Art Gallery of Guelph Summer 2020 Exhibitions


The Art Gallery of Guelph is pleased to reopen to the public with social distancing and additional health precautions in place. We are committed to welcoming you back to the gallery under the safest possible conditions. Open 12 – 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, please consult our COVID-19 protocols before your visit. The gallery is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage.

Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth
Christi Belcourt – A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch
July 7 – October 15, 2020

Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth brings together over 30 works by Métis artist Christi Belcourt that highlight her creative achievements over 25 years, particularly her explorations of land, water, and medicinal plants that continue to inform her more recent paintings inspired by Indigenous and Métis beadwork. Encouraging viewers to contemplate their relationship to the environment, Belcourt’s advocacy is reinforced in her community-based work with Isaac Murdoch and their use of art to empower protests and actions internationally in support of water and land protection. read more >

Curated by Nadia Kurd, this national touring exhibition is co-produced by Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Carleton University Art Gallery and presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of Canadian Heritage.


Caroline Mousseau: That Nagging Feeling
July 7 – September 4, 2020

In That Nagging Feeling, Caroline Mousseau explores the effects of slowness and repetitive effort to draw attention to the gendered history of painting. Constructed through exhaustive processes of labour, what appear to be casually sketched forms are produced through successive small, singular marks and the slow accumulation of layers to reveal lingering afterimages – each with its own internal physics. Evoking a weight that is almost gravitational, Mousseau’s paintings actively engage and recalibrate modernist tropes, proposing a feminist approach to abstraction based in the crafting of gestures. read more >

This exhibition represents the culmination of two years of artistic and critical development as part of the University of Guelph’s Master of Fine Arts program.

New Art Now: Recent Acquisitions
July 7 – August 30, 2020

New Art Now features a selection of works acquired in the past five years, drawing from two online exhibitions created during the Art Gallery of Guelph’s closure. As most institutions only display 10 percent of their permanent collections, the installation offers a glimpse of the scope of the AGG’s collecting activities as well as a sampling of the compelling work that is being produced by Canadian artists. Spanning painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture, the exhibition includes the work of Don Bonham, Katherine Boyer, Shary Boyle, William Eakin, Monika Hauck, April Hickox, Mark Igloliorte, Stephen Lack, Laura Millard, Meagan Musseau, Catherine Widgery, Nico Williams, Akira Yoshikawa, and Robert Youds. read more >

New Art Now: Recent Acquisitions is organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph and curated by Sally Frater, Curator of Contemporary Art.

Pattern and Form: Marjorie Agluvak, Irene Avaalaaqiaq, Mary Tookanachiak, and Marion Tuu’luq
July 7 – August 30, 2020

Drawing on the permanent collection, Pattern and Form highlights wall hangings created by textile artists Marjorie Agluvak, Irene Avaalaaqiaq, Mary Tookanachiak, and Marion Tuu’luq. Showcasing the stylistic turns that mark their respective practices, the installation underscores the artists’ shared engagement with medium, myth, and the natural world in ways that blur the boundaries between the real and imagined. read more >

Pattern and Form is organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph and curated by Sally Frater, Curator of Contemporary Art.


Online Exhibition > Foundations | Curator, Nancy Campbell

Curated by Nancy Campbell, Foundations is the first online exhibition in a new series that engages guest curators with our collections. Campbell’s relationship with Inuit artists and communities began as a former curator of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, now the Art Gallery of Guelph – a period that would indelibly shape the collection and her own curatorial practice. read more>

Art Talk > Q & A: Carolina Caycedo

Carolina Caycedo is a London-born, Los Angeles-based Colombian artist whose work focuses on the interplay between human culture and the natural environment, particularly in relation to landscapes of resource extraction. In advance of her upcoming fall exhibition A Landscape Is Never Natural, Caycedo introduces her practice and its concerns with ecofeminism, decolonization and environmental justice, discussing her artistic motivations and approach to community engagement. read more >

Images: Christi Belcourt, This Painting is a Mirror, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 206 x 256 cm. Collection of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (Photographer: Lawrence Cook); Caroline Mousseau, oooo, 2019, oil on canvas, 152 x 137 cm. Courtesy of the artist and CYDONIA


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