Welcome back – welcome here! Beaverbrook Art Gallery reopens to the public

Beaverbrook Art GalleryMay 25, 20160 Comments

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Welcome back – welcome here!
Beaverbrook Art Gallery reopens to the public with renovated spaces and eight new exhibitions

Fredericton, NB, May 25, 2016 -- The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to announce its reopening after a four-month closure for renovation. Visitors to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery will find a reception and shop area and an orientation space strikingly different from the ones they last visited, as well as a state-of-the-art, newly-renovated, and newly-named Harriet Irving Gallery east of the foyer. The renovated Gallery spaces will be open to members of the public starting May 31st.

All of these spectacular changes, which have been made possible by the generous support of Jim, Arthur, and John Irving and their families, are part of a major revitalization of your Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This major project includes the expansion of the Gallery with a pavilion being built east of the building, anticipated to open in fall 2017.

June 4th will mark our official opening reception kicking off our summer season of exhibitions and programming. With an entire building reopening, we’ve gone all out with our exhibition program, and we’ll have eight exhibitions opening at once!

From the Gallery’s permanent collection, visitors will find works ranging from the earliest of the collection to newly-acquired works. The inaugural exhibition in the new Harriet Irving Gallery celebrates one of the first governors of the Gallery, Harriet Irving. A Tribute to Harriet Irving: Early Highlights from the Permanent Collection communicates our longstanding identity as a collections-based institution by showcasing a selection of the treasures that were acquired in the very first years of the Gallery’s operation.

Exhibitions curated by Senior Curator Jeffrey Spalding will further turn a spotlight on a range of perspectives on the Gallery’s permanent collection: Modernism at Mid-Century; Return of the Image: Abstract Artists Re-visit Representation; and New to You: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection. Although only a sampling of the Gallery’s nearly 5,000 works of art, together these exhibitions offer a special glimpse of the tremendous variety and high-level quality that characterize our ever-evolving permanent collection.

As part of our mandate to present a wide-ranging, engaging and stimulating exhibition program, we also look outside of our own walls for inspiring exhibitions to share with New Brunswickers and with visitors to the province. This season, the Gallery is proud to present two touring exhibitions, one exhibition of works from an artist’s collection, and one exhibition featuring some of New Brunswick’s newest talent.

William Kentridge: Universal Archive, organized for tour by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, features one of South Africa’s pre-eminent visual artists. Kentridge’s Universal Archive consists of numerous individual everyday images, such as coffee pots, trees, cats, female nudes, typewriters, horses and birds printed onto non-archival 1950s dictionary and encyclopaedia paper.

For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston surveys the 30-year career of Lynn Johnston, whose popular comic strip derives from her own personal life experiences. This exhibition is curated by Deanna Nebenionquit and organized by the Art Gallery of Sudbury.

A second retrospective exhibition exploring the cartoon as a serious art form features works by Michael de Adder from the artist’s collection. Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and curated by Virgil Hammock, Drawing Conclusions: The Political Art of Michael de Adder gives worthy distinction to a remarkable present-day practitioner of political cartooning and his outstanding contribution to the tradition of the art form.

Finally, the Gallery is delighted to once again partner with the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in the presentation of Out of Our Minds: NBCCD Graduate Exhibition, organized by the NBCCD.

We welcome and invite all members of the public to join us in the excitement and celebration at the exhibition opening reception on June 4 at 5:00 PM.

About the exhibitions:

A Tribute to Harriet Irving: Early Highlights from the Permanent Collection
May 31, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Curators: Terry Graff and Jeffrey Spalding.
Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

William Kentridge: Universal Archive
Curated by Natalie Marsh, Director
Curatorial Research and Writing by Virginia McBride ‘15 and Hanna Washburn ‘14
June 4, 2016 - September 18, 2016
William Kentridge: Universal Archive is organized for tour by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College and is made possible, in part, by contributions from Alva Greenberg ’74, the Gund Gallery Board of Directors, and the Ohio Arts Council.

For Better or For Worse: The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston
June 4, 2016 - September 18, 2016
Curator: Deanna Nebenionquit
Organized by the Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury with support from Greater City of Sudbury, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, FedNor and Canadian Heritage. 

Drawing Conclusions: The Political Art of Michael de Adder
June 4, 2016 - September 18, 2016
Curator: Virgil Hammock.
Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with the support of the Scotiabank Artist Residency Program and Bounty
Print Ltd.

New to You: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
June 4, 2016 - September 4, 2016
Curator: Jeffrey Spalding. Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Modernism at Mid-Century
June 4, 2016 - October 16, 2016
Curator: Jeffrey Spalding. Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Return of the Image: abstract artists re-visit representation
June 4, 2016 - October 16, 2016
Curator: Jeffrey Spalding. Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

Out of Our Minds: NBCCD Graduate Exhibition
June 4, 2016 - June 19, 2016
Organized by the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.
 
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About the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

Media Contact
Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications and Visitor Services
Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen Street, P.O. Box 605
Fredericton, NB
E3E 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2039
Email: visitorservices@beaverbrookartgallery.org
Fax: (506) 458-2028
www.beaverbrookartgallery.org

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