Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions at PAMA include:

Ronald Bloore: Black and White

Jan. 31 - May 26, 2019
Art Gallery

Opening event: Sunday Feb. 24, 2 - 4 p.m.
Black and white image with geometric shapes
This exhibition explores the compositional space created by a leading member of the Regina Five; a group of artists who challenged the conventions of Canadian painting during the 1960s. This selection of works from PAMA's collection brings together a lesser known vein of the artist's oeuvre and provides PAMA with an opportunity to research and present new ideas on this body of work. This collection of works shows Bloore maintaining his structural compositional focus while emphasising his hard-edged approach to abstract forms (rooted in architectural forms) through the use of colour and space or presence and absence within the field.

Curator Talk with Darrin Martens: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2 - 3 p.m.
Talk with Timothy Long (Head curator Mackenzie Art Gallery): Sunday, Apr. 7 2 - 3 p.m.

Ronald Langley Bloore, Canadian (1925-2009)
31/5/80, 1980, Sumi ink on Arches paper
35.5 x 50.8 cm
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Art Gallery Collection
Gift of Mr. Geordie Brown, 1998
© The estate of Ronald Bloore

Selections from the Vault - Series 1

Feb. 7 - May 5, 2019
Art Gallery 

Opening event: Sunday Feb. 24, 2 - 4 p.m.
Wooded area with stream in winter
Selections from the Vault is an ongoing series of permanent collection-based art exhibitions with thematic sections that include work by leading Canadian and international artists. This series will showcase the breadth and depth of PAMA holdings, facilitate new conversations about Canadian and international art within PAMA's art collection, and dialogues with our temporary exhibitions. 

Talk & Sketch Sessions
First Sunday of the month, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 7, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Frank Hans (Franz) Johnston, Canadian (1888-1949)
Close of Day, n.d., oil on masonite
29.2 x 34.2 cm
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Art Gallery Collection
Gift of the Peel County Historical Society, 1982
Image courtesy of Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

North is Freedom

Feb. 26 - June 20, 2019
Museum Main Level
Darryl Hogan, descendant of Sam and Jane Harper of Kansas. Copyright Yuri Dojc.

Opening event: Sunday Feb. 24, 2 - 4 p.m.

This photographic essay from Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc celebrates the Canadian descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States in the years before the American Civil War. Their stories are both personal and historical. These Canadians are attuned to their histories and proud of their ancestors' courage.

"This project shows we are all one family...I am as much black as I am white. I am of African slaves as I am of Irish immigrants. I am multiracial and we are all cousins." Carl Stevenson, fifth generation descendant of John H. Meads North is Freedom is supported by TDof Baltimore.                                                                                       

Image: Darryl Hogan, descendant of Sam and Jane Harper of Kansas.
© Yuri Dojc


Mar. 9, 2019 - June 2020Wooden building blocks in several colours and shapes, from around 1910. PAMA Museum Collection.
Museum Manning Square

What's your favourite colour?  Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring colours, their meanings across cultures, and the stories that colours can tell. 

Image: Building blocks, around 1910. Museum Collection, PAMA.

Karen Kaur: Contemporary Sikh Fashion

Mar. 30 - June 9, 2019Woman leaning against a building
Tunnel Gallery

Fashion, as an artform, has traditionally been under-represented within the art gallery/museum world. Exhibitions by leading museums featuring the work of Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Gautier and Iris van Herpen, to name a few, have shifted ideas about fashion and its relationship to art. Karen Kaur notes, "Fashion isn't just about looking pretty, it's about the freedom to express and the right to own body. I want to show Sikh women they can mix religion with fashion and show them it's okay to be stylish and fashionable while still being religious." Questioning Sikh traditions in relation to dress and lifestyle are at the core of this exhibition and exploring ways in which new ideas about fashion and living, as part of the Sikh community, are changing. 

Image: Karan Kaur of @stylewithkaur © Karan Kaur

Refuge Canada
A family poses for a photo, 1949. The little girl in the centre holds a sign that states she is the the 50,000th person to enter Canada. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 [d2013.1912.24].

June 8 - Sept. 8, 2019
Art Gallery

No one wants to be a refugee. Anyone can become one.

Come discover the forces and events that drive people from their homes, and experience their stories of loss, fear, and hope as you join them on their often dangerous journeys to life in a foreign land.

Learn about Canada's role in global refugee crises from the Holocaust through the Pinochet era up to present day. No matter what you currently think, prepare to be surprised.

Logo for Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 / Musée canadien de l'immigration du Quai 21. Black text on white background.
Developed by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.
          Logo of the Government of Canada. The word Canada appears in black text on a white background, red Canadian flag top right.