The Colville Gift
3 November to 16 March
This exhibition is the unveiling of a major donation of artwork by renowned Canadian artist, the late Alex Colville (’42, LLD ’68). The gift was made by the artist this spring in memory of his wife, Rhoda (Wright) Colville (’42). The gift is the complete set of thirty-five silkscreen prints produced by the artist during his lifetime. The first print, titled After Swimming, was made in 1955 and the last print, titled Willow, was made in 2002. The artist's practice was to keep back one print from each edition for his own collection. These are the prints that form the gift to the Owens today, adding a unique and personal dimension to the donation. The Owens Art Gallery is now the only institution to own the complete set of Colville's prints. As a group, the Colville serigraphs form a remarkable record of the artist's career over the years, showing the subject matter that would preoccupy him during the course of his entire artistic career. The gift is an extraordinary resource for teaching, research, and for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Image: Alex Colville, "After Swimming", serigraph,1955, Collection of the Owens Art Gallery, Gift of Alex Colville in memory of Rhoda Colville
Yoko Homareda: Something Out of Nothing
25 October to 8 December
I start with one movement, then another. I alter colours, play with time, with pressure, ever so slightly. Each shape, line, and volume attains its own identity in one movement, I knit a line, a triangle and a square. By repeating my gesture, I multiply the motifs that make up a landscape and I explore this. -Yoko Homareda
Image: Yoko Homareda
You Can Call Me Al
13 September to 15 December
This exhibition of artworks from the Owens Art Gallery collection has been organized in conjunction with a Museum Studies course taught at Mount Allison University this semester. Students in the class have been asked to consider the way that art galleries name, label, and describe the works in their collections. As part of the course requirement, each student in the class has been asked to provide an extended label for one of the works on display.
The title of the exhibition is taken from a 1986 song written by Paul Simon after attending a party with his wife, Peggy Harper. The French composer and conductor, Pierre Boulez, who was at the party, mistakenly referred to Paul as "Al" and to Peggy as "Betty", inspiring Simon to write the song.
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