December 20th, 2014 to March 29th, 2015
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Nature London at 150
December 20th, 2014 to March 29th, 2015
Museum London is excited to present an exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Nature London. Developed in collaboration with Nature London members David and Winifred Wake, this exhibition will explore the “who, why, what, and when” of this amazing organization.
You will meet its earliest members and discover that they learned about the insects, birds, and plants of the region not only because they loved nature, but also because they wanted to help farmers and others prosper through their economically useful scientific findings. As the times changed, the organization that became Nature London added a commitment to preservation. Its members could not and did not sit idle while urbanization and industrialization threatened species and their habitats with destruction. Over 150 years, as you will see, Nature London members have shared with others through field trips, lectures, and publications, their joy in, and enthusiasm about nature.
As well as featuring treasured objects and images held by Nature London, the exhibition will include material from the collections of Museum London, the University of Guelph, and the Departments of Botany and Zoology at the University of Western Ontario.
You are invited to the opening reception on Friday, January 30
December 13th, 2014 to April 5th, 2015
The title of this exhibition re-interprets--and perhaps updates--part of a famous quote from English Restoration-era poet and critic John Dryden (1631-1700):
By viewing Nature, Nature’s handmaid, art, makes mighty things from small beginnings grow.
The natural world has been constantly envisioned by artists around the world. This has been especially true in the case of Canadian art, where the landscape has been used to assert the very identity of the country and its inhabitants. While the wilderness imagery of generations of Canadian painters is known to many, over the last half century a significant number of contemporary artists have also conceptualized nature, though in different ways, and to address a variety of aesthetic and social concerns.
Selected works bypass traditional representations of the landscape to combine aspects of the natural and man-made in engaging ways. Different materials, process, and content exemplify the back-and-forth exchange between nature and nurture. Works by Joyce Wieland, Ed Pien, Paul Walde, Spring Hurlbut and several others combine individual handiwork with elements of mass production. Found objects, even materials deemed to be detritus, resemble or mix with organic materials which "speak for themselves," or make ironic statements about artificiality and industry.
Work and Perseverance: Paintings by Women Artists
November 8th, 2014 to November 8th, 2015
Over the course of the twentieth century, the development of public art museums and galleries in Ontario (and indeed, across Canada) was spurred to a large extent by the efforts of women. They served in groups as volunteers fundraising for building and collecting, and as individual artists and benefactors who contributed to and championed cultural excellence. Many belonged to women’s artists groups, which existed in part because of female artists’ being barred from (or more generally devalued by) existing groups such as the Arts & Letters Club or Royal Canadian Academy. Selected works include longstanding favourites by regional artists Eva Bradshaw and Florence Carlyle, as well as by Yvonne McKague Housser, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, and many more. Several paintings entered the collection as gifts by women’s or female-dominated groups in this region, such as the Women’s Art Association of Canada and the Volunteer Committee of Museum London.
In the Air: Canadian Plein Air Painters
September 27th, 2014 to April 12th, 2015
Artists have long painted outdoors, but by the mid-nineteenth century, working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon School and the Impressionists. This trend soon took root in Canada, which already had a tradition of painting out-of-doors that was connected to military pursuits. This exhibition looks at the work of some of the nation’s best-loved plein air artists, and features important views of the London area--of the Thames River, well known edifices, early neighbourhoods, and more -- by historical and contemporary painters.
A Story of Canadian Art: As told by the Hart House Collection
September 20th, 2014 to January 4th, 2015
Moore and Volunteer Galleries
This unique exhibition features highlights of Canadian art from the historic collection that was begun in at the beginning of the twentieth century by Hart House at the University of Toronto. Together for the first time in more than 30 years, A Story of Canadian Art provides audiences with an opportunity to discover a significant chapter in the formation of art and cultural history in Canada.
The selection of works will draw on the first fifty years of the collection and include among others A.Y. Jackson's Georgian Bay, November, purchased in 1922; David Milne, Waterlilies and the Sunday Paper, Temagami, 1928, donated by Vincent Massey in 1947, and Lawren Harris's Abstract (War Painting), 1943 presented by the Artist to Hart House in 1949. The exhibition also includes works by Andre Bieler, Simone Marie Bouchard, Franklin Carmichael, A.J. Casson, Paraskeva Clark, Charles Comfort, L.L. FitzGerald, Prudence Heward, Edwin Holgate, Bess Housser, Yvonne Housser, Jack Humphrey, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, Henri Masson, Kathleen Morris, Lilias Newton, George Pepper, Tom Thomson, Jacques de Tonnancour, F.H. Varley, William Weston, W.J. Wood.
Most notably, the exhibition tells us about particular critical junctures in the history of how this singular Canadian collection was built, but will also provide glimpses into the history of art in Canada has been written.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Museums Assistance Program
Fellowship and Fine Arts: Artist Associations
September 6th, 2014 to January 11th, 2015
Ivey North and Centre Galleries
This historical exhibition brings together imagery and ephemera related to artist associations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in Canada in general, and in Ontario and Middlesex County in particular. Topics to be addressed include the roles of the Western Art Union and League, Royal Canadian Academy, Ontario Society of Artists, and other groups which helped promote artists in the years before increased government support of culture (1950s-60s). These associations also endorsed their own aesthetic standards in Canada for generations.
Exhibition tour: Sunday, October 19, 1:00 pm
The Peel Family: An Artistic Affair
September 6th, 2014 to January 11th, 2015
Ivey South Gallery
This exhibition brings together works and artifacts from the Peel family, which exist at the intersection of artistic and historic significance in London, Ontario, during the latter half of the nineteenth century. The environment in which Canadian painter Paul Peel grew up encouraged his bourgeoning talent, largely due to the influence of his father John Robert Peel, a leading figure in the local arts scene. Along with Charles Chapman and the Griffiths brothers, J.R. Peel was involved in several initiatives to stimulate a passion for arts in the community, including co-founding the Western School of Art and Design and organizing the first Art Loan exhibition in the city.
From a young age, Paul and his sister Mildred Peel were artistically inclined, working in both painting and sculpture. The two siblings later studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and in France, with such notable artists as Thomas Eakins and Benjamin Constant. Paul Peel became one of only two Canadians to win a Paris Salon medal while Mildred Peel became a successful working artist in her own right, one of the first women in Canada to complete publically-commissioned sculpture works.
Many of the works and objects in this exhibition came to Museum London through descent from the Peel family. Traces of familial artistic tendencies remain in a recently donated painting by Paul Peel’s daughter, Marguerite.
Exhibition tour and live theatre performance: Sunday, November 16, 1:00 pm
Visible Storage Project
March 2nd, 2014 to February 9th, 2016
Lawson Family Gallery
This installation permanently displays more than 100 works of art primarily focussed on London artists but featuring many of the great works of Canadian art from our vaults. With walls devoted to the works by Paul Peel, the Group of Seven, and artists such as Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, and Paterson Ewen, Visible Storage allows you to always see old favourites from the collection as well as discover new ones.
This exhibition has been digitally enhanced. Browse images, videos and text online at visiblestorage.ca