Join us in celebrating our latest art exhibitions. Free to attend, all are welcome.
FUTURE POSSIBLE: ART OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR TO 1949
May 12 to September 3
Featuring: Alexander Young Jackson, Rockwell Kent, Robert Pilot, Maurice Cullen, Shanawdithit, Helen Parsons Shepherd, Rebecca Belmore, Mary Ann Penashue, Michael Pittman and many more.
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.
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?
MERYL McMASTER: CONFLUENCE
May 26 to September 23
An individual of mixed Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples. Three bodies of work in Confluence comprise arresting self-portraits that counter the stereotypical ways that Indigenous peoples have been, and sometimes still are, represented within a colonial framework, principally as objects rather than as subjects of the gaze.
Meryl McMaster’s photographs explore the fluidity of identity and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, McMaster transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she has created and inhabits as alter egos, solitary in the landscape
RHONDA PELLEY: THE FEVER
On now until November 2018
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.