2015-2016 Exhibitions

In addition to our permanent art and artifact displays, Glenbow maintains an active exhibition program throughout the year. Exhibitions are often drawn from our collections. We also host travelling exhibitions from museums and art galleries around the world.

Glenbow At 50:
A pop-up exhibition of 50 extraordinary works of art

October 1 - 5, 2016

Come one, come all! Witness, for a brief moment in time: the important, the impressive, the unexpected. great works selected from a deep dive into Glenbow's vast and diverse collection of art. For 50 cents admission, for five days only, we invite Calgarians to explore a special exhibition of 50 artworks - selected from over 30,000 items - that represent the scope and scale of Glenbow's art collection.

Glenbow At 50

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

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.

Edward S. Curtis

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.

JUNO Tour of Canadian Art

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: 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

Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff
to the Group of Seven

February 20 - May 29, 2016
Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator, Historical

From artists such as Paul Kane and Cornelius Krieghoff exploring the winter wonderland of 19th century Quebec to the Group of Seven capturing the majesty of the wild places across Canada, this exhibition shows how the history of Canadian landscape painting has informed our collective imagination and influenced how we envision and understand this country.

Embracing Canada

One New Work Walter May: Object Lessons

February 27 - May 29, 2016
Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Nancy Tousley

One New Work is a series of three small focused exhibitions, curated by Nancy Tousley and mounted at Glenbow Museum throughout 2016. Each exhibition will feature a new work by an artist shown in the company of other works or objects selected to set it within a context. The aim is to illuminate aspects of the artist's practice by emphasizing them.

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Recent Acquisitions 2015

March 5 - May 22, 2016
Organized by Glenbow

For almost 50 years, Glenbow has collected art and objects that represent the culture and history of our region and beyond. Every donation or gift that we accept, or item that we purchase, is acquired with the intention that it should be used to learn, understand and inspire. This exhibition is an opportunity to share some of the special items that Glenbow collected in 2015.

Recent Acquisitions 2015

Recent Acquisitions 2014

October 24, 2015 - February 7, 2016
Organized by Glenbow

For almost 50 years, Glenbow has collected art and objects that represent important facets of the culture and history of our region and beyond. Continuing to expand the collection ensures that it evolves and remains relevant. With our new focus as an art museum, we continue to place importance on acquisitions to the art collection, as well as to acquiring objects emphasizing design, craftsmanship, creativity and the art of making.

Recent Acquisitions 2014

David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions

October 17, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Organized and circulated by the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina

In David Thauberger’s vision, the vernacular architecture of the prairies bursts with pop art iridescence. Familiar buildings like legion halls, grain elevators, diners and small town bungalows are flattened into postcard-like pictures that glow with neon colours and hyper-real skies. Thauberger’s buildings are emblems of prairie social and community life and suggest connection and transformation in an often inhospitable prairie environment.

David Thauberger

Cabinets of Curiosity

February 28, 2015 - January 17, 2016

Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne’s "wonder room" fuses the fanciful and the factual, the real and the imagined. Children and adults alike are encouraged to explore this curious collection and get hands-on with the interactive exhibition.

Cabinets of Curiosity

130 9th Ave S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 0P3

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm


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