Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery now open to the public

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is eager to reopen our doors to the public for this first time this summer. We welcome our visitors back to the Gallery with a new exhibition of works from our Permanent Collection, curated by Crystal Mowry, that reflect the changing realities of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Admission to all exhibitions is free thanks to the support of CIBC Wood Gundy – Allan Bush Investment Team. No appointments are required – please review our COVID-19 safety policies for procedures in place for the safety of our visitors and staff.


a wave in other words

Curated by Crystal Mowry

On view until 5 September 2021

In the last year and more we have spoken of time differently. Phrases such as “the before times” have become a tidy way to convey the period before the pandemic spurred a reimagining of how we connect with others. We spoke of time “slowing down” in the periods when the newly-housebound among us decried the loss of familiar routines. The opposite may be true for those of us who are caring for others constantly, losing time on our own.

We may ask ourselves, “when did we become the clock?”

By now we have all assumed that plans of any scale must include a pause or pivot contingency. Echoes, waves, or other linear interruptions are frequently mentioned in relation to public health and lockdown moods alike.

What if we aren’t the clock but the pendulum?

The works convened for this exhibition highlight how a shared resource such as the Permanent Collection can offer insights on various themes that have emerged in the last year. New acquisitions by Deanna Bowen and Mary Kavanagh reveal how abstraction and omission can be factors in collective remembrance. Lynne Cohen’s uncanny images of unpopulated spaces hint at the shifting role of the commons. In Daphne Odjig’s Little Mothers, we are reminded of how the burden of care may be gendered. During this period of swings and stasis, how will we each choose to acknowledge our respective circumstances? Will we focus on the pause or will we try our hand at defining the pendulum?

Artists: Hattie Amit’naaq, Shuvinai Ashoona, Irene Avaalaaqiaq, Deanna Bowen, Christo, Lynne Cohen, Stanley Cosgrove, Kathleen Daly Pepper, Elizabeth Eastman, Colwyn Griffith, Milutin Gubash, Adad Hannah, April Hickox, David Peter Hunsberger, Paul Hutner, Mary Kavanagh, Wanda Koop, Geela Keenainak, An Te Liu, Shelley Niro, Daphne Odjig, Margaret Priest, Amanda Rhodenizer, Wilfrid H. Schultz, Robert Sinclair, Arnold Shives, H.F. Smyth, C.V. Stübbe-Teglbjaerg, Jacoposie Tiglik, Ruth Annaqtuusi Tulurialik, and Andrew Wright

a wave in other words remains on view until 5 September 2021 with the generous support of Sun Life Financial as our Premier Exhibitions Sponsor.


Articulating Legibility: Works from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Lucy Bilson

On view until 6 March 2022

Legibility refers to our ability to clearly see what is before us: specifically, the quality of being clear enough to read. It is underpinned by the desire to communicate with clarity and avoid misinterpretation. But what does it mean for an artwork to be legible? Is it intertwined with representation and abstraction, our understanding of the artist’s intentions, or something else? This exhibition of works from the Permanent Collection explores questions of completeness, visually ambiguous forms, and the communication of the intangible.

Artists: Barbara Astman, Walter Bachinski, Susan Coolen, Michael Flomen, John Hofstetter, Thomas Lax, Ron Martin, David Rifat, Michael Snow, Douglas Walker, Joyce Wieland, and Ossip Zadkine

Lucy Bilson is a designer, researcher, and educator working at the periphery of contemporary graphic design practice. In addition to operating Lucy Bilson Design, Lucy’s creative practice explores the interdisciplinary space between design and art, often using her work to contest the boundaries of contemporary practice.

This Corridor Gallery exhibition is kindly supported by Activa.

Mike MacDonald: Planting one Another

Curated by Lisa Myers
Produced in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre

On view until 3 October 2021

A project with care and coexistence at its core, Planting one Another features a twin re-planting of a Medicine and Butterfly garden by the late Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald (1941-2006). Comprised primarily of plants that are indigenous to the Americas, the two gardens will be cared for by two organizations situated within the Haldimand Tract: the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the original site where the garden was first planted, the Woodland Cultural Centre.

Planting one Another is presented in its third year of growth on the grounds outside KWAG with the generous support of GSP Group and MTE.


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Images (from top):
a wave in other words. Installation view, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2021. Photo: Robert McNair.

Joyce Wieland (Canadian, 1931-1998). Facing North – Self Impression, 1973. Lithograph, 34.3cm x 43cm. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Collection. Gift of Mr. Peter F. Oliphant and Mr. Robert C. White, 1991. © National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: KWAG