Natural Selection An Evolving Idea of Canadian LandscapeJune 8, 2013 – May 17, 2014
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.
The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits Conceived and created by the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto May 25 - October 10
Level 2, Museum
Born in the age of post-war exuberance, nurtured by the dynamism of the machine and seduced by the lure of the exotic, The Roaring Twenties infused society and fashion with an energetic modernity. As hemlines rose, shoes became increasingly important for stylish women and many of the decade’s exceptional shoes illustrate the electrifying synergy between fashion and design. The Roaring Twenties: Heels, Hemlines and High Spirits focuses on the wardrobe and widening horizons of the “New Woman” and looks at how the influences of the period – cinema, jazz clubs, world travel – influenced the shape of fashionable footwear.
Image: The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. P83.214.
May 11 – September 1, 2013
Level 3, Art Gallery Reception, Friday, May 10, 7:30pm
Renowned Newfoundland and Labrador artist
Mary Pratt will be celebrated in a 50-year
retrospective exhibition that will open at
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in May 2013, then tour Canada until January 2015.
Beginning in the mid-1960s, Mary Pratt became fascinated by light on the surfaces of everyday objects in her home. She began to create powerful oil paintings; the first in this genre, Supper Table (1969) will be in this exhibition. Other iconic works to be included are Jelly Shelf (1999), Eviscerated Chickens (1971) and Service Station (1978).
Nuance 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.
Mary Pratt the exhibition is a project by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program.
Image: Mary Pratt, Salmon on Saran, 1974, oil on board, 45.7 x 76.2 cm.
Collection of Angus and Jean Bruneau.
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.
Image: The Rooms Provincial Museum Division
Cultural Ties April 10, 2013
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.