Fall 2020 Exhibitions at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery


Neil Newton, Broken Window, silver bromide print on fiber-based paper, 1971. Collection of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Fall Exhibitions

Curated by Leila Timmins
September 05, 2020 – April 18, 2021

Aberrations is the first major exhibition at the RMG dedicated to the wonderful range of photo-based work in the collection. Like many public galleries our size, our photo collections have not been given the same attention as other media, and the collecting histories have been relatively short. This exhibition explores our rich holdings through four frameworks: strange secrecy, trick mirror, shifting ground, and ordering the world. These propositions act as guideposts to view the works in new ways, inviting new connections and ways of understanding. The selected photographs represent vastly different time periods and locations, as well as wide ranges of scale, colour, and material.

With the prevalence of photography in everyday life, photographs have a unique ability to shape the way we see and understand the world. The term aberration means something different from the norm. We invite you to lean in to these differences, relish in the juxtapositions, and bring fresh eyes to these incredible works.


Will Kwan, Mountain Pose (detail), installation with contour models made from yoga mats, silk-screened text on mirror panels, 2010 – present. Courtesy of the artist.

Terra Economicus
Will Kwan
Curated by Leila Timmins
October 2, 2020 – February 5, 2021

Will Kwan’s research-driven artistic practice maps complex cultural and economic relations to reveal how power is consolidated and how legacies of colonialism persist in the present. In Terra Economicus, Kwan pulls together a constellation of works created over the last decade that explore conceptions of landscape as expressions of privatization, commodification, and segregation.

The term Terra Economicus, a reworking of the Latin terra nullius, which means “no one’s land”, was used as a legal construct in the colonization of North America and Australia to justify claims to new territory. This deliberate negation of Indigenous people and history supported waves of settler colonialism in Canada. Each work in this exhibition unpacks a different way that an economic belief system or cultural narrative is imposed on the natural world as a frame for exploitation and dispossession.

Permanent Collection Exhibitions

The Joy of Living
Rita Letendre
Curated by Sonya Jones
February 10, 2020 – October 26, 2020

Born in 1928 in Drummondville, Quebec to Abenaki and Quebecois parents, Rita Letendre moved with her family to Montréal in 1941. After attending Montreal’s École des Beaux-Arts in 1948, she left the following year finding the school’s teaching style too conservative. “To make a painting showing a little house on a street, that doesn’t show life” she said, “I wanted to show the joy of life, its difficulties, its power.” Abstraction allowed her to do just that.

Works in this exhibition, from the RMG’s Permanent Collection, capture Letendre’s ever-evolving style of abstraction. It includes paintings from her abstract expressionist beginnings, her crisp hard-edged abstractions, as well as the vibrant and dynamic gestural works from her most recent series.

Curated by Sonya Jones
July 28, 2020 – June 13, 2021

In countless literary epic journeys, the hero(ine) encounters trials and adventures along their path, which ultimately lead to personal growth and transformation. While these mythic stories are fictional, they can reflect our common experiences. Over the course of our lives we too embark on both physical and emotional journeys that lead to new perspectives. Drawing together works to explore how the journey can often be more important than the destination, this Permanent Collection exhibition is divided into four sections: Going Places, Movement of Goods, Wandering Artists, and Spiritual Explorations.

Oshawa’s Jewel by the Lake
Curated by Sonya Jones
August 11, 2020 – December 6, 2020

Since the late 19th Century, Oshawa’s shores along Lake Ontario, that currently make up Lakeview Park, have been a popular summer destination. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Lakeview Park. Presented in partnership with the Oshawa Museum, this exhibition features historical photographs from the Thomas Bouckley Collection, looking back at the park’s rich history. Presented in tandem with the Oshawa Museum’s online exhibition Lakeview Park Oshawa, together these shows capture many important milestones of the last century in the park: www.lakeviewparkoshawa.wordpress.com

To learn more about our exhibitions, please visit: http://rmg.on.ca/exhibitions/

Recent updates to gallery hours and COVID procedures

As you may have heard, we recently reopened our doors! To reopen safely, we have put a number of protocols and guidelines in place to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. You can learn more by visiting our website at rmg.on.ca/covid-19-updates/.

We have also temporarily adjusted our opening hours to the following:
Mondays, Closed
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 10:00AM – 12:00PM, Seniors and immune-compromised individuals ONLY

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is situated on the ancestral lands and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the traditional territory of the Mississauga Nation.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a vibrant and engaging art gallery dedicated to sharing and protecting the stories of our communities through art, shared authority, education, and engagement. The Gallery is a meeting place for exploration and experimentation, a place where art, artists, and the community come together in conversation.

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