Current Exhibitions

 

Zacharie Vincent, Self-Portrait, 1852-53, Samuel E Weir Collection, RiverBrink Art Museum.

Zacharie Vincent, Self-Portrait, 1852-53, Samuel E Weir Collection, RiverBrink Art Museum.

Canada at Confederation

May 18 to September 16 2017

The unification of the provinces of British North America as the Dominion of Canada was a significant political event in the early history of Canada. With a special focus on Canada West in the 1850s and 60s, this exhibition provides a glimpse of the land and people on the eve of Confederation.

 

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Bonnie Devine, Treaty Robe, for Tecumseh, 2013. Courtesy of the AGW

Bonnie Devine – Treaty Robe, For Tecumseh

May 18 to September 16 2017

This artwork by installation artist Bonnie Devine references the place of the Shawnee Warrior in the founding mythology of 19th-century Canada.  In the lead up to Confederation, Tecumseh joined Isaac Brock, Laura Secord, and the local militia as heroes of the War of 1812 and important historical figures for imagining the new Dominion of Canada.

 

 

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.