Paraskeva Clark, Maintenance Jobs in the Hangar 1945, oil on canvas, 81.5 x 101.9 cm, CWM 19710261-5678 Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War Museum
In the Beginning, 1942
Behind the Lines: Canada’s Home Front During the First and Second World Wars
Curated by Catherine Elliot Shaw
March 23 to June 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 P.M.
McIntosh Gallery opened 75 years ago during the Second World War, the result of a bequest from Wilhelmina Morris McIntosh. Our inaugural exhibition in the summer of ‘42 was, understandably, of First World War art. In the Beginning, 1942 reunites for the first time the paintings that comprised that original exhibition, including works by A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Maurice Galbraith Cullen and John William Beatty.
Expanding on the art-of-war theme from our institutional history, McIntosh presented two related exhibitions previously this year in celebration of the McIntosh’s 75th anniversary and Canada 150: 2017 Governor General’s award-winning artist Shelley Niro’s Battlefields of my Ancestors and Cold Front, which looked at the ways in which London, Ontario artists responded to the Cold War.
The final exhibition in the series, Behind the Lines: Canada’s Home Front During the First and Second World Wars, tells the stories of Canadians who contributed to the war effort and how changing roles, especially for women, radically altered society. A forthcoming 300-page publication with essays by an array of historians will examine the discursive histories that emerge from this exhibition. Topics include Indigenous contributions to the war effort, Japanese internment camps, manufacturing, farming, and magazines during the war. Featuring images and research from the exhibitions and other sources, the book will be launched in November 2017 prior to Remembrance Day.
Related Programs (free admission, everyone welcome)
2017 McIntosh Gallery Distinguished Lecture:
General (ret’d) John de Chastelain: Home Front Canada, Looking Back and to the Future, Sunday, April 2nd at 2 P.M., BMO Auditorium, Ivey Business School, Western University
Former Chief of the Defence Staff John de Chastelain was appointed Canada’s 17th Ambassador to the United States. He was Chairman of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, which was responsible for ensuring the decommissioning of arms by paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland.
Catherine Elliot Shaw will give a curator-led tour of In the beginning, 1942 and Behind the Lines: Canada’s Home Front During the First and Second World Wars
Wednesday, April 5, at 12:30 P.M.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial contribution of Western’s Canada 150 Committee, which has made these exhibitions and related programs possible. For more information contact Mitra Shreeram, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, 519.661.2111 ext. 87576
London, Ontario N6A 3K7