PAM HALL: HouseWork(s)
Guest curated by Dr. Melinda Pinfold MAY 10 – SEPTEMBER 7
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”
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. For a full list of programs and events related to this exhibition please clickhere.
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.
DEATH AT THE FRONT: THE SEALING DISASTERS OF 1914 March 16 – November 16
Level 3 Museum Alcove
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the two terrible calamities in the history of the sealing industry in
Newfoundland and Labrador. One tremendous spring blizzard off the island claimed 251 lives between the sinking of the
Southern Cross and the harrowing ordeal faced by sealers of the Newfoundland left stranded on the sea ice for two days.
The exhibition features artifacts and imagery connected to these tragedies.
Image credit: The Rooms Provincial Archives Division, A 61-55, Landing Survivors , Provincial Archives photograph collection
Here, We Made A Home Ongoing
The Elinor Gill Ratcliffe Gallery - Level 4
At the eastern edge of the continent, bounded by the sea, the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador's livyers was tied to
the fisheries and the North Atlantic. A rich mix of dialects, ways of life, food traditions, story and song developed
here. Shaped by the unique combination of location, history, cultures - English, Irish, French, Scottish - this gallery
shares many of these traditions and stories. Some are personal and local; others reflect roles and achievements on the
world stage. running through most of them are qualities of perseverance and innovation, courage and generosity.
From This Place Our Lives on Land and Sea Ongoing
The Husky Energy Gallery - Level 4
A rich tapestry of cultures exists in Newfoundland and Labrador: Strong ties to the land and the sea are the threads
running throughout. Four Aboriginal Peoples - Innu, Inuit, Southern Inuit and Mi'kmaq - have lived in Labrador or on the
island of Newfoundland for centuries. Europeans (livyers) - settled both places beginning in the early 1600s. The stories
presented in this gallery highlight how the province's peoples connected, and are connected. It is a story of how this
place shaped its peoples and how different cultures have shaped and continue to shape this place.
Silver: A Noble Metal
April 16 – Ongoing
Level 2, Atrium
In chemistry, silver is considered a noble metal; it is resistant to corrosion and oxidation and is considered precious
due to its rarity in the Earth’s crust. It has been a status symbol for centuries, its artisans creating functional
works of art but also paying attention to styles and trends. It has also been considered a great reward and is given as
an award to important dignitaries, athletes and heroes on the battlefield. The exhibition will examine silver (sterling
and plate), its uses and markings and its production within the province.