Mary Pratt: The Floating World | The Slightness of Simplicity

The Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University presents two new exhibitions
Reception: Friday, 10 May at 7:00 pm

Mary Pratt: The Floating World
1 March to 15 May 2019

This exhibition celebrates the dazzling, sometimes disquieting artistic vision of Mary Pratt. Featuring a selection of works from the Owens’ permanent collection, it spotlights Transformations (1993-2002), a series of woodblock prints Pratt created in collaboration with Japanese Master Printer Masato Arikushi. This nine-year creative exchange, one of the most important of Pratt’s career, resulted in a breathtaking suite of carefully observed meditations on still life as an expression of the transitory nature of existence. This exhibition has been organized in memory of Mary Pratt (Class of ’57), who passed away in August 2018 at the age of 83.

—Emily Falvey, Curator

The Slightness of Simplicity
22 March to 29 May 2019

M. W. Aber, Ghitta Caiserman, Mabel Killam Day, Donato DeVivo, Florence E. Forsey, Sarah A. Hart, Annie M. Hickey, Richard Hines, Christian McKiel, Elizabeth McLeod, Mary Pratt, Konrad Strobel

Borrowing its title from a chapter in Mary Pratt’s collection of writings A Personal Calligraphy (Goose Lane Editions, 2000), this exhibition explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between domestic life and the demands of the artist’s studio. Featuring a selection of work from the permanent collection, it considers how certain artistic subjects have and continue to be gendered female, and how this practice often serves to trivialize and exclude them.

—Emily Falvey, Curator

Owens Art Gallery
Mount Allison University
61 York Street
Sackville, NB E4L 1E1

506 364 2574

Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission is Free

We would like to acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians (from all four directions) of the land on which we gather. It is upon the unceded, ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik Nations that Mount Allison University is built. While this area is known as Sackville, NB, it is part of the greater territory of Mi’kma’ki. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship,” which the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik first signed with the British Crown in 1725.

The Owens Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support of all its funders, including Mount Allison University, Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, the Town of Sackville New Brunswick and the Friends of the Owens.

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The Owens is partially accessible. The stairs from the entrance nearest the University Chapel have a handrail. There is also ramp access at this entrance; however, the ramp is steep. The stairs to the entrance off York Street do not have a handrail. The main floor of the Owens is wheelchair accessible. Our second-floor gallery and cisgender bathrooms are located in the basement and are not accessible. Two flights of stairs lead to each of these floors. The Owens welcomes guide dogs and other service animals. There are two, reserved, accessible parking spaces on the York Street side of the Gallery and one in the circular driveway adjacent to the Gallery.

Image: Mary Pratt, Cherries Ripe, 2000, colour woodblock print, collection of the Owens Art Gallery, gift of Christopher Pratt
Image: Ghitta Caiserman, Studio Still Life, n.d., oil on Masonite, The Jean MacKay Chubb and Francis L. Chubb Collection, Owens Art Gallery