Drop by the Pavilion at Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) for a rotating series of exhibitions curated by the WAG. Art is drawn primarily from the APC collection, as well as from the WAG collection. Entry to the galleries is free! #wagatthepark
Winter hours (October 15, 2019 - March 14, 2020): Daily 9am-4pm
The following exhibits are currently on view:
John P. Crabb Gallery • The Pavilion, 2nd floor
The Human Trace: WJ Phillips' View of Nature
Until Fall 2019 • Curated by Andrew Kear
Drawing entirely from the Pavilion’s permanent collection, The Human Trace considers the way W.J. Phillips’ art set human and natural elements in careful balance at a time when many Canadian artists in the early twentieth century were embracing the unpeopled wilderness landscape.
Opening December 21, 2019
The Natural Element: Art Nouveau in the Work of W.J. Phillips
Until Fall 2020 • Curated by Nicole Fletcher
Walter J. Phillips was born into a ministerial family in Lincolnshire, England. From an early age he showed a talent for drawing. While attending school in Birmingham, Phillips frequently visited the art gallery where he was introduced to some of the most prominent artists and movements of the day. Art Nouveau, one of the most popular European movements of the period, was highly influential to Phillips's work.
Although it had no unifying style, Art Nouveau infused every major art form, characterized by the use of shapes and patterns from nature. Phillips himself was never part of an organized artist group or movement but did incorporate elements of popular styles into his work. For Phillips, Art Nouveau’s influence is most noticeable through his stylized, curved forms and soft, naturalistic colour palette.
This exhibition brings together Art Nouveau decorative arts from the WAG’s permanent collection along with Phillips’ prints and paintings from the APC’s collections to show Phillips’ incorporation of the movement into his work in a uniquely Canadian way.
Ivan Eyre Gallery • The Pavilion, 3rd floor
Opening December 21, 2019
Eyre in Comparison: Personal Experience and the Universal Subject
Until Fall 2020 • Curated by Audrey Bews
The Manitoba artist Ivan Eyre has concentrated on objectively exploring universal themes throughout his career. Eyre has emphasized that his work requires viewers to subjectively construct meaning through their own personal experience. Eyre in Comparison: Personal Experience and the Universal Subject focuses on themes related to the gendered and sexual nature of humans and questions whether these themes can be depicted objectively through the male gaze. The exhibition attempts to expose Eyre’s own positionality, as part of a long historic precedent of male domination in the art sphere, through displaying his work alongside the work of five Canadian female artists. The juxtaposition of Eyre with female artists who are critically attuned to the gendered representations of women in art, will reveal the influence of Eyre’s own personal experience on his approach to topics of universal significance. Through the inclusion of female self-representation, the gendered experience with themes such as femininity, beauty, sexuality, the female nude, space, violence, and freedom will be highlighted.
Pooh Gallery • The Pavilion, 3rd floor
“The Best Bear in All the World”: The Many Sides of Winnie-the-Pooh
This exhibition brings together object, archives, and works of art drawn from the collection of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Colebourn Family Archive, and the Archive of Modern Conflict to sift through the elements of fact, fiction, and fantasy that together comprise the multilayered identity of Winnie-the-Pooh.