Opened in 1971, MSVU Art Gallery exists as a resource to Mount Saint Vincent, communities served by the university, artists and art publics everywhere. The gallery reflects the university’s educational mission by emphasizing the representation of women as cultural subjects and producers. Through its focus on contemporary art and internships, the art gallery has been a catalyst to many careers in visual art. Its exhibitions explore various forms of cultural production, highlighting the achievements of Nova Scotian artists and themes relevant to academic programs offered by the university.
Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and Natalie Jackson underneath movie marquee, San Francisco1955
silver gelatin print (Image courtesy of the University of Toronto Collection)
Inscription: Neal Cassady and his love that year before her suicide Natalie Jackson conscious of their roles in Eternity. Cassady had been prototype idealized for Jack Kerouac’s late 1940s On The Road picaresque saga hero Dean Moriarty, as later in 1960s he’d taken the driver’s wheel of ken Kesey’s psychadelic-era Merry Pranksters crosscountry bus "Further". Neal’s illuminated American automobile energy, crossreferential eager eloquence & grass-roots erotic drive had already written his name in bright-lit signs in our literary imaginations before moviews were made imitating his charm. That’s why we stopped without plan under the marquee to fix the passing hand on the watch, San Francisco, Probably march 1955.
MSVU Art Gallery promotes critical access to its exhibitions through publications, lectures and other educational programs. It also manages the MSVU art collection, much of which may be viewed in the E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre and other campus buildings. Exhibitions, publications and events are funded in part by a multi-year grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.