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Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries

October 7, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Organized by The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Curated by Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens

From mountains to states of mind, Lawren Harris aimed to always go higher. After his soaring depictions of mountains and icebergs made him famous and became quintessential Canadiana, the iconic landscape painter and member of the Group of Seven turned to abstraction, seeking to find or create "the spiritual in art." Lawren Harris and his contemporaries were seeking a view into the infinite and the sublime - their artwork was on a cosmic scale. This exhibition also features an important presentation of Harris' American counterparts, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Raymond Jonson, and Marsden Hartley. Over 60 works of art make up this exhibition that shows another side of one of Canada's greatest artists.

The Black Gold Tapestry

October 7, 2017 - May 21, 2018

By Sandra Sawatzky
Organized by Glenbow

Nine-years in the making, Sandra Sawatzky's 220-foot hand-embroidered The Black Gold Tapestry tells the story of how oil has impacted human civilizations around the world, from bitumen bubbling up in the waterways and marshes of Iraq 5,000 years ago to the enormous influence of oil on the global economy today. Examining how oil and natural gas have fueled human ingenuity, progress, warfare, disaster, prosperity and commerce across the globe, The Black Gold Tapestry highlights fascinating vignettes from the past and the present that will surprise and even delight viewers of this truly epic project.

Eye of the Needle

October 7, 2017 - May 13, 2018

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette

This exhibition explores how the humble needle and thread, the shiny bead and sequin, the porcupine quill and tuft of moose hair have been used in the hands of skilled creators to create objects of incredible beauty. Many of these intricate works of art, craft and fashion are found in Glenbow's historical textile and fashion collection.Others are by Canadian contemporary artists. This juxtaposition provides rich examples of both tradition and innovation in needlework, beading and embroidery.

Jennifer Wanner: Second Nature

October 7, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Organized by Glenbow

In this exhibition of exquisitely and painstakingly created collages and a stop-motion animation, senior Calgary artist Jennifer Wanner upends traditional scientific botanical art by splicing images of endangered Canadian plant species together to create new hybrid plants - one to represent each province and territory in Canada. Wanner's work prompts us to consider both the looming eradication of species in nature and the implications of genetic engineering, suggesting that both are the result of the western fascination with mastery over nature.

One New Work
DaveandJenn: The Wellspring

October 7, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Nancy Tousley

DaveandJenn: The Wellspring is the fourth exhibition in the One New Work exhibition series curated by Nancy Tousley. Calgary artists DaveandJenn have become known for their colourful, layered works in paint and resin, as well as their fantastical sculptures. Here, in their first installation work, the artists have created an immersive environment that transforms the gallery into an undersea grotto populated by an enigmatic presence. This resonant 21st-century artwork addresses the origins of life in the universe, cycles of life and death, the workings of complex systems such as coral reefs and human bodies and the interconnectedness of all living things.

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Power in Pictures: The Outside Circle and the Impact of the Graphic Novel

Organized by Glenbow; curated by Joanne Schmidt

The Power in Pictures exhibition is the culmination of a series of workshops hosted at Glenbow that connected young people from USAY (Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth) with artist Kelly Mellings, illustrator of the graphic novel The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson. Participants were encouraged to tap into their own creativity to create comics and masks that drew on their own experiences to tell a story. A shared and collaborative space, the gallery features the art created by the USAY participants hung alongside that of the artist who taught them, creating a space where complex feelings and experiences are explored through art.

Lawren S. Harris, Sun and Earth, ca. 1939, Collection of Jeffrey C. and Suzanne C. Walker, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY, © Family of Lawren S. Harris
Sandra Sawatzky, The Black Gold Tapestry (panel 3 detail), 2017, Courtesy of the artist
Artists Unknown, Dene porcupine quillwork belts, early 20th century, Collection of Glenbow Museum
Jennifer Wanner, Periculum - Alberta (Permutation #2), 2017, Courtesy of the artist
DaveandJenn, The Wellspring (detail), 2017, Collection of the artists, Courtesy of Trepanier Baer Gallery

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