Current Exhibitions

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Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks

June 18 - September 18, 2016

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.

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First Person: Contemporary Indigenous Portraiture

June 18 - September 18, 2016

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.

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

June 18 - September 18, 2016

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.

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Kaleidoscopic Animalia: An exhibition designed and curated by Paul Hardy

Closes September 5, 2016

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.

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Upcoming Events

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

Friday, June 24. 5pm. Admission: Free
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.

Welcome to Kanata:
Animated works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit Artists

Saturday, June 25. 2pm. General $10 / Glenbow Members $8
Glenbow is pleased to present The Ottawa International Animation Festival's Welcome to Kanata, a selection of ten short contemporary animated films by Canadian Aboriginal filmmakers, curated by award-winning filmmaker and Director of the National Indigenous Arts Coalition, Ariel Smith. The program includes recent work by Bear Witness (multimedia artist and member of the electronic music group A Tribe Called Red) and Genie Award-nominated Diane Obomsawin.

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