University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries

Legacy Downtown

The Gleamer

IN SESSION – ONE

January 17 to March 28, 2015

Curated by Mary Jo Hughes

Megan Dickie | Laura Dutton
d. bradley muir | Tara Nicholson

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

This is the first part of an on-going series of exhibitions over the next few years featuring the artists who work as Sessional Instructors in the UVic Visual Arts department. This exhibition looks at the recent practice of four artists who work with photography, video, and digital media arts. In Session - One celebrates the significance and power of photo-based art in an age where social media and advertising threaten to inundate and numb us with visual overload. These artists also investigate themes including the relationship between the photographic image and its physicality as an object, light as a material presence, and the time/space/memory relationship of digital media arts.

Image: Megan Dickie The Gleamer, 2012

Campus

Requiem

The Arts of World War I

November 7, 2014 to March 2, 2015

Curated by Marcus Milwright (Department of Art History and Visual Studies)

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

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This exhibition marks the centenary of the start of of the "Great War" with a cross cultural focus on the visual and material culture of World War I. The exhibition includes books, prints, and personal objects drawn from the Legacy Art Galleries, the UVic Libraries (Special Collections and Archives), and private collections in Victoria. These objects present visual manifestations of the war in the theatres of conflict in Europe and the Middle East as well as the production and consumption of art and literature in Canada between 1914 and 1918. Visitors will also see unique examples of European and Middle Eastern "trench art", a term which refers to objects made by soldiers in times of conflict as well as those made of spent artillery shells and other military equipment by civilian artisans after the cessation of hostilities. Another central part of the exhibit is the so-called "J.M. Diary." The curator is inviting the public to solve the mystery of who illustrated this fascinating first-hand visual account.

Help solve the History Mystery!

History mystery of Great War diary. View the diary here


Image: On the March, Sketchbook page signed "J.M." 1917-1918
University of Victoria Archives

Natural | Supernatural

Natural | Supernatural

Nuu-chah-nulth Serigraph Prints from the University of Victoria's Permanent Collection

June 16, 2014 to May 31, 2015

Curated by Allison Grey Noble and Caroline Riedel

First Peoples House

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This exhibition of serigraph prints by artists Patrick Amos, Joe David, Ron Hamilton (Chuuchkamalthnii), Tim Paul, Art Thompson (Tsa-Qwass-Upp), and Glen Webster visually articulates knowledges of histories and stories that are important to the people of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations. These prints are from the university's permanent collection and originate from the print making studio of Vincent Rickard, who worked with these artists in the 1980s and 1990s. Rickard and donors George and Christiane Smyth have given the university nearly 3,000 contemporary Northwest Coast prints, making UVic's collection the most comprehensive in Canada.

Image: Supernatural, Joe David (Nuu-chah-nulth)

Upcoming

The Hot Line

Karl Spreitz: Self-Propelled

March 7 to July 26, 2015

Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell & Naomi Shields

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Spreitz uses whimsy and paradoxical imagery to challenge the conventions of mundane life. This self-driven, multi-talented connoisseur developed an authentic artistic style that echoes his character and life experiences. Anti-authority satire, human mechanization, and formal compositions derive from his Austrian upbringing, athletic training, and film and photography career. This selective retrospect presents various artwork, film, photographs and ephemera documenting Spreitz’s life and cultural contributions.

Image Maybe the Rooster Came First Karl Spreitz | Gouache and ink on paper, c, 1978. Gift of Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

The Hot Line

Making a Scene!
Victoria’s Artists in the 1960's

April 2 to June 27, 2015

Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell & Naomi Shields

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

The 1960s marked a growing cultural awareness and pride in the contemporary visual arts of Victoria. Events such as the B.C. centennial celebrations in 1958 and Expo ‘67 created a widespread impetus for experimental cultural production. The opening of the University of Victoria’s Gordon Head campus expanded local arts education, which coincided with the opening of new commercial and public galleries. Both developments drew professional artists, often with international roots, to Victoria. At the same time a cultural resurgence was taking place in Indigenous art partly supported by the Provincial Museum’s Thunderbird Park carving program as well as new Indigenous owned and operated galleries and commercial ventures.

This exhibition features a selection of work by resident artists including Maxwell Bates, Henry Hunt, Eric Metcalfe, Robin Skelton, and Ina D.D. Uhthoff to demonstrate the spontaneous activity and networks that brought contemporary art to the forefront of B.C.’s capital city.

Image The Hot Line Robin Skelton | Collage on paper, ca. 1956-1968. UVic Special Collections, Robin Skelton fonds, SC114 Acc.#1991-093, 1.1.

History Mystery

Little Grey Home In The Wet

Help solve the History Mystery!

History mystery of Great War diary. View the diary here

A two-volume leather diary of the First World War is missing the name of its soldier diarist and the University of Victoria is hoping history buffs or family members will help solve the mystery.
J.M.'s World War I sketchbooks, signed simply "J.M." and housed within UVic Special Collections and University Archives for more than three decades, contain approximately 130 sketches and drawings ranging from caricatures to sombre images of trench art, by a British soldier based in France and Belgium in 1917 and 1918.

"It's a history mystery worthy of its own exhibition," says Dr. Marcus Milwright of UVic's Department of Art History & Visual Studies. He is the curator of the Arts of World War I exhibit which opened Nov. 7 at UVic and says he knew right away there was one item in the collections he "just had to use. But there's only one problem: I have no idea who it actually belonged to."

UVic has no record of where the diary came from, only that it was purchased from a private seller. UVic Libraries has been trying for some time to solve this mystery as well and is hoping the war's centennial will spark new leads. Milwright's theory is it was sold by a family member, possibly through an estate sale following the death of J.M.'s daughter.

"The dedication says, 'To my daughter, Adele'," adds Milwright. The images "look to me like book illustrations, so it's probable J.M. was a trained painter or illustrator."

If anyone knows anything about J.M., Adele M. or the diary, please contact Milwright at mmilwrig@uvic.ca.

Image: Little Grey Home In The Wet, Volume 1, J.M. Sketchbooks, 1917-1918
University of Victoria Archives

Events

Sunspots & Horizons

Artist Talk

with artists:

Laura Dutton of Legacy Art Gallery's IN SESSION - ONE


Mike Andrew McLean (of Art Gallery of Greater Victoria's In Another Place, And Here


Thursday | March 12 | 7PM


Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Free & open to the public

City Talks Lecture Series

A Distinguished Lecture Series Sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Committee for Urban Studies A Public Dialogue about the Prospects and Challenges of Cities

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street


Spring 2015

Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City


Thursday, March 26, Doors 7 | Talk 7:30

Contested Places, Contested Pasts: Race, Place and the Politics of Memory in Contemporary Budapest

Ken Foote | Professor and Department Head, Department of Geography, University of Connecticut

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Thursday, April 16, Doors 7 | Talk 7:30

How Can the European Left Deal with the Threat Posed by Xenophobia?

Glyn Forde | Steering Committee of Unite Against Fascism and former member of the European Parliament

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