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Among All These Tundras ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ

April 25, 2020 - June 21, 2020

Featuring contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world, this exhibition expresses current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence.

Jane Everett: Understory

April 4, 2020 - May 24, 2020

Organized by the Kelowna Art Gallery, Understory is an immersive mixed media installation that evokes the feeling of standing amongst the grand forests of the British Columbian interior.

Prospect 19: Megan Kyak-Monteith—Whale Hunt: I Think Everyone is Here

February 1, 2020 - March 29, 2020

Exhibitions in the Prospect series introduce artists in the early phase of their careers. Megan Kyak-Monteith is a recent graduate of NSCAD from Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), NU who lives and works in Halifax.

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Heather Hart: Northern Oracle

January 18, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Organized and circulated by the Doris McCarthy Gallery
Curated by Ann MacDonald

Organized and circulated by the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Northern Oracle is an ambitious rooftop installation that emerges from the floor of the gallery, and is accompanied by a series of mixed media drawings.

Annual Mount Community Show

November 16, 2019 - December 15, 2019

Mount Saint Vincent University students, staff, faculty, alumnae and their families are invited to display their creative work in this annual extravaganza.

Sunetra Ekanayake: Botanical Watercolours

November 9, 2019 - January 26, 2020

In this exhibition of botanical watercolours, Dr. Ekanayake invites us to consider the precious and distinct nature of plant species found around the province and on the MSVU campus.

Letitia Fraser

September 14, 2019 - November 3, 2019

This exhibition showcases a selection of works by Halifax painter and recent NSCAD graduate, Letitia Fraser. A proud descendant of North Preston, Letitia weaves faces from her life into textiles, both literal and figurative.

Africville: A Spirit that Lives On – A Reflection Project

August 17, 2019 - November 10, 2019

In 1989, MSVU Art Gallery, in partnership with the Black Cultural Center for Nova Scotia and the Black Genealogical Society, collaborated on the exhibition Africville: A Spirit that Lives On.…

Carrie Allison, Displaced (2017)

Carrie Allison: clearing

May 25, 2019 - September 8, 2019

clearing brings together Displaced, Carrie Allison’s 2017 watercolour and ephemeral ink drawings, and her new series of beaded portraits of grass.

First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust

May 18, 2019 - July 28, 2019

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust was founded in 1944 and has been awarding scholarships to visual artists ...

Skawennati: Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters

March 16, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Born in Kahnawa:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati creates Indigenous virtual environments addressing history, the future and change.

James R Shirley: Landscapes from the Soul

February 9, 2019 - May 19, 2019

Black Then presents seven of Jim Shirley’s monotypes from the collections of Mount Saint Vincent ...

Jenn E Norton: Slipstream

January 12, 2019 - March 3, 2019

In an otherwise empty gallery space, six reflective panels positioned in an inward-facing ring...

Annual Mount Community Show 2018

November 21, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Mount Saint Vincent University students, staff, faculty, alumnae and their families are invited to display their creative work in this annual extravaganza.

Echo 1: Reflection 2018 (detail) - 5 panels of pearl cotton woven in loom-controlled leno lace 264 x 96 cm (each panel) (photo credit: Steve Farmer)

Prospect 18: Christiane Poulin. Echoes

October 13, 2018 - January 27, 2019

The woven structures of Poulin's site-oriented installation allude to Brutalist design integrated into a landscape.

Installation View - photo, Steve Farmer (2018)

Unpacking the Living Room

September 8, 2018 - November 10, 2018

This exhibition explores the many dynamics of domestic environments by staging a radically re-imagined living room in the gallery space. 

Jane Kidd tapestry: Land Sentence Series: Arbour (2009)

Jane Kidd: Curious

June 23, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Kidd’s tapestries connect the repeated gestures of weaving with the repeated patterns defining humans’ historical relationship to nature and the world.

Material Remains

May 26, 2018 - September 30, 2018

The works assembled in this exhibition express curiosity, skepticism and disorientation in the face of a world transformed by new technologies and consumption.

Eternal August

“it just brings me closer”: Reflections on Memorial Tattoos

May 5, 2018 - October 29, 2018

This exhibition of photographs is part of a larger study on the meaning and purpose of commemorative tattoos.

Maria Hupfield: The One Who Keeps On Giving. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid, courtesy of the artist (2017)

Maria Hupfield: The One Who Keeps on Giving

March 17, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Hupfield’s new two-channel video installation, The One Who Keeps On Giving, gathers around an object: an oil painting of a seascape by the artist’s late mother who painted it as a young woman and signed it as Peggy Miller.

Vol en voile

Melanie Authier: Contrarieties and Counterpoints

January 13, 2018 - March 4, 2018

The spatial effects of Melanie Authier’s abstract paintings show how artists can engage with the art of the past and transpose it into their own visual language.

Installation shot of Bodies in Translation: Age and Creativity and Gallery Attendant desk, photo by Steve Farmer (2017)

Bodies in Translation: Age and Creativity

September 9, 2017 - November 12, 2017

In keeping with the project’s focus on socially engaged creative work by artists who embody difference, the works in Bodies in Translation address various facets of aging, including age-related disability.

Ian Willms, We Shall See (2016)

Ian Willms: We Shall See

September 2, 2017 - November 5, 2017

In We Shall See Willms documents his father’s traumatic injuries and the details of daily hospital visits.

Brenda Pelkey, Court, Cobourg (2005)

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

April 22, 2017 - July 9, 2017

The exhibition includes nine bodies of work by the nationally recognized photographic artist Brenda Francis Pelkey, dating from 1988 through 2015. Pelkey lives in Windsor and has made major photographic series in Ontario, Saskatchewan and rural Nova Scotia, where she has resided in the past.

Tove Storch, Untitled 2017 steel rods, wire 7.2 metres high x 8.23 metres wide x 18.51 metres long. MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax (2017)

Tove Storch: Sculpture

February 25, 2017 - April 9, 2017

Tove Storch’s first solo exhibition in North America follows a three-week production residency in the Art Gallery.

How Do I Look?

February 11, 2017 - April 9, 2017

This selection of artists’ self-portraits from the Mount Saint Vincent University Collection addresses both the experience of being looked at by others, and that of returning the gaze. As a…

Walking With Our Sisters (2017)

Walking With Our Sisters

January 14, 2017 - February 1, 2017

Walking With Our Sisters is an art memorial that honours missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirited people through ceremony, community and reflection. It presents more than 1800 pairs of moccasin tops (vamps) made by contributing artists.

Nancy Edell, Halifax,NS 'Peter and Nancy as the Two-headed Dog', 1993 Various yarns, burlap, hooked 66 x 96 cm Dalhousie Art Gallery permanent collection Gift of the artist, 1999 Photo by Steve Farmer (1993)

Home Economics

September 3, 2016 - November 6, 2016

Highlighting how craft and commerce have been deeply entwined, Home Economics sheds light on two centuries of creation that embraces vernacular design and individual expression – vibrant evidence of Canada’s evolving cultural and economic landscape.

Guillaume Simoneau, Untitled 02, Lévis, Canada, 2008 (C-print, 1:6) from the Between Grass and Steel series, (2004-2011)

Kids these days

January 16, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Kids these days presents video, photography, and graphic works that draw from the fields of anthropology, psychology and sociology, to examine youth and youth cultures in the Canadian context.

Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985-2015

December 3, 2015 - February 21, 2016

Operating within the tradition of the artist/typographer/designer, Robert Tombs' practice incorporates print, photography and site-specific installation. The body of graphic work presented in this exhibition represents Tombs’ collaborations with numerous artists, writers, artist-run centres, art galleries, academic presses and printers to create books and artist-related publications.

“We are continually exposed to the flashbulb of death”: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (1953-1996)

August 29, 2015

The exhibition comprises over 100 photographs taken by the legendary Beat poet and activist Allen Ginsberg, capturing his life, loves, and artistic community, including Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neal Cassady, Peter Orlovsky and others of the Beat generation of writers, poets, and activists.

Bridget Moser: Is this thing on?

June 3, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Toronto-based performance and video artist Bridget Moser employs strategies associated with experimental theatre, performance art, modern dance, and prop comedy. Moser writes and acts out fragmented texts, combining language with everyday materials, which are used as props, and audio excerpts pulled from popular culture.

Suzanne Swannie, Considering Two Small Forms, for Maja and Marta 1995

An Intimate Distance

June 3, 2015 - August 16, 2015

An Intimate Distance presents three multi-component works: Andrea Ward’s Hairstories, Glynis Humphrey’s Gorge and Suzanne Swannie’s Considering Two Small Forms, for Maja and Marta.

Here you may see the best portrait that, later, I was able to make of him. Passages to Abstraction. Geneviève Cadieux

March 21, 2015 - May 17, 2015

This exhibition encompasses 27 years of production by Canadian artist Geneviève Cadieux, who works primarily with photography and its associated techniques.

Beautiful Illusions – Melanie Colosimo & Charley Young

January 10, 2015 - March 8, 2015

Beautiful Illusions presents works in graphic media by two young Nova Scotian artists. Colosimo’s principal practice is drawing; Young favours drawing and indexical techniques, such as casting and monoprinting.

Prospect 17: Joanna Close

December 13, 2014 - March 8, 2015

Joanna Close presents a series of hooked rugs depicting buildings from a former family farm in New Brunswick, now given over to an industrial gravel quarry. These hand-dyed wool rugs commemorate maritime farming heritage. The imprecision of the hooking technique used to create the rugs mimics the dynamism of memory.

Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art

October 9, 2014 - November 30, 2014

The participating artists in Making Otherwise merge material and conceptual approaches of craft and art; Richard Boulet (Edmonton), Ursula Johnson (Eskasoni, NS), Marc Courtemanche (L’Ange-Gardien, QC), Paul Mathieu (Vancouver), Sarah Maloney (Halifax) and Janet Morton (Guelph).

Big in Nova Scotia

August 23, 2014 - September 28, 2014

MSVU Art Gallery was built in 1971. Its two-storey height was designed for the preeminent art of that era; expansive paintings on the scale of American “field” painting, and sculpture…

Ron Shuebrook: Drawings

May 24, 2014 - August 10, 2014

This exhibition acknowledges the centrality of drawing to Ron Shuebrook’s practice. Representing over 30 years of production by the artist, Drawings has much to teach viewers about process.

Voices in Longitude and Latitude: video installation by Marnina & Noam Gonick

March 22, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Voices in Longitude and Latitude is a video installation about the aspirations of teen-aged girls in four communities— Inuit in Kugluktuk, Nunavut; trans-gender in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Jewish in Toronto, Ontario; and Congolese, Rwandan, Ethiopian and Sudanese immigrants in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Terms of Engagement: Averns, feldman-kiss, Stimson

January 18, 2014 - March 9, 2014

Terms of Engagement includes works by three “embedded” artists: Dick Averns (posted to the Middle East, 2009), nichola feldman-kiss (posted to Sudan, 2011) and Adrian Stimson (posted to Afghanistan, 2010). All of the artists work in lens-based media (photography and video) and sculpture.

Chromophilia

March 16, 2013 - May 21, 2013

In this grouping of recent acquisitions, the importance of colour is the quality shared by otherwise disparate works. “Chromophilia” means “love of colour.” The selection of works by Nova Scotian artists and artisans includes encaustic paintings by Peter Dykhuis, ceramics by Lucky Rabbit Pottery (Debra Kuzyk and Ray Mackie) and textiles by Suzanne Swannie.

Steve Higgins: Artist in Residence

March 6, 2013 - April 19, 2013

For nearly four decades, Steve Higgins’ architecturally inspired sculpture and graphic work has evoked post-industrial dystopias. As though exposing the inner contradictions of a dysfunctional society, his elaborate drawings include spatially incompatible illusions in compositions that Higgins describes as “corrupted from within.”

Activist Ink

January 12, 2013 - February 24, 2013

Emily Davidson, Dan O'Neill and Ericka Walker are three Haligonian printmakers whose work revives the history of socially engaged printmaking. Davidson has chosen the radical format of "agitprop" for her…

Prospect 16: Declan O’Dowd

December 15, 2012 - March 3, 2013

This is the sixteenth of the Prospect exhibitions, which introduce Nova Scotian artists in the early stages of their careers. Declan O’Dowd was educated as a photographer at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA, 2000) and lives in Dartmouth. His romantic landscape views were shot with a Mamiya medium format camera.

Stock: Stack, Kyle Monchuk

July 2, 2009 - September 23, 2009

Kyle Monchuk carves, slices and folds printed matter to sculpt three-dimensional cityscapes. His work serves as a metaphor for current practices in urban planning. For Stack he creates an architecturally inspired view of a contemporary cityscape.

David Dahms Impromtu Residency

May 4, 2009 - May 12, 2009

During his residency, Dahms will be working on a sculpture and drawing installation under the mezzanine in the main gallery space of MSVU Art Gallery. David Dahms attended Mount Allison University, graduating with a BA in International Relations. Recently he returned to his native Nova Scotia and completed a BFA at NSCAD University, focusing on drawing and printmaking.

The Disaster Series by Cindy Stelmackowich

April 14, 2009 - June 7, 2009

In her digital collages the Ottawa-based artist Cindy Stelmackowich merges two genres of hand-drawn graphics; the lithographs illustrating 19th-century anatomical atlases and those that enlivened 19th-century journals such as the Canadian Illustrated News. The atlases were used by surgeons, thus the internal anatomy of the cadavers is exposed.

Susan Feindel: See Below

March 7, 2009 - May 17, 2009

The Nova Scotian artist Susan Feindel is known for her adventurous, experimental approach to landscape painting and her espousal of environmental causes. This painting installation was inspired by her voyages on oceanographic research ships, during which the ocean floor is viewed from shipboard using sonar side-scan technology.

For Example (Butler, Clark Espinal, Gerken)

February 14, 2009 - April 5, 2009

For Example (Butler, Clark Espinal, Gerken) is the third instalment in a series curated by Micah Lexier specially for the MSVU Art Gallery mezzanine space. In keeping with the idea of the sample, each installation includes works by three artists in three separate, identical vitrines, highlighting the potential for individuality within a context of uniformity.

Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination

January 17, 2009 - February 22, 2009

Logotopia (from the Ancient Greek “logos”, meaning “word” and “topos”, meaning “place”) presents notable examples of library architecture, including Biblioteca Alexandria, Egypt (Snøhetta Architects); the Grande Bibliotheque, Montreal (Patkau Architects); the Hespeler Library, Cambridge (Alar Kongats Architects); and Library of a Poet, Japan (Shigeru Ban Architects).

Jason W.F. Fitzpatrick: Bite and Burn, encore

January 10, 2009 - February 8, 2009

Bite and Burn, encore sums up the three-part project, Bite and Burn, which took place as follows: Central (Open Studio, Toronto, 2006); Pacific (Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, 2006); and Atlantic (STRUTS Gallery, Sackville, NB, 2007).

Annual Mount Community Show 2008

November 27, 2008 - December 14, 2008

Mount Saint Vincent students, staff, faculty and alumnae are invited to enter examples of their creative work in the annual extravaganza.

Prospect 13: The Encounter by Suzanne Caines

October 25, 2008 - December 14, 2008

This is the 13th of the Prospect exhibitions, which feature artists in the emergent stages of their careers. Suzanne Caines, a NSCAD graduate, returned to Halifax after receiving her MFA from Chelsea College, London.

Danish Modern: Suzanne Swannie Textil

October 18, 2008 - November 23, 2008

Suzanne Swannie is a Halifax-based designer and weaver who creates functional textiles, tapestries and large architectural installations for private and public environments.

ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land

August 25, 2008 - October 5, 2008

In this exhibition the following artists present their responses to forms of Canadian identity, nationhood and nationalism: KC Adams, Fastwurms, Cynthia Girard, Dana Inkster, Alisdair MacRae, Shirley Moorhouse and Eric Robertson.

Donigan Cumming: Ex Votos

June 21, 2008 - August 10, 2008

The internationally renowned, Montreal-based artist Donigan Cumming is known for his staged portraits of the aging, ill and socially assisted poor, in the form of photographs, videos and photographic collages.

Kyla Mallett: Marginalia

June 8, 2008 - August 10, 2008

Vancouver-based artist Kyla Mallett borrows from the systematized aesthetics of 1960s conceptual art and applies pseudo-sociological sampling and archiving to reveal networks of communication within various social milieus.

Kelly Mark: Stupid Heaven

April 5, 2008 - June 1, 2008

An interest in everyday moments and time-filling activity is mixed in Mark’s work with deadpan humour and self-deprecatory purpose.

Chemistry

March 29, 2008 - May 25, 2008

Local artists Dan O’Neill and George Steeves recently made substantial donations to the University Collection. To showcase the new acquisitions while exploring affinities between the respective bodies of work, Chemistry presents fine photographic prints by Steeves, hand-pulled lithographs by O’Neill, and figurative sculpture lent by the Newfoundland ceramicist Reed Weir.

For Example (Andrews, Goldman, Koenig)

January 15, 2008 - March 23, 2008

In the second instalment of the For Example series, single works by three artists reveal stages of their respective production processes. Inspired by the idea of “The Thing Before The Thing”, the exhibition consists of preliminary drawings, animation cells, and contact sheets.

Art Metropole: The Top 100 Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

January 12, 2008 - March 22, 2008

Art Metropole began in the 1970s as an informal agency of Torontonian and NSCAD-affiliated artists. It evolved into a unique Toronto artist-run centre, collecting and distributing alternative artworks that bypassed the art market with accessibly-priced artists’ “multiples” such as audio recordings, videos, bookworks and postcards.

Prospect 11: Doug Taylor

December 15, 2006 - February 18, 2007

Born in Sydney and now living in Halifax, CKDU broadcaster Doug Taylor attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as a mature student, graduating in 1992. His source images are photographs of recreations such as country fairs, demolition derbies and Khyber Club performances

Annual Mount Community Show 2006

November 30, 2006 - December 17, 2006

Mount Saint Vincent University students, staff, faculty and alumnae are invited to enter examples of their creative work in the annual extravaganza.

Connect the Dots

November 29, 2006 - December 10, 2006

Connect the Dots brings together Mark’s mixed-media art with that of two other artists—Gerald Ferguson and Shaun Gough—whose careers intersect with hers

Pulse: Film & Painting After the Image

October 14, 2006 - November 26, 2006

Pulse brings experimental film into dialogue with contemporary abstract painting by presenting the two art forms adjacent to one another in the same gallery space.

Micah Lexier: To Be Sorted

August 5, 2006 - October 2, 2006

To Be Sorted includes three vitrine displays of objects from the collection of Micah Lexier, with each display accompanied by one of the artist’s works.

Roots & Shoots

July 15, 2006 - October 1, 2006

This exhibition draws out tendencies that circulate among the artists of Halifax Regional Municipality and its environs, suggesting patterns of artistic affiliation as well as rifts.

Nancy Nisbet: Exchange 2006

June 19, 2006 - June 22, 2006

Canadian artist Nancy Nisbet will be parking her 18-wheeler on the MSVU campus, within view of Bedford Highway, from June 19 to 22 as part of her Exchange 2006 tour, a freewheeling, free trade-resistant, frequency-jamming trek around the continent.

Through Alberta Eyes – The Photographs of Orest Semchishen

May 25, 2006 - July 30, 2006

Orest Semchishen was born in Mundare, Alberta, the grandson of Ukranian immigrants. As a retired radiologist, he photographed disappearing Albertan localities such as Pendryl, Entrance and Plamondon.

Wall Painting by Stephen Fisher

May 17, 2006 - May 20, 2006

In dialogue with landscape painting traditions and the current mediascape, Fisher appropriates place-related data, such as geological diagrams and weather maps, into vibrant, layered compositions.

Libby Hague and Yael Brotman – Open Images, Open Text

May 13, 2006 - July 2, 2006

A chandelier motif, layered colour and an affinity for Japanese graphics–such as woodblock prints, manga (comics) and anime–link the works of Toronto-based artists Yael Brotman and Libby Hague.

Paperworks

April 8, 2006 - July 30, 2006

In 2004, Eye Level Gallery commissioned Paperwork30– a limited edition of 25 boxed sets, each containing one original work by each of 20 Halifax-affiliated artists—to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. MSVU acquired one set for its permanent collection.

Glynis Humphrey: Breathing Under Water

March 21, 2006 - April 30, 2006

Breathing Under Water is a multi-media installation by the Haligonian artist Glynis Humphrey. It provides an array of acoustic, tactile and visual stimuli, but contains no verbal components.

Michael Fernandes: Room of Fears and Fixing Room

March 18, 2006 - May 14, 2006

Room of Fears is an installation consisting of one-sentence expressions of fear submitted by members of the public via e-mail and through “comments” boxes. In an adjacent space, Fixing Room displays items submitted to the gallery in response to an open call, for “things you never got round to fixing, things that are broken.” distributed around Halifax.

Alice Egan Hagen (1872-1972), Nova Scotian China Painter – Window Box Series

January 15, 2006 - January 31, 2006

This exhibition presents china wares painted by Alice Egan Hagen around the turn of the nineteenth century. Most of the items have been selected from the large collection she donated to the University in 1966.

Sarindar Dhaliwal: Record Keeping

January 14, 2006 - March 4, 2006

Born in the Punjab and raised in England, Sarindar Dhaliwal now lives in Toronto. In Record Keeping, a jewel-hued archive of paintings and installations embedded with journal entries, folk tales, gossip and news, the artist draws upon a personal history of movement from her birthplace in India, to Britain and then to Canada.

Annual MSVU Community Show 2004

November 25, 2004 - December 12, 2004

From quilts to baking and from photographs to embroidery: practically anything made by Mount Saint Vincent students, staff, faculty and alumnae is eligible for entry in the annual creative extravaganza.

Shifting Ground: Woven Works by Suzanne Swannie

October 23, 2004 - December 12, 2004

For several years the Haligonian textile artist Suzanne Swannie has been weaving functional floor coverings for private and public environments.

Godless at the Workbench

October 14, 2004 - November 21, 2004

Canadian art historian Annie Gérin selected the Soviet journals, posters, photographs and film (1918-1939) from the holdings of the British collector David King. The exhibition offers a gripping study of tensions between religion and the modern state as played out in state-controlled mass media.

Tracking: Bombings, Wars & Genocide – a Six Months Journey from New York to China, Vietnam, Cambodia & Indonesia–by Denyse Thomasos

August 28, 2004 - October 3, 2004

After the 9-11 bombing, artist Denyse Thomasos travelled to photograph jails and burial sites in Asian countries. Those photographs are the source images for this spectacular floor-to-ceiling composition painted directly on the gallery walls.

Elspeth Pratt: Hang-ups

August 7, 2004 - October 17, 2004

Elspeth Pratt is known for her inventive use of building supplies and her interest in leisure as it correlates with the built environment.

Frances Dorsey: Rice Paddies / Vîet Nam

August 4, 2004 - August 8, 2004

Rice Paddies / Vîet Nam is a textile work-in-progress by Frances Dorsey. It is being exhibited at MSVU Art Gallery as part of the "impromptu" series.

Peter Walker: Last Supper Dance

June 12, 2004 - June 27, 2004

Nova Scotian artist Peter Walker is known for his mastery of trompe-l’oeil (fool-the-eye) illusionism and his skill with airbrush and stencil.

too small too big

May 29, 2004 - June 27, 2004

This exhibition is composed of works on paper by Canadian artists who make strategic use of textured media such as makeup, paper collage, electrical tape, and human hair.

The Found and Familiar – Snapshots in Contemporary Canadian Art

April 10, 2004 - June 5, 2004

In the midst of a technological revolution, this exhibition acknowledges the power of the snapshot as well as its materiality, and marks a shift in our relationship to this most personal of objects.

Work Work Work

March 27, 2004 - May 23, 2004

Taken from the university collection, these works, which use materials such as plywood, acoustic tile, a tea towel and pantry equipment, invite comparison with hobby craft, housework, and puttering.

Above Ground: Mining Stories

March 6, 2004 - April 4, 2004

Art-and-industry historian Rosemary Donegan presents life on Canada’s industrialized frontiers by means of community-based commercial photography.

Elizabeth MacKenzie: Reunion

January 17, 2004 - March 21, 2004

This work is an ongoing series of hundreds of powdered graphite drawings on translucent vellum.

Lecture Notes

January 14, 2004 - February 29, 2004

With works in various media by Michael Fernandes, Rainer Ganahl, Mike Hein, Suzy Lake, John Marriott, Lani Maestro and Adrian Piper, this exhibition has plenty to say about the giving and receiving of lectures.

Hair in Hand

October 30, 2003 - December 14, 2003

The works in this exhibition frame women’s bodily experiences in the context of handwork and hair–where hair appears both as an artist’s material and as the physical trace of its owner.

Beyond Words

October 28, 2003 - November 23, 2003

The art in this exhibition encourages viewers to think of language as something more than a transparent medium of communication.

Illuminations: Homemade

October 22, 2003 - November 30, 2003

Haligonian Tonia Di Risio has been invited to contribute a Duratrans image derived from her existing series, Homemade.

Mean Feet (Window Box)

September 10, 2003 - October 26, 2003

The logic of the commodity is fetishist. The logic of shoe collecting is — what logic? Do you have fetish footwear buried deep in your closet? It is time to bring out your shoes.

General Idea Editions

August 30, 2003 - October 12, 2003

MSVU Art Gallery was the sole Atlantic Canadian venue on the North American tour of this long-awaited exhibition.

Placing Spaces, Spacing Places – Canadian Experimental Films & Videos since 1990

July 17, 2003 - July 31, 2003

For this sequel of Changing Times, the video and experimental film series presented by MSVU Art Gallery in 2002, recent works by Kika Thorne, Paulette Phillips, Michael Snow, Manon Labreque, Nelson Henricks and other Canadian artists have been selected for their relevance to the politics and poetics of location.

Blind Stairs

March 15, 2003 - May 4, 2003

Including works dating from the early 1980s to the present, each artist in this exhibition incorporates traces of other persons (who may or may not be artists) in her production, thereby avoiding the tendency of solo retrospectives to separate artistic authorship from historical context.

Like a Candle (Window Box)

February 8, 2003 - April 27, 2003

This exhibition features an edition of wax figures (with wicks) of Princess Diana, fabricated by Halifax artist Catherine Jones.

Optical Illusions

January 25, 2003 - March 8, 2003

Assembled by Curatorial Assistant Renato Vitic, the art in this exhibition points to the instability of memory by associating it with the optical illusion.

Shui-Buo Wang – Sunrise Over Tianamen Square

January 11, 2003 - March 2, 2003

In June 1989, people around the world watched in horror as news footage showed Chinese government troops opening fire on demonstrators in Beijing's Tianamen Square. Shui-Bo Wang was 28 when he took part in those protests.

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