, Toronto and Windsor, where he has resided for the past ten years. In 2011 Moores was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent prize for contemporary art.
Credit: Zeke Moores. Moving Blanket (2013), cast aluminum. Bronze Boxes (2012), cast bronze. Dimensions variable.

PAM HALL: HouseWork(s)
May 10, 2014 – September 7, 2014
Guest curated by Dr. Melinda Pinfold
Pam Hall’s creative and social engagement with community is a long-standing and significant part of her artistic practice. She invites members of the public to be creative collaborators – among these, a medical school, a fish processing plant and a small rural parish hall. The house – with all of its physical, emotional, cultural, social and gendered connotations – is the broad theme of this exhibition. The works, both displayed and performed, represent the union of Hall’s solitary and collaborative practices.
Image: Pam Hall, from 32 Days Towards a House of Prayer, 2007. Linen, permanent markers, wood, twine, 11” x 11” x 16”

Pointed North
Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland & Labrador
May 31 – September 21, 2014

In search of the dramatic landscapes of the North, American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) visited the Burin peninsula in 1910 and lived in Brigus from 1914-15. As part of the Rockwell Kent Centennial in Newfoundland, The Rooms presents paintings, drawings, prints and books from various points throughout Kent’s career, highlighting those inspired by his time here.

Rockwell Kent, Masthead, 1926, wood engraving on paper

Image: Rockwell Kent, Masthead, 1926, wood engraving on paper. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection, purchased through anonymous donation. Reproduction courtesy Plattsburgh State Art Museum, SUNY Plattsburgh, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. All rights reserved.

Inner Works: Selections from the People’s Collection
Level 4

Inner Works presents significant artworks from The Rooms’ permanent collection, works that are elemental to the continuing stories of our collections and the visual arts in this province. This exhibition is enriched with information about artists, art contexts and techniques available through hands-on activities and new technologies.

Credit: Maurice Cullen, Summer, Torbay, Newfoundland, 1911, oil on canvas, 58.7 x 71.5 cm, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
Curated by Sonia Del Re, Assistant Curator, European, American and
Asian Prints and Drawing, National Gallery of Canada

September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

This exhibition analyzes the representation of monstrous beings in Early Modern visual culture by bringing together approximately fifty European prints of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. The engravings, etchings and woodcuts assembled in this exhibition showcase real and fictitious beasts and monsters in exuberant and enigmatic compositions. The selection includes surprising and strange images of handsome beasts and hideous creatures executed with bravura. Often violent, they bring to light certain religious or moral anxieties, while others, such as the celebrated Battle of the Sea Gods by Andrea Mantegna, depict mythological and allegorical themes that combine beauty and the grotesque. Moreover, they bear witness to the unbridled imagination of Albrecht Dürer and Jacques Callot, among many others, and also to a collective imagination that expresses a singular vision of the world.

Andrea Mantegna, Battle of the Sea Gods

Image credit: Andrea Mantegna, Battle of the Sea Gods (left side), (c. 1485-1488). Engraving on laid paper, 28 x 42.7 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Andrzej Maciejewski’s large black and white photographic portraits of potatoes blend the humorous and the serious, the commonplace and the monumental. Celebrating that which often goes unnoticed, the potatoes are chosen for their diverse shapes and textures which easily lend themselves to abstraction.

Archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper

Image credit: Andrzej Maciejewski, Itzhak Israel Ginzborg (2011) Archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper. Collection of the artist. 61 x 76 cm.

Elbow Room Residency Series
September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

St. John’s street artist, installation artist and painter Kyle Bustin explores the monstrous figures of the digital world – the trolls, lurkers and other avatars that we encounter (and often embody). This exhibition presents a new body of work created as part of the Elbow Room Residency Series.

Kyle Bustin, User # : “Internet Troll” (2014)

Image credit: Kyle Bustin, User # : “Internet Troll” (2014). Mixed Media.

Contemporary Art from TD Bank Group’s Inuit Collection
October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Guest Curators: TD Bank Group

For almost fifty years, TD Bank Group has been collecting Canadian art. In the mid-1960s, the bank began collecting contemporary artwork for spaces in the new Mies van der Rohe-designed Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto. Around the same time, TD initiated a remarkable collection of Inuit art in honour of Canada’s Centennial in 1967. Inuit Ullumi: Inuit Today highlights how these two distinct collections have begun to coalesce, creating a unique dialogue about place, identity, diversity and history. Artists include: Shuvinai Ashoona, Isaci Etidloie, John Noestheden, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Itee Pootoogook, Pitseolak Qimirpik, Ningeokuluk Teevee and Sam Toonoo.

Pitseolak Qimirpik, Young Man Playing MP3, (2010)

Image Credit: Pitseolak Qimirpik, Young Man Playing MP3, (2010). Stone, electrical wire, antler. 16 x 5 x 6 inches. Collection of TD Bank Group. Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.

October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015
Guest Curator: Michael Connolly

Coinciding with the 40th Anniversary of St. Michael’s Printshop, The Rooms presents a selection of works exploring the development of printmaking in Newfoundland and Labrador. From the early private silkscreen studios to the establishment of St. Michael’s Printshop and the Visual Arts program at Grenfell Campus, the province’s visual culture has been enriched by a wealth of original etchings, screen prints, lithographs and more. Selected prints, printmaking displays and short films will explore the world of our printmaking past and future.

Harris The Gullies

Image Credit: A.E. Harris, The Gullies, Brigus C.B. Newfoundland (1931). Print on paper. 21.5 x 27.2 cm.The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland Collection, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

January 17 – April 26, 2015

This exhibition considers storytelling as a central yet shifting measurement for communal identity. Artists working in a wide range of materials explore how themes in folklore can inform contemporary art and society, while navigating ideas of preservation in the face of change, mark-making as personal record, and the nature of authority. The gallery space will be activated with impromptu performances by artists and musicians throughout the exhibition.

Artists: Joshua Bonnetta, Kay Burns, Janice Wright Cheney, Mark Clintberg, Michael Flaherty, Kym Greeley & Erika Stephens-Moore, Lee Henderson, Duane Linklater, Jerry Ropson, Steve Topping and Michael Waterman.


Image Credit: Mark Clintberg. Passion Over Reason / La passion avant la raison (2014). Fabric, thread. Limited edition series of handmade quilts Conceived and designed by Mark Clintberg. Made by the Winds and Waves Artisan’s Guild. Produced by Fogo Island Arts in partnership with the artist, Winds and Waves Artisan’s Guild, the Fogo Island Inn, and the Shorefast Foundation.

January 31 – April 12, 2015
Co-produced with Oakville Galleries

Over the past decade, Canadian artist duo Daniel Young and Christian Giroux have created an acclaimed body of work that critically explores the built environment. Their latest project, Infrastructure Canada (2010–2012), completes a trilogy of conceptual films created by the artists that depict the systematic production of space. For the exhibition, the artists will incorporate architectural images from The Rooms collections, speaking to the built vernacular found in this province.

ARTIST TALK February 1st, 2 pm


Image Credit: Daniel Young & Christian Giroux. Infrastructure Canada (installation view at Oakville Galleries), (2012).

January 17 – April 26, 2015

St. John’s-based multidisciplinary artist Audrey Hurd has created three pillars that archive a history of hugging and invite public participation. Working with cement, plaster, and memory foam, Hurd investigates how material can record different levels of permanence and reflects poetically on human relations. Hurd is the latest artist in The Rooms Elbow Room Residency Series, which provides the resources and space for emerging artists to develop a new body of work, resulting in an accompanying exhibition and publication.

ARTIST TALK January 28, 7 pm


Image Credit: Daniel Young & Christian Giroux. Infrastructure Canada (installation view at Oakville Galleries), (2012).

January 17 – April 26, 2015
Organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal as part of its Momentum series, with support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Museums Assistance Program.

Highlighting major works from the Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, this exhibition - which features drawing, collage and painting - draws from a body of work which Lyne Lapointe created from 1998 to 2002. Lapointe’s career began to flourish in the 1980s, and she soon made a name for herself as one of the most remarkable artists of her generation. Her use of uncommon, carefully chosen images and motifs stems from her longstanding interest in popular and historical sources, and her fascination with animal imagery and geometric figures. The notion of metamorphosis emerges in her work as a fundamental element of meaning, a way of exploring the complexity of knowledge.


Image Credit: Lyne Lapointe. Perchoirs, 2002. [Perches]. Graphite and oil on Armenia paper mounted overall on plywood, iron, 20 painted glass plates, painted wood frame. 220 x 246 x 14 cm. Collection: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Jeannie Thib: Hyperflat
May 30 – September 20, 2015
Produced by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax
Curator: Tila Kellman

In the contemporary art exhibition “Hyperflat”, Toronto artist Jeannie Thib asks, “What if our contemporary built environments were based on ornamental botanical patterns?” Can “decorative” urban space lead to more caring relationships with our environment and with each other?

Thib uses high-tech design and fabricating techniques to rework decorative floral patterns borrowed from historical textiles and domestic surfaces. In doing so, she generates expansive reliefs and jewel-like models in contemporary industrial materials. Thib envisions botanical pattern - long marginalized as decorative and feminine - as surrounding landscape brought “home” beneath our feet. The artist replaces Modernist rectilinear design with differentiated space and thus restores ideas of the feminine and nature to the heart of world-making.


Image credit: Rise (2005). Acrylic, acrylic vitrine, wood base, paint.

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