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

Camera Obscura: Colin Smith


April 4 to June 7, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, April 4
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

In Latin camera = room, obscura = dark. Calgary-based photographer Colin Smith presents large format images taken within camera obscuras that he creates in found abandoned buildings, fire tower lookouts and a Boler trailer. He manipulates the light of the obscura projections and the natural light to produce highly saturated, breathtaking imagery that challenges the viewer’s perceptions.

Creative Obsession: A Celebration of the RCA Members of the Alberta Society of Artists


April 4 to June 7, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Saturday, April 4
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Eleven members of the Alberta Society of Artists are showcased, all of whom have been inducted in the Royal Canadian Academy. Although these artists are very different they all share an essential character trait; they are all obsessed to varying degrees, and obsession is the underlying generative engine of creativity.

A Rocky Mountain Childhood


April 4 to June 7, 2015
Rummel Room

Opening Reception Saturday, April 4
Museum Members at 6 PM, General Opening at 7 PM

Whether it’s the early 1900s, 1950s or 2000s, the wonder of a child’s imagination, quest for adventure and curiosity of nature are unchanged. This exhibition captures the fun and the whimsy of growing up in these mountains, by showcasing materials from the Whyte Museum’s archives, library, art and heritage collections.

Water Eau 水 Mînî पानी Wasser מים Acqua پانی Tubig H2O


June 14 to October 18, 2015
Main Gallery

Opening Reception Sunday, June 14, from 1 to 4 PM
In conjunction with Back to Banff Day

This exhibition includes visually stunning and timely orchestrated compilations of historic and contemporary painting, video and installations that examine the beauty and peculiarity of Earth’s greatest resource. Acclaimed throughout time for its unpredictability, tranquil qualities, ritual and hygienic uses, nourishment and abundance, the purity of water and its sources are under threat. Our existence is contingent on water.

Canada is bound by three oceans and strewn with multiple fresh lakes, rivers, waterfalls and aquifers. Historically, Canada’s waterways supported Indigenous communities, the fur trade and explorers whose travels contributed to the settlement, urbanization, economic development and transportation of the nation. Reflected in literature, music, poetry, theatre, dance and art, water continues to be synonymous with Canadian identity.

The exhibition presents works of art from private and public collections and features a range of styles from the early 19th century to the present. Through the works of art presented in "Water", the viewer is invited to explore a diverse range of artistic approaches that include representational imagery of rivers and lakes in the landscape, to life affirming and threatening metaphorical associations. The exhibition encourages contemplation of alternative perspectives, grounded in our real-world fascination with and increasing recognition of the global challenges that arise in relation to this precious natural resource, in the face of changing climatic conditions.

Legacy in Time: Rephotography by Henry Vaux Jr.


June 14 to October 18, 2015
Rummel Room

Opening Reception Sunday, June 14, from 1 to 4 PM
In conjunction with Back to Banff Day

Beginning in 1997 and continuing until 2013, Henry Vaux Jr. rephotographed scenes that his ancestors had captured on glass plate negatives a century before. This important collection of images shows a century of change through the photographs of glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and mountains. Three generations of the Vaux family have enabled us to see the impact of climate change on these grand, iconic mountains.

DRAWING WATER


Until September 8, 2015
Founders' Gallery

The exhibition reflects upon the various challenges and complexities of capturing in two dimensional format fast flowing rivers, plunging waterfalls and calm reflections on lakes.

A FEW OF MY FAVOURITES - Janice Price


Until September 8, 2015
The Philippe Delesalle Staircase

Janice Price, President of The Banff Centre, has focused her selections on artists who have taught at The Banff Centre, including A. Y. Jackson, Walter Phillips, H. G. Glyde, A. C. Leighton, Takao Tanabe, Ted Godwin and Leslie Manning.