WITNESS: CANADIAN ART OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
LEVEL 3 Main
September 19, 2015 – January 17, 2016 A travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum
The First World War was a defining moment in Canadian history. To commemorate its centenary, The Rooms is proud to bring this exhibition to St. John’s. Supported by National Presenting Sponsor TD Bank Group, this uniquely evocative exhibition gives Canadians an opportunity to view never-before seen paintings and drawings, and to appreciate how art was used to document and communicate wartime experiences to families and the public a hundred years ago.
CHRISTINE KOCH: NEVER MELTING ICE
September 19, 2015 – January 17, 2016
LEVEL 3 Harbour Gallery
In 2011 and 2012, artist Christine Koch travelled to Labrador’s Torngat Mountains National Park with a team of geographers researching climate change in the Arctic. New large works, created for this exhibition, document her experience of this changing glacial landscape, and reveal the interrelationship of Koch’s painting and printmaking practices. Accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with essays by geographer Trevor Bell and CBC Radio host Shelagh Rogers.
Christine Koch, Never Melting Ice (Night) (2015) Mixed media.
MATTHEW HOLLETT: A HOUSE BY THE WATER
Elbow Room Residency Series
October 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016
LEVEL 4 Main
Matthew Hollett explores the shifting architectural landscape of this province through film, photography, sculpture and an interactive projection. The exhibition presents new work created as part of the Elbow Room Residency Series.
Matthew Hollett, A House by The Water (detail, working sketch), 2015, digital projection.
NIFCO: CONTEMPORARY FILM IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
October 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016
LEVEL 4 Media Room
The Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative (NIFCO) was formed in 1975 by a group of filmmakers who wanted to ensure that artists here had a place to gather and share experiences, skills and equipment. The Rooms joins NIFCO in celebrating 40 years of creativity in filmmaking with a selection of the best in innovative, cutting-edge films made by NIFCO members.
Anne Troake, Pretty Big Dig (still), 2002
PIERRE HUYGHE: A JOURNEY THAT WASN’T On loan from The National Gallery of Canada
October 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016
LEVEL 4 Main
A fascinating 25-minute colour film by internationally renowned French artist Pierre Huyghe. The artist’s work navigates between fact and fiction, proposing that reality is so unbelievable that “to tell it the right way, you must tell it as a fi ction.” In A Journey That Wasn’t, Huyghe merges two events of his creation: an Antarctic expedition in search of an albino creature rumoured to exist on an uncharted island exposed by receding ice, and a re-enactment of that voyage as an elaborate concert and lightshow in Central Park in October 2005. Part nature documentary, part science fiction movie, and part musical, the resulting cinematic experience shifts between the exploration of sublime terrain and orchestrated spectacle, leaving us to decide whether, as the title suggests, the journey even happened.
JULIA PICKARD: PART OF ME
October 31, 2015 – February 21, 2016
LEVEL 4 Colonnade
Julia Pickard’s generous spirit and vibrant, impressionist compositions brightened the art scene in St. John’s for 38 years. She was one of a few professionally trained artists in the province when she moved to St. John’s in 1976. Julia shared her skills through teaching and mentoring throughout her career. Art was part of her – this exhibition celebrates Pickard’s life, prolific career and her contributions to the local art community.
Julia Pickard, Night Garden (1999), Oil on canvas,
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Government of
Newfoundland and Labrador Collection.
Christopher Pratt: The Places I Go
May 15 – September 6, 2015
Renowned painter Christopher Pratt has travelled around Newfoundland extensively, observing and recording a lifetime of changes to sites that hold memories for him.
The Places I Go represents a decade of Pratt’s focused explorations through art and writing, celebrating the blend of familiarity and respect that Pratt has for his home province.
Image credit: Christopher Pratt. Sunset at Squid Cove (2004). Oil on canvas. Private collection, courtesy Mira Godard Gallery.
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.
TANYA ST-PIERRE: COLLAGE SERIES
January 17 – September 13, 2015
Collage Series features thirty-two composite images by Quebec-based artist Tanya St-Pierre. The work represents a space somewhere between fact and fiction, symbol and pure composition. St-Pierre’s collages interpret, while rendering poetic, the work of Newfoundland and Labrador women during the First and Second World Wars. Researching intensely in The Rooms Provincial Archives for a two-week period in August 2014, St-Pierre carefully looked over hundreds of archival documents and selected the primary material for the collages. By cutting out fragments of history from archival sources, and blending the two time periods, the collages operate like a metaphor for the disruption that occurs during wartime, and the lives torn in the context of these moments of strong cultural tension and social transition.
Image Credit: Tanya St-Pierre. Collage Series (2014). Digital print.
TRUTH OR MYTH?
February 27, 2015 - Ongoing
Truth or Myth? poses the following questions: What defines us as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians? What events and characteristics make us who we are? Artworks reflect on issues of personal, cultural and political identity, including our economy, the cod and seal fisheries, resettlement, the development of our natural resources, confederation with Canada and referenda. Through unique pairings of artworks this thematic exhibition explores identity through painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture drawn from The Rooms Permanent Collection. Featuring writing and reflections by local actor and writer Andy Jones.
Image Credit: Barbara Pratt, Tanker (2011). Oil on canvas. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Collection
The EDWIN R. PROCUNIER COLLECTION: A GIFT OF CANADA
February 27, 2015 – October 18, 2015
I collected scenes of all corners of Canada, a conscious matter of trying to celebrate the beauty of our country…
Edwin R. Procunier (1927-2011) began gifting art to his home province of Newfoundland & Labrador in 1985. The 372 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures he donated make up the Edwin R. Procunier Collection, and are in the care of The Rooms. They represent Procunier’s love of art, of Canada and of Newfoundland & Labrador. The collection is both historical and contemporary, focusing primarily on landscape, but also includes still lifes and portraits. This exhibition presents highlights of the Edwin R. Procunier Collection, in celebration of his generosity.
Image Credit: Emily Carr, Untitled (Forest Scene), undated. Oil on paper, 60.7 x 34.7 cm.The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Edwin R. Procunier Collection at The Rooms
HAOOTIA QUADRIFORMIS: THE WORLD’S
OLDEST MUSCULAR ANIMAL Ongoing
Connections Gallery, Level 3 Museum
On display right now: an extraordinary half-billion year old fossil from the Bonavista Peninsula. One of The Rooms most recent natural history acquisitions, Haootia quadriformis was discovered in 2008. It is the oldest complex animal fossil ever found and provides some of the earliest evidence of muscle tissue in the world’s biological record. This striking and scientifically exciting specimen is a must-see!
Image credit: Artist’s Reconstruction of Haootia quadriformis.2014. Courtesy Martin Brasier
ACCIDENTAL FINDS: ARCHAEOLOGY FROM THE POTATO GARDEN
February 11 – November 8, 2015
Level 3 Museum Alcove
People have occupied Newfoundland and Labrador for thousands of years and have left cultural traces buried in the soil and underwater. Usually unearthed by trained archaeologists, sometimes things come to light by accidental means such as when residents make chance finds while landscaping and, yes, digging in their gardens. On display is a selection of seldom seen collections that have surfaced by these means.
Image Credit: Stone Tools (Bifaces). Southern Labrador. 2000 to 1000 Years Ago. The Rooms Provincial Museum Division.
FLOWERS OF REMEMBRANCE
October 22, 2014 - Ongoing
Level 2 Museum Vitrines
A number of flowers are associated with the First World War by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including the familiar forget-me-not and poppy. Such commemorative flowers and their role in our collective memory will be profiled. Using artifacts and period imagery relating to The Great War commemoration, we will explore the significant role these flowers played across the last century.
Image Credit: The Rooms Provincial Museum Division.
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.