Art Gallery of Guelph Summer 2019 Exhibitions

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7 – 9 pm
All welcome; free admission

Please join us on Thursday, May 23 at 7 pm, for the launch of two exhibitions that speak to the vital role of art and civic engagement in social and environmental justice. Artists and curators in attendance. The Art Gallery of Guelph is grateful for the support of the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada.

The Drive

May 23 – August 25, 2019

Anchored by the Art Gallery of Guelph’s major Tom Thomson canvas of the same title, The Drive highlights the complexity of landscape representation, particularly as it relates to resource development. Among his most significant works, the painting captures the intensity of the logging industry in Algonquin Park, a frequent subject for the artist. Complementing such images of Thomson and the Group of Seven with the work of contemporary Indigenous and Canadian artists including Sonny Assu, Bob Boyer, Edward Burtynsky, Bonnie Devine, Robert Houle, Sarah Anne Johnson, Daphne Odjig, Don Russell, Frank Shebageget, Peter von Tiesenhausen, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, the exhibition documents changing relationships to the land through creative interventions that advance ecological sustainability and environmental justice.

Curated by Shauna McCabe and Brian Meehan, this circulating exhibition is presented with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, as well as the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. The Drive is organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph in conjunction with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Museum London, and Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Jagdeep Raina: Chase

May 23 – August 18, 2019

Featuring the work of Jagdeep Raina, Chase explores the interplay of memory and migration, and how both are mapped onto everyday landscapes. Raised and currently based in Guelph, Jagdeep Raina shares stories of the Sikh diaspora, drawing upon personal archives and those of his family who were among the first migration to southern Ontario, as well as wider pioneering Kashmiri and Punjabi Sikh diasporic communities. Rendering these narratives as works on paper and as woven tapestries, Raina evokes textured geographies of longing and belonging that emerge in the quest to establish home in terrain that is unsettlingly remote. Within the context of polarized public discourses on migration that dominate globally, Chase speaks to the possibility of social justice based on collective histories of transformation.

Curated by Shauna McCabe and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Images: Tom Thomson, The Drive (detail), 1916-17, oil on canvas. Purchased by the Ontario Agricultural College with funds raised by students, faculty and staff, 1926, University of Guelph Collection at the Art Gallery of Guelph; Jagdeep Raina, Friday Nights (detail), 2015, mixed media on paper. Collection of the artist

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