Spring and summer 2020 at the Ottawa Art Gallery

Exhibition Opening on March 11th, from 6 pm to 9 pm, all welcome!
Admission is always free at the OAG.


Hyejeong Cho & Sook Hyun Kim, The Emotional Society on Stage, 2014, 3-channel video, 23 min 22 sec, courtesy of the artists.

For its spring and summer 2020 season, the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) presents five new exhibitions:

리듬풍경 RhythmScape
March 12 to September 27, 2020
Originally shown in South Korea and then in Japan, the North American debut of this international group exhibition features contemporary art inspired by the pulse of life, society and work. For OAG’s edition, Canadian artists Brendan Fernandes, Tiphaine Girault and Paula Bath join the work of Korean artists Yong Ju Kwon, Hwayeon Nam, Jung Uk Yang, Sojung Jun, and duo Hyejeong Cho and Sook Hyun Kim, as well as the work of Japanese artist Tetsuya Umeda and Swedish artist Johanna Billing. The exhibition is organized and circulated by The Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, South Korea, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada and supported by the Korean Foundation for International Culture Exchange.

Russell Yuristy: The Inside of Elephants and All Kinds of Things
February 8 to July 26, 2020
This exhibition celebrates the poignantly playful multimedia practice of Canadian artist Russell Yuristy, founder of the Creative Playground Workshop, through which he created large wooden animal sculptures that doubled as play structures. Originally from Saskatchewan, the exhibition focuses mainly on the dynamic period in his practice between 1970 and 1990, in which he contributed to the development of Regina Funk Art and emerged as one of the most unique Canadian anti-establishment artists.

Jennifer Dickson: The Credo Project
February 8 to July 26, 2020
An exhibition of photography by Jennifer Dickson captured during her travels to the U.K., Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Morocco. Each triptych presents architectural spaces of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the three Abrahamic religions. Jennifer Dickson is an award-winning printmaker and photographer known for her hauntingly beautiful and meticulous hand-tinted etchings, prints, photographs, and watercolour paintings.

(Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years
January 18, 2020 to January 10, 2021
In the context of 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven, this year-long exhibition displays key works by the Group from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, with a particular focus on A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, and Arthur Lismer. The exhibition also provides a unique look at the collecting activities of the Firestone family in Ottawa. Presented by Regional Group.

From OAG’s Permanent Collection, Maura Doyle’s installation Gone (2018) will be on display in the Mackenzie King Lobby. It chronicles, with a take-away map, lost Ottawa-Gatineau sculptures such as Russell Yuristy’s play structure Beaver (Victoria island, Ottawa, 1979 – c. 1989).

Stunning textile and mixed-media-based work in the exhibition Tethers│Scars: Claudia Gutierrez and Tafui will also be on view in Gallery Annexe (March 6 to April 26, 2020).

Opening Reception

The public is invited to the free opening reception on Wednesday March 11th from 6 pm to 9 pm.


Jennifer Dickson Speaker Series: An Artist’s Journey
Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Join artist Jennifer Dickson for an intimate tour of her exhibition The Credo Project and a discussion of her travels and access to sacred architectural monuments.
Free, registration required: mho@oaggao.ca or 613.233.8699 +247.

BMO in Conversation: Russell Yuristy and Catherine Sinclair
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 6:30pm
Join artist Russell Yuristy and Chief Curator Catherine Sinclair in the Alma Duncan Salon as they discuss Yuristy’s practice, the Saskatchewan art scene of the 1960s and public art in Canada.
Free, no registration.

Jennifer Dickson Speaker Series: Conserving The Historic
Thursday, May 7, 2020 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Join artist Jennifer Dickson for an intimate tour of her exhibition The Credo Project and a discussion on the conservation and preservation of significant historic sites.
Free, registration required. Registration: mho@oaggao.ca or 613.233.8699 +247.

Visit oaggao.ca for complete calendar.

Kids and family
Creative Sundays, every Sunday in the Studio, 10 AM to 2 PM, free
Toddler Mornings, first Wednesday of the month, 10 AM – 11:30 AM, free
Map your world!, each day during March break, in Ottawa Public Libraries
FREE Childcare, every Thursday, 5pm to 8pm, and during exhibition openings

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