FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gallery Brings a Snapshot of Saint John’s History to Fredericton

Beaverbrook Art GalleryJanuary 16, 20190 Comments


Beaverbrook Art Gallery Brings a Snapshot of Saint John’s History to Fredericton

Fredericton, New Brunswick, January 16, 2019 – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announces the opening of a photographic exhibition that explores urban and social change in mid-century Canada. Following a successful first presentation in Saint John, The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John will open in Fredericton with a free, public reception on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 4 pm. All are welcome to attend.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s home presentation of this exhibition builds on a very successful opening and presentation at the Saint John Arts Centre, where this popular exhibition was seen by over 1,700 people.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, cities across North America engaged in disruptive periods of massive ‘urban renewal’ of older, poorer areas. These neighbourhoods were destroyed to accommodate highways, housing projects, sports arenas, and swathes of open, unoccupied space. Saint John’s North End was one of these neighbourhoods, and The Lost City presents 75 of MacEachern’s photographs documenting life in the North End during that time.

“These narrative photographs are visceral and poignant, portraying the poverty as well as the humanity of mid-century Saint John” says the Gallery’s Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, John Leroux, who has also authored the book about MacEachern’s photos. “They document a city on the cusp of monumental change, and are among the finest visual documents of social conditions and urban life ever taken in Canada.”

Ian MacEachern worked for CHSJ-TV in Saint John from 1962 to 1966, and during that time witnessed the extensive transformation of Canada's oldest city as it encountered the forces of modernization. He documented the life of the city’s neighbourhoods and residents in this moment of change in hundreds of photographs, which formed the collection this exhibition is drawn from.

“MacEachern's images represent a rich trove of human stories about community, family ties, the disappearing architectural landscape, and the face of powerful change during the mid-twentieth century,” adds Leroux. “They portray the day-to-day adversity, but also the episodes of sympathy and joy that surrounded inner city urban life not so long ago.”

The reception on January 19th will also celebrate the opening of six additional exhibitions: Her Metal: Six New Brunswick Metalsmiths, Gordon Dunphy: Vessels, Joseph Kashetsky: Drawings, Paul Daigle: Performance Art, Out from Under the Rug: Ivan Crowell’s Black History Tapestries from St. Thomas University, and The Pre-Raphaelite Heavenly Vision.

The artist, who will be attending the opening, will also be giving a free, public presentation about the exhibition on Saturday, January 19 at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Visitors can see The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery until May 19. The publication, currently nearly sold out, will be reprinted in the coming months. The Lost City is curated by John Leroux and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and is presented with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and with the support of Commercial Properties Limited. The artist would also like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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Gallery hours: From October 8, 2018 to May 26, 2019, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays, and closed on Mondays. Gallery hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday, and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. Holiday hours and exceptions may apply.

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