Of Myths and Mountains
In 1920, a group of artists calling themselves the Group of Seven held their first exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario). One hundred years later, their names are world-renowned for their distinct impressions of Ontario, British Columbia and Québec. The works produced in Newfoundland & Labrador, however, are much less familiar.
Produced over a series of trips in the early 20th century, the works in this unique exhibition demonstrate the Groups’ attempt at depicting an unmediated relationship between the individual and divinity, alongside the myths at the core of their nation-building ambitions and colonial gaze. A selection of historical and contemporary works by artists from (or otherwise considering) Labrador and Northern Québec talk back to these histories and work to decolonize and destabilize the Groups’ images with depictions of lands bursting with colour, spirituality, habitation and presence. A reading room invites visitors to engage alternative ideas surrounding these “myths and mountains.”
Featured artists include: Asinnajaq, Alan Collier, Kathleen Daly, Rhoda Dawson, Clarence Gagnon, Lawren S. Harris, Gilbert Hay, Mark Igloliorte, A.Y. Jackson, Josephina Kalleo, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, Caroline Monnet, George Pepper, Charlie Terriak and Jessica Winters.
Image Credit: Lawren S. Harris. Mount Thule, Bylot Island. 1930. Oil on canvas. 82.0 x 102.3 cm. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery: Gift of the Vancouver Art Gallery Women's Auxiliary, VAG 49.6. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery.