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:
June 15 to October 19, 2014
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.