Future Possible: Art of Newfoundland & Labrador to 1949

Display Date: 
May 12 - September 3
Level 3

Gathering close to 100 artworks, images and objects from across The Rooms art gallery, archives and museum collections, this exhibition asks questions about how histories are told and re-told through images. How do these images define our understanding of this place? How does the past we imagine affect how we move into the future?

Taking place over two summers, this is the first of a ground-breaking look at the art history and iconography of Newfoundland and Labrador, starting with the period before Confederation in 1949. The exhibition places historical works in conversation with works by contemporary artists who reference real and imagined histories.

Featuring: Alexander Young Jackson, Rockwell Kent, Robert Pilot, Maurice Cullen, Shanawdithit, Helen Parsons Shepherd, Rebecca Belmore, Mary Ann Penashue, Michael Pittman and many more.

Image Credit: Alexander Young Jackson, Lake in Labrador (1930). Oil on canvas. 81.5 x 102 cm. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection. Gift of Celanese Canada, Inc. Photo: Ned Pratt Photography