Exhibitions

Alex Colville, Athletes, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on board

2016 Sackville Art Association Annual Members' Exhibition

20 November – 11 December 2016

Our annual community exhibition by members of the Sackville Art Association, one of the region’s longest standing artists’ organizations. This year's featured artist is Bernadette LeBlanc.

Image: Installation shot of the exhibition

Image from D'Arcy Wilson: the Memorialist

D'Arcy Wilson: The Memorialist

4 November to 11 December

The Memorialist resurrects the little-known historical fact that Halifax, NS, was home to the first public zoo in North America. Here, the local naturalist Andrew Downs established zoological gardens in 1847, which grew to be one hundred acres in size, housing regional and exotic species of animals in sprawling wooded enclosures. The opening of these gardens marked the first time that Western Culture in this continent placed the wild animal in a “living museum”. The exhibition The Memorialist is comprised of drawings, field notes, video, performance, and photography that collectively highlight the dysfunctional relationship between Western Culture and wildlife, and the transformation of the animal into spectacle. By reconstructing how the zoo may have been, Wilson depicts the problematic geographies of the colonial settler and the wild animal. A publication with essay by guest-writer Felicty Tayler will document the exhibition.

Alex Colville, Athletes, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on board

The Colville Gallery

14 May - Ongoing

A permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Alex Colville (1920-2013), one of Canada's most celebrated artists and one of Mount Allison University's best known graduates. The Gallery features the installation of the mural Athletes, commissioned by Mount Allison for its new Athletic Centre in 1961. Designed around the theme of the student athlete, the mural was the focal point of the new building; it remained there for over 50 years, until its present installation in the stable and secure environment of Owens Art Gallery. Other artworks by Colville are also on view, including many of the preparatory drawings for Athletes and examples of the artist's serigraphs.

Image: Alex Colville, Athletes, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on board

Owens Art Gallery

A Virtual Companion to All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960

online now

This Virtual Companion accompanies the exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960. Serving as a legacy for the exhibition, this website provides in-depth features on selected objects, behind-the-scenes documentation of the exhibition installation, video footage of conservation treatments, archival photographs and oral histories from graduates of the Applied Arts program.

The Virtual Companion is made possible through funding from the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation.

 

   

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