Metamorphosis: Contemporary Canadian Portraits

Opens March 7, 2020

Organized by Glenbow and Library and Archives Canada
Curated by Sarah Todd and Madeleine Trudeau

Commemoration, mortality, renewal. These are some of the themes explored in Metamorphosis: Contemporary Canadian Portraits, the latest exhibition collaboration between Glenbow and Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

The exhibition includes works by 14 important artists, in a variety of media, drawn from LAC and Glenbow collections. In every case, artists were inspired by the idea of transformation or change. For some, this involves moving beyond the traditional ideal of likeness in portraiture. Other artists explore alternative media or unexpected subjects. For yet others, the concept is fundamental—an essential part of a traditional world view.

Striking, evocative and powerfully expressed, each of these portraits is transformative on a variety of levels, as much for the viewer as for the artist creator. “These portraits belong to all Canadians and it’s very important that they be accessible to all of us, in all parts of our country,” says Madeleine Trudeau, exhibition co-curator and Acting Manager of Curatorial Services at Library and Archives Canada. “That’s why this opportunity to present a selection of Library and Archives Canada portraits at Glenbow has been so important.


Artists represented in the exhibition are: Sara Angelucci, Leo Arcand, Susan Benson, Lucie Chan, Sorel Cohen, Andrew Danson, Evergon, Rosalie Favell, Spring Hurlbut, Toni Latour, Arnaud Maggs, David Neel, Mike Robinson and Harold Town.

Rosalie Favell, Navigating by Our Grandmothers, 2000, Library and Archives Canada
David Neel, Kwagiutl family portrait, 1991, Library and Archives Canada
Spring Hurlbut, James #2, 2005, Library and Archives Canada

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