Summer Exhibitions and 110-Year Anniversary at the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Radha S. Menon: Touched by Devi | Opens June 22, 2024
Jan Wade: Soul Power | Opens June 27, 2024
Directors Collect: 110 Years | Opens June 27, 2024

Looking back on its 110-year history, the Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a season of new exhibitions this month. With an aim to explore the Gallery’s rich past and set sights on its exciting future, there will be an Opening Celebration held at the AGH on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at 5:00 pm.

Leading the celebrations are three new exhibitions:

Radha S. Menon: Touched by Devi
June 22, 2024 – January 5, 2025

Touched by Devi is a multi-media project and is the first major solo museum exhibition for Hamilton-based artist and playwright Radha S. Menon. This exhibition responds to the complex histories of women in colonized India, expressed through portrait photography, interview text, movement, and sculptural installation. These elements come together as part of an ongoing healing journey for the artist, as she explores the history of women’s rights in India in connection with her family history.

Jan Wade: Soul Power
June 27, 2024 – January 5, 2025

For over thirty years, Jan Wade has been creating mixed-media paintings, textiles, and sculptural objects, drawing upon her lived experience as an African Canadian person and her mixed cultural heritage. Jan Wade: Soul Power brings together the artist’s diverse body of work alongside new pieces made specifically for the exhibition.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Hamilton in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Curated by Siobhan McCraken Nixon, Assistant Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery with Melissa Bennett, Senior Curator, AGH.

Directors Collect: 110 Years
June 27, 2024 – January 5, 2025

The Art Gallery of Hamilton is renowned for its permanent collection. It has been thoughtfully built over the last century by individuals both inside and outside its walls. Artists, directors, curators, donors, dealers, volunteers, and many more have had a hand in shaping the holdings.

Directors Collect: 110 Years celebrates the legacy of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s vast permanent collection alongside the contributions of its six directors. This exhibition highlights the key works acquired during their terms and how they have helped shape the AGH of today.

Directors Collect: 110 Years is generously sponsored by incite Foundation for the Arts.

On Wednesday, June 26, the AGH will celebrate its 110th anniversary alongside these three exciting exhibitions at the Summer Exhibitions Opening Celebration. Doors will open at 5:00 pm with a special Artist Talk featuring Jan Wade beginning at 6:30 pm. Jan will highlight how her life experiences have shaped all aspects of her art-making practice. The talk will begin with a brief introduction to the exhibition with AGH Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Melissa Bennett. Opening remarks will follow the talk at 7:30 pm and guests are encouraged to explore the Gallery spaces and mingle throughout the evening. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

Summer Exhibitions Opening Celebration
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Doors Open at 5:00 pm
Artist Talk with Jan Wade at 6:30 pm
Opening Remarks at 7:30 pm
Free admission – Everyone welcome

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About the Art Gallery of Hamilton

Founded in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is the oldest and largest public art gallery in southwestern Ontario. Its permanent collection, which is focused on historical Canadian, International, and Contemporary art, numbers more than 11,000 works and is recognized as one of Canada’s finest. The AGH is a vital creative hub and centre of lifelong learning that enables people of all ages to enrich their lives by gaining a deeper understanding of art. The Gallery is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Hamilton.

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Image credits:
Top (left to right): Nathan Eugene Carson (Canadian b. 1980), Praying Hands (Meditation), 2014, mixed media on paper. Purchase, Permanent Collect Fund, 2021. Photo: Mike Lalich, 2024. Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French 1827-1875), Bacchante aux Roses, after 1868, plaster with painted base. The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Collection, 2002. Photo: WaveLength, 2004. Emily Carr (Canadian 1871-1945), Sunshine and Tumult, 1939, oil on paper. Bequest of H. S. Southam, Esq., CMG, LL.D, 1966. Photo: Mike Lalich, 2008.

Middle (left to right): Radha S. Menon, Untitled, 1974. photo taken by Slim Sreedharan (artist’s father), Courtesy of the artist. Radha S. Menon, Untitled (Kariavva), 2024. archival print on Hahnemühle Sugar Cane paper. 20 x 30 in., Courtesy of the artist.

Bottom (left to right): Jan Wade, Church and State, 1990–20, wood, metal, plastic, shell, found objects, paint. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, General Acquisition Fund. Photo: Ian Lefebvre, Vancouver Art Gallery. Jan Wade, Memory Jug, 2016. acrylic, found objects. Collection of Surrey Art Gallery, Photo: Dennis Ha. Jan Wade, Prophecy, 1990–20. wood, metal, plastic, found objects, paint. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, General Acquisition Fund, Photo: Ian Lefebvre, Vancouver Art Gallery.