Upcoming Exhibitions

Sonny Assu, Longing, reclaimed cedar, brass mount

June 14 to September 13, 2015

De Colonize Me

Curated by Heather Igloliorte

Organized by the Ottawa Art Gallery

Decolonize Me features six contemporary Aboriginal artists whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada’s long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Deliberately riffing on the title of Morgan Spurlock’s film, the pop-cultural phenomenon Super Size Me (2004), the exhibition’s title emphasizes the importance of recognizing the role of the individual within larger discussions of shared colonial histories and present-day cultural politics. In the context of the recent efforts of many Indigenous communities to assert their sovereignty and right to self-determination, the artists in this exhibition explore the issues and outcomes of both colonization and decolonization while exposing how these processes have impacted Aboriginal and settler Canadian identity, both individual and collective.




Our Dresses Hang Here, mixed media found clothing 2015

June 14 to September 13, 2015

Delaine Le Bas & Scott Benesiinaabandan:

From ‘Artificial Curiosities’ ? To Art

Artist and English Romani Gypsy, lives and works in various locations across Europe. Delaine’s artistic practice consists of various sized installations that combine mixed media and include sound, performance and film. The works deal with issues of exclusion and stereotypes that are far reaching and ingrained into the human consciousness. Untold histories, exclusion based on difference and misrepresentation loom large in the works incorporating bi lingual texts produced with her son Damian James Le Bas.

CORNELIUS KRIEGHOFF Upper Reaches of the Ottawa, 1858, oil on canvas, Gift of an anonymous donor, 2001

June 14 to September 13, 2015

Path of the Paddle

Curated by David Huff, Curator of Collections

From the Aboriginal birch bark to the Olympic racing craft, the canoe is one of Canada’s most iconic symbols. The vessel’s development and history parallels that of our country. The canoe is synonymous with Tom Thomson, and his mysterious death, but many artists have used the canoe as subject matter.

STEVE IRVINE Winter Self Portrait, 2004, silver geletin print on paper, multi aperture pinhole camera, 60 second exposure, gift of the artist, 2005

June 14 to September 13, 2015

Into the Light

Curated by Raymond Angus, West Hill Secondary School co-op student

Light makes art possible. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies”. This exhibition investigates the importance of light as a source of artistic inspiration, as subject matter and material.