November 2016 – April 2017
This exhibition of work by Canadian artists has been organized from the permanent collection at RiverBrink, a collection that includes art work by many prominent Canadian historical artists. With only a few exceptions, all of the works included in the exhibition were purchased by Samuel Weir. The art works assembled for this exhibition comprise many of the significant “treasures” that visitors associate with RiverBrink and have come to admire.
Tod Ainslie, The Underground Railroad
November 5 2016 to January 25 2017
Using pinhole photography, artist Tod Ainslie documents sites associated with the Underground Railway and the abolition of slavery in North America. The primitive technology of the self-built pinhole camera conveys the desolation of the journey and the aura of history. A description of the various sites accompanies each of the more than thirty photographs in the exhibition.
Memorials to the Great War Dead (click to view virtual tour)
While perhaps the most visible, public monuments and public sculpture were not the only form of commemoration that flourished in the aftermath of WWI. This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection, includes examples of commemorative projects in different media, from an illuminated version of In Flanders Fields to preparatory drawings for the mural The Canadians Opposite Lens.
In Black and White: The Art of Etching (click to view virtual tour)
March 23 2016 to February 4 2017
Etching as a print medium has a long history, but in the 19th century it attracted renewed interest from both artists and collectors. This exhibition of work from the Samuel E. Weir Collection includes etchings dating to the period of the revival along with the work of 17th century artists who provided precedents and inspiration.
The Group of Seven Project: Franz Johnston
The exploration of the work of individual members of the Group of Seven continues with the work of Franz Johnston (1888-1949). Johnston gained notoriety as the first member of the Group to resign, but his affinity for wilderness landscapes remained strong. The imposing oil Belle River provides ample evidence of the lingering appeal of the landscapes of northern Ontario and Quebec.
Suzor-Coté at RiverBrink (click to view virtual tour)
Bronze sculptures by the 20th-century Québec artist are on permanent display in the library. Beginning in the 1940s, Sam Weir commissioned the casting of the bronzes with the goal of acquiring a representative survey of the artist’s work in sculpture. This project was continued following Weir’s death.