Jan 13

Exhibits & Events at the Glenbow Museum!

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A new year means new and exciting events/exhibits at the Glenbow Museum! If you’ve never been to the Glenbow Museum before, now is the perfect time to do it. The Glenbow offers interesting exhibits and fun events all year round.

The Glenbow has a number of exhibits currently being showcased. These include:

1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group - until January 29th, 2017

The Beaver Hall Group are inextricably linked with the history of art in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. Initially considered to be a Montreal counterpart to Toronto’s Group of Seven, the group stood apart through their work: rather than offering an image of Canadian identity through depictions of the untamed landscapes of a northern country, the Montreal artists imbued the inhabited landscapes of a northern culture with the colours of modernity.

Rough Country: The Strangely Familiar in mid-20th Century Alberta Art - until February 5th, 2017

Evocative of the postwar social climate, the perspective of the five Alberta artists in this exhibition can be unsettling, sometimes uncanny or even downright disturbing. Maxwell Bates, Laura Evans Reid, John Snow, W.L. Stevenson and Dorothy Henzell Willis were all born before 1918, and their perspective of a young province and its people belies the myth of Alberta as a land of prosperity and simple beauty. The artists are moved by the hardships of modern life and its contradictions; in their works, melancholy contrasts with the vibrancy of everyday life. Executed with strong colours and distorted perspectives, the art works featured in the exhibition depict a world in which every day activities and intimate portraits become strangely familiar - altered by the artists’ expression of underlying psychological tension and emotional backstories.

One New Work: M.N. Hutchinson: The Last Longest Day - until February 26th, 2017

The third and final installment of the One New Work series focuses on senior Calgary artist M.N. Hutchinson and a project which began in 1999 with Hutchinson taking one photograph every minute of the day on the longest day of the millennium. Selecting from more than 900 photos taken over 19 hours, the exhibition draws on film negatives, contact sheets and new photographic prints made with traditional darkroom methods to depict the adventures of a photographer exploring time and place.

Glenbow also has a number of exciting events that occur every month. Some of the events for January include:

Public Art and Social Practice: Artist talk by Tania Bruguera - Thursday, January 19th @ 6pm

Tania Bruguera is one of the best known contemporary artists of her generation. Born 1968 in Cuba, Bruguera has long operated at the intersection of art and life, exploring the role that the artist and art can play in today’s society and in the realm of politics. For almost three decades Bruguerai’s work has focused on key socio-political issues, such as the defence of freedom of expression and human rights. This talk is part of the Public Art and Social Practice Workshop series jointly offered by The City of Calgary and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery.

Behind the Scenes Tours: Staff Picks: Joanne Schmidt, Acting Curator Indigenous Studies - Wednesday, January 25th & Thursday, January 26th @ 5:30pm
General $20/Members $18. Tickets are limited.

In celebration of Glenbow’s 50th anniversary, these tours showcase not only the amazing material in our collection, but also the incredible people that work here. Discover some unexpected items deep in Glenbow’s storage areas with their knowledgeable technicians.


If you have been wanting to visit the Glenbow, it’s important to note that admission is free on the first Thursday of every month from 5pm - 9pm! This gives access to all of the exhibits and free events that are occurring that night. For any other day, admission pricing is as follows:

Adults: $16
Senior (65+): $11
Student (with valid ID): $11
Youth (ages 7-17): $10
Family (up to 2 adults & 4 youth): $40
Child (ages 6 and under): Free
Members: Free

Planning to drive down? Check out our parking page for great parking deals around downtown.

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