Fall 2022 Exhibitions and Programs at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Chun Hua Catherine Dong

September 17, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Organized by the Art Gallery of Hamilton
Curated by Tara Ng

Chun Hua Catherine Dong brings together two major performance and photographic series by the Chinese-born, Montreal-based artist—Skin Deep (2014–20) and I Have Been There (2015–ongoing)—along with a selection of recent VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), and 3D-printed works that address themes of diaspora, gender, and belonging. Dong reinterprets traditional Chinese symbols and practices to explore her hybrid cultural identity, navigate her ambivalent relationship to her homeland, and challenge social binaries and stereotypes.

Refracting the Lens

September 17, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Pitseolak Ashoona, Betty Goodwin, Anique Jordan, Annie Pootoogook, Napachie Pootoogook, John Reeves
Curated by Anik Glaude

Refracting the Lens is a two part exhibition marking the gallery’s 25th anniversary. This second iteration showcases new acquisitions and signals new directions in how we approach the work we do. Museums and art galleries are changing. Collections are no longer seen as repositories of historical artefacts, but as living and breathing chapters in ever evolving narratives. We invite you to consider these narratives and push beyond those that have already been written.

Quiet Resistance, Reclaiming Space

September 17, 2022 to January 8, 2023
Curated by Anik Glaude

As a way to extend the exhibition Refracting the Lens, the gallery has commissioned Don Kwan to create a temporary mural on the exterior façade of the gallery. A third-generation Chinese Canadian, Don Kwan turns to his own experiences and challenges as a gay, East Asian artist in order to ground himself in broader conversations about identity, representations, and intergenerational memory-making in the diaspora. Quiet Resistance, Reclaiming Space consists of a series of photographs taken in a range of Canadian landscapes, each framed by a traditional Chinese lantern panel. By inserting himself into these environments, Kwan seeks to reclaim space and dismantle narratives of racism and homophobia.

Associated Programs

Saturday, September 17, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join artists Chun Hua Catherine Dong and Don Kwan, as well as curators Tara Ng and Anik Glaude, for the launch of our fall exhibitions. Pop-up tours of the exhibitions and our outdoor mural will happen throughout the event.

The Varley Art Gallery follows all COVID19 provincial guidelines. Wearing masks in our facility is not required but strongly encouraged.

Lunch and Learn

These virtual monthly artist talks provide our community members with the opportunity to learn about current and future exhibitions, as well as hear about ongoing curatorial research happening at the gallery. This program also supports emerging and established artists by providing them with a forum in which to present their work. We would like to thank the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham for their ongoing support of our Lunch and Learn speaker’s series.

Don Kwan
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
12:30 to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Presented on Zoom, Registration is required

Join us as we explore the work of Don Kwan. In this one-hour talk, the artist will share his past work and discuss his new photo-mural Quiet Resistance, Reclaiming Space.

Chun Hua Catherine Dong
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
12:30 to 1:30 PM (EST)
Presented on Zoom, Registration is required

Artist Chun Hua Catherine Dong’s talk will focus on the two major bodies of work currently on display at the Varley Art Gallery, Skin Deep (2014-20) and I Have Been There (2015-ongoing), elaborating on their origins and genesis, and how they relate to her practice as a whole.

Refracting the Lens
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
12:30 to 1:30 PM (EST)
Presented on Zoom, Registration is required

Curator Anik Glaude shares her thoughts on curating permanent collection exhibitions.

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.

Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, ON, L3R 2H1
905.477.7000 ext. 3261 | varley@markham.ca

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The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, and Sunday, 12 PM to 4PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM

Admission is free. Our venue is accessible, with automatic door openers to enter the building and exhibition spaces. One accessible washroom is available.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Anik Glaude, Curator

Image credits: [1] Chun Hua Catherine Dong, I Have Been There–Vanier Park, Vancouver, Canada, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. [2] Don Kwan, Quiet Resistance, Reclaiming Space, 2022. Courtesy of the artist