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.

 

 

George Heriot, Minuets of the Canadians, 1807. Samuel E. Weir Collections, RiverBrink Art Museum.

Dancing in Circles: Rituals to Classical Ballet 

February 11 2017 – February 3 2018

Dance serves many functions, from simple pleasure in movement to religious devotion and ritual. This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection at RiverBrink, includes artists’ renderings of dancers and dances in various forms. Among the Canadian examples include early folk dance and Indigenous performances recorded by European artists.

 

Elizabeth Simcoe, Untitled, n.d., Samuel E. Weir Collection, RiverBrink Art Museum.

 

John Graves & Elizabeth Simcoe: 18th Century Power Couple 

February 18, 2017 – February 3, 2018

William Pars’ Portrait of the Young Simcoe (1770-75) is showcased alongside watercolours by Elizabeth Simcoe in this exhibition which celebrates the 1783 Act Against Slavery.  The Act was an important step toward limiting slavery in the Canadas and is considered Simcoe’s most important achievement as Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada.

 

Lawren Harris, Mount Samson, Jasper Park, 1925. Samuel E. Weir Collection, RiverBrink Art Museum.

 

The Group of Seven Project: A Portfolio of Prints 

Spring 2017

The 2003 donation of this portfolio of prints significantly increased the number of works by members of the Group in the RiverBrink collection. The photolithographs, published by Rous & Mann in 1925, were an early project in the history of reproductions of work by Group members in Canada.

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.