Current Exhibitions

J.C. Whale, The Fox, late 19th c., oil on canvas, Samuel E. Weir collection, Gift of Mrs. C. Malkiewich

J.C. Whale, The Fox, late 19th c., oil on canvas, Samuel E. Weir collection, Gift of Mrs. C. Malkiewich

Canadian Treasures 

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.

 

 

Image detail: #2 Interior of Engine House, Harpers Ferry, Va. Photograph courtesy of Tod Ainslie

Image detail: #2 Interior of Engine House, Harpers Ferry, Va. Photograph courtesy of Tod Ainslie

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.

 

 

 

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(Paul Alfred) Ernest Meister, “The Tower” Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, 1923

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorials to the Great War Dead (click to view virtual tour)

February 20 2016 to February 4 2017

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.

 

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Paul Cezanne, Guillaumin au Pendu, 1873.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Black and White: The Art of Etching (click to view virtual tour)

March 23 2016 to February 25 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.

 

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Franz Johnston, Belle Rapids, n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Group of Seven Project: Franz Johnston

February 20 2016 to February 4 2017

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.

 

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Femmes de Caughnawaga

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Femmes de Caughnawaga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.