Edward S. Curtis Qahatika Girl 1907

Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks

June 18 - September 18, 2016

Organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography
Curated by Christoper Cardozo and Todd Brandow

Over one hundred years ago, Edward Curtis (born in 1868) set out on a monumental quest to make an unprecedented, comprehensive record of the North American First Nations. Curtis' core mission was to safeguard and preserve their 'sacred legacy' for future generations by creating a permanent record of their lives in photographs, film, sound, and text. Today this work stands as a landmark in the history of photography, book publishing, ethnography, and the history of the American West.

One Hundred Masterworks is an extraordinary selection of Curtis' photographs, which highlights both iconic and previously little-known images. The collection from which this exhibition is drawn comprises over 3,000 vintage Curtis photographs and related objects.

Edward S. Curtis, Qahatika Girl, 1907, Photogravure.

Edward S. Curtis

George Littlechild

First Person: Contemporary Indigenous Portraiture

June 18 - September 25, 2016

Organized by Glenbow; curated by Sarah Todd

First Person: Contemporary Indigenous Portraiture features work by contemporary indigenous artists from across Canada who use portraiture as a powerful gesture of both self-expression and self-determination. From manipulating historical photographs and film footage to documentary-style image making, these works provide a range of perspectives on the representation of indigenous people historically and in our present moment. Featuring works by KC Adams, Carl Beam, Michelle Latimer, George Littlechild, Kimowan Metchewais, Kent Monkman, Jane Ash Poitras, Skeena Reece and Jeff Thomas.

George Littlechild, Cross Cultural Examination #2, 2007, Collection of Glenbow.

First Person

Graphic Illustration of a tattoo

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

June 18 - Spring 2017

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.

Power in Pictures

Outfit for the Afterlife

One New Work
Pamela Norrish: Magical Thinking

June 25 - September 5, 2016

Organized by Glenbow; curated by Nancy Tousley

The second of three exhibitions in the One New Work series, Pamela Norrish: Magical Thinking is centered on an extraordinary sculpture, Outfit for the Afterlife. At first glance it appears to be a simple T-shirt and pair of jeans, but they are constructed entirely of half-a-million tiny glass beads that have been hand-woven and hand-stitched to create two shining garments. Norrish's inspiration for this outfit arose from her study of the history of beadwork and the experience of a personal loss. The One New Work series features a new work by an artist placed in a context by other works or objects. Outfit for the Afterlife will be accompanied by a selection of items that address the human condition of mortality in different ways.

Pamela Norrish, Outfit for the Afterlife (detail), 2015.

Pamela Norrish: Magical Thinking


Kaleidoscopic Animalia:
An exhibition designed and curated by Paul Hardy

October 17, 2015 - September 5, 2016

Organized by Glenbow

Glenbow is pleased to announce acclaimed fashion designer Paul Hardy as the museum's 2015 Artist-in-Residence. Inspired by Glenbow's vast collection, Hardy`s curatorial debut is an exhibition examining how animal imagery and symbolism have influenced human creativity across time and cultures.

Kaleidoscopic Animalia


JUNO Tour of Canadian Art

March 19 - September 13, 2016

Join Glenbow in celebrating the 2016 JUNO Awards and Calgary's "Year of Music." The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art project pairs great Canadian music with great Canadian art! Past JUNO Award winners and nominees visited Glenbow and selected a work of art from our collection that resonated with them personally or artistically. Viewers can see the musicians discuss their selections in videos presented next to each artwork.

Christopher Pratt Window with a Blind, 1970, Collection of Glenbow.

JUNO Tour of Canadian Art

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