Current Exhibitions

Food-Water-Life: Lucy+Jorge Orta

August 29th, 2015 to December 6th, 2015

Ivey Galleries

The work of Lucy and Jorge Orta explores major concerns that define the twenty-first century: biodiversity, the environment, climate change and communication. This exhibition examines how the artists’ unique visual language confronts global issues, communicating widely to audiences beyond the field of contemporary art and demonstrating the importance of art as a creative agent for awareness and change.

Working in partnership since 2005, this husband and wife team create, produce and assemble their artworks and large installations together with a team of artists, architects, craftsmen and designers. Together they stage workshops, interventions, residencies and master classes that explore issues of community, migration, sustainable development and recycling among other themes. As heirs to the practice of social sculpture formulated by Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, their works are beguiling assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that actually purify water, and elements created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica, which are part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Lucy and Jorge Orta’s work has been the focus of survey exhibitions in major museums around the world including: the Barbican Art Gallery (London, UK); Modern Art Museum (Paris, FR); Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, AU); Boijmans Museum Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, NL); and Hangar Bicocca (Milan, IT). FoodWaterLife is the first comprehensive exhibition of their work available to North American museums.

The exhibition is organized by the Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA and curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox (c2-curatorsquared).

Opening Reception: Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

London's First World War

May 16th, 2015 to September 13th, 2015

Forum Gallery

London's First World War will explore the wide variety of ways in which Londoners, men, women, and children participated in the conflict that lasted from 1914 to 1918.

Beginning with recruitment, it will explore the numbers of men and women who enlisted for overseas service as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, touching on conscription and issues of race. Combining artifacts and images, the exhibition will also explore several of the major battles in which Canadians participated, the injuries they suffered, and the medical care they received. While Londoners served overseas, those at home worked, raised money, made comforts for military personnel, lived and waited. Artifacts and images again will illustrate the way in which the war impacted every aspect of Londoners' lives on the home front. Although the war ended on November 11, 1918, Londoners who lived through the conflict did not forget it and neither do we today.

The exhibition will highlight the experiences of those who lived with permanent disability and the deaths of loved ones. It will look at the way we continue to remember the Great War today.

Souterraine Impressions

April 9th, 2015 to September 7th, 2015

Interior Gallery

Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, this exhibition illuminates the lives of Canadian veterans through the deeply personal carvings and drawings made by soldiers concealed in the allied caves and trenches near Vimy Ridge, France. Organized by Zenon Andrusyszyn, Souterraine Impressions will bring reproductions of site-specific artifacts to Canada through contemporary 3-dimensional printing, allowing audiences a rare glimpse at these personal documents created while Canadian soldiers awaited orders to join the now legendary Battle for Vimy Ridge. While not a great military success, the battle has subsequently become for Canada a symbol of national unity, achievement and tremendous sacrifice.

Visitors will get a sense of the scale of the caves from large photographic reproductions. Central to the exhibition will be a series of “tableaus” containing one of the reproduced carvings, a photograph of the soldier who created it and a short biography. While many of the carvings feature regimental or battalion badges, there are also carvings of hearts, animals and names.

Work and Perseverance: Paintings by Women Artists

November 8th, 2014 to November 8th, 2015

Community Gallery

Viola Depew (Canadian, 1894-1992), Nicotiana, 1956, linocut on paper, Gift of the Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers and Engravers, 1956 Hortense Gordon (Canadian, 1887-1961), Untitled, undated, coloured pencil crayon on buff paper, Gift of Mr. Jens Thielsen, London, Ontario, 2000 Pegi Nicol MacLeod (Canadian, 1904-1949), Men on Telephone Poles, c. 1935, watercolour on paper, Gift of Mr. Richard Alway, Toronto, Ontario, 1983

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.

Visible Storage Project

March 2nd, 2014 to February 9th, 2016

Lawson Family Gallery

Greg Curnoe, Car, 1967, oil, metal, masonite, wood, 168 x 173 cm, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Moore, London, Ontario, through the Ontario Heritage Foundation, 1978 Jack Chambers, Daffodils, 1976, oil on canvas, 76 x 76 cm, Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, London, 2011 Bertram Brooker, Abstraction, Music, c. 1927, oil on canvas, 43 x 61 cm, F. B. Housser Memorial Collection, 1945 Arthur Lismer, Pine Tree And Rocks, 1921, oil on canvas, 83 x 102 cm, F. B. Housser Memorial Collection, 1945

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.

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