Glenbow Museum offers a range of special exhibitions each year welcoming the best of international travelling exhibitions as well as drawing from its extensive collections.
Bryan Adams Exposed
February 23 – May 4, 2014
Exposed features photographs from two distinct areas of Adams' photographic practice. The first features portraits of his friends and colleagues in the entertainment, fashion and art industries, including Morrissey, Ben Kingsley, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Louise Bourgeois and Judi Dench to name a few. The portraits in this series reveal unknown facets of his famous subjects and the depth of Adams' own photographic abilities.
The second group of images featured in Exposed is portraits of young British soldiers who have suffered life-changing injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan or during training. In these images, the lens bears witness to the soldiers' scars, disability and disfigurement with unexpected directness, while revealing the grit and bravery of these soldiers who, despite personal sacrifice, live each day with continued vim, vigour and dignity.
Adams has exhibited his work across Europe and North America and has had three books of his works published: Wounded: The Legacy of War, Exposed and American Women.
Made in Calgary: The 1990s
February 8 - May 4, 2014
Guest curator Nancy Tousley brings the twentieth century to a close in the fourth installment of Glenbow's five-part Made in Calgary series. Tousley was the Calgary Herald's Senior Art Writer from 1978-2010 and the Critic in Residence at the Alberta College of Art and Design from 2010-12. An independent curator as well, Tousley's most recent major exhibition before Made in Calgary was The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Alberta Gallery of Art in Edmonton.The Made in Calgary exhibition series explores the character of Calgary's artistic community from 1960-2010. Each exhibition reflects the contributions of individual artists in the context of the social and cultural factors that influenced their work.
Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket
February 8 - May 4, 2014
One of pop culture's hottest symbols, the black leather jacket reads as cultural shorthand for cool. The exhibition, Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket, showcases the history of the black leather jacket for the first time. Visitors will discover the different facets that have led to the iconic garment becoming a main staple in popular culture.
Jackets on display will range from historic garments and haute couture to those worn by superstars past and present. Movie memorabilia, advertising, original art and vintage motorcycles - including Elvis Presley's 1956 K Model Harley-Davidson - provide a historical context in which to consider the rebel's most defining piece of apparel.
Highlights include early 1930s-1940s jackets from the Harley-Davidson Museum® archives; Second World War-era painted military flight jackets; mid-century jackets from Schott Perfecto; personalized punk jackets from the 1970s-1980s; the leather jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2; and leather jackets designed by legendary haute couture designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Versace.