Fury: Portraits of a Turbulent World

April 5 to June 8, 2014
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, April 5
Museum Members at 6 PM
General Opening at 7 PM

Stephen Hutchings’ work is both a contemporary reflection on landscape painting and a metaphoric connection to the hostilities and turbulence of society. As the frequency of human violence and nature’s super-storms increase, our awe and fear at their unpredictability attunes us to our own vulnerability. An internationally respected Canadian artist, Hutchings renders charcoal drawings to large canvases and washes them with thin layers of paint, building layer upon layer to produce atmospheric portraits bursting with distinct personality and exploding with drama and emotion.


April 5 to June 8, 2014
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, April 5
Museum Members at 6 PM
General Opening at 7 PM

Trace the art of portraiture from the 1920s through to the present day. The changing face of portraiture is revealed, from the strict museum school training of Peter and Catharine Whyte through to current day selfies. Works are loaned from private collections and sourced from the Whyte Museum collection.

Proximate Truth: Cartography from the Collection of R. W. Sandford

April 5 to June 8, 2014
Rummel Room

Opening Reception Saturday, April 5
Museum Members at 6 PM
General Opening at 7 PM

Canada is depicted through its illustrated geography with a selection of maps on loan from private collector Bob Sandford. An internationally respected naturalist, advisor and author, Sandford promotes water conservation and campaigns for global watersheds and reserves. Maps from the Whyte Museum’s archival collection are included, providing a broad range of locations to explore.

Gateway to the Rockies

Ongoing - Heritage Gallery

THE STORY: The men and women who explore, inquire and adventure in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are tough, resilient, curious and intelligent… all are shaped by their moments here and all are shaping the culture of this place.

Our exciting new exhibition, Gateway to the Rockies communicates the history of these mountains, using artifacts, artworks, archival photographs, recordings and documents, This fun, interactive exhibition will bring alive the men and women who shaped the culture of the Canadian Rockies. The Bell helicopter "flying" out of the wall is pretty cool too!

Gateway to the Rockies was made possible in part by generous donations from the following organizations:

Alberta Community Spirit Program

Alberta Land Surveyors' Association

Alberta Museums Association
Bank of Montreal
Parks Canada
The Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation

Whyte Winter Carnival at Cave and Basin National Historic Site

March 22 to April 27, 2014
Location: Cave & Basin National Historic Site

Exhibit opening: Saturday, March 22, 7 to 9 PM

It was a time when you could ski-race down Banff Avenue, toboggan down Caribou Street, curl on the Bow River, and do a fancy dive into the Cave and Basin hot pool—at the Banff Winter Carnival in the roaring twenties.

Join us for an exhibit launch of fun winter sports images from the archives of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, hosted at the Cave and Basin.

High Adventure: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield, 1924

March 29 to August 17, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

In 1924, Alberta artist Byron Harmon organized an expedition to take the first significant photographs and film-footage of a newly chartered territory: the Columbia Icefield. For Harmon, who had spent 20 years based in Banff, it was to be the crowning achievement of his career as a photographer. The mission was given added weight by the recent discovery that the massive Columbia Icefield fed rivers and streams that poured into three different oceans. The very first horse-pack to traverse the enormous icefield had done so the previous year. Harmon was determined to be the second, with the added challenge of carrying a 35 mm motion-picture camera and four still cameras, as well as the attendant film.

This exhibition traces the route Harmon took through the photographs, film, lantern and stereo-slides that were produced during the trip. It follows the expedition from its start in Lake Louise, up to Bow Lake, through Castleguard Valley to the Columbia Icefield, over to the head of the Athabasca River and ending at Maligne Lake—before returning to Banff.
This exhibition is being held in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Alberta’s 90th anniversary. Inaugurated in 1924, the AGA opened the same year that Harmon and his team left for the Columbia Icefield.

The exhibition is guest-curated by Ruth Burns and Mary-Beth Laviolette and produced with the assistance of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. It is presented with the support of ATB Financial as part of the ATB Alberta Masters exhibition series.

Indigenous Ingenuity

June 15 to October 19, 2014
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Sunday, June 15, 1 to 4 PM
In conjunction with Back to Banff Day

"Indigenous Ingenuity" highlights the immense depth, diversity and richness of contemporary Canadian native art and juxtaposes the work with historic artifacts from the Whyte Museum collections to highlight materials, techniques and motifs used by Indigenous peoples.

Well known artists in the exhibition are members of the Indian Group of Seven, including Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau CM, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Carl Ray, Joseph Sanchez and Alex Janvier, who is considered the pioneer of contemporary aboriginal art in Canada. Others who have or continue to contribute substantially to the art world are Carl Beam, Kent Monkman, George Littlechild, Jane Ash Poitras, Jeffrey Thomas and David Garneau to mention a few. Painting, sculpture, installations, audio visual and performance encompass and enchant this eclectic view.

A portion of the exhibition will honour the late Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942-2009). Cardinal-Schubert’s artistic practice addressed political and social injustices yet her works are lyrical invocations of native culture. A painter, installation artist, writer, curator, poet, lecturer, mentor and director of video and native theatre, Cardinal-Schubert is recognized nationally and internationally for her artistic achievements and advancement of indigenous art in Canada.