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.
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.
PROVINCIAL ARTS & LETTERS AWARDSApril 15 – May 11
Since 1952, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has celebrated
excellence in the arts through 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 of the visual art section, alongside those designated
honorable mentions or works of merit by the adjudicators.
DEATH AT THE FRONT: THE SEALING DISASTERS OF 1914March 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
JENNY HOLZER: TRUISMSDecember 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.
MIKE GOUGH: RETRACEDecember 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: DISPOSEDecember 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
Carnivorous plants are colourful, lively, and sneaky at trapping and digesting insects and small organisms for the
nutrients they provide. They fascinate many of us, especially kids. Gotcha! is a highly interactive, immersive exhibition
focusing on the province’s diversity of curious carnivorous plants – from the pitcher plant to the bladderwort. It is aimed
at kids aged five to nine but will be enjoyed by all ages.
Here, We Made A HomeOngoing
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 SeaOngoing
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.