The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) in Charlottetown is planning an engaging summer featuring an array of historic and contemporary visual art. Exhibitions are set to open at various times in the coming weeks and will be on display for the Summer Gallery Opening June 11.
Opening May 7, the exhibition Shannon Bool: The Shape of Obus foregrounds Bool’s recent research on the erotic drawings and interior spaces produced by the influential and controversial architect, designer and urban planner Le Corbusier. In various mediums, including tapestry, collages and sculpture, the artist reveals repressed aesthetic influences in both visual art and architecture.
Opening June 4, the exhibition RE: visiting tracks the changing careers of eight notable Canadian artists by bringing their recent work into comparison with earlier pieces in the CCAG collection. These pairings, which function as focal points of artistic biographies, illuminate the way the trajectories of individual lives and careers reshape our interpretation of works of art from the past. Featured artists include K.C. Adams, Ron Shuebrook and Jin-me Yoon.
Opening June 11, the exhibition The Summer Trade uses images and artifacts to chronicle 150 years of PEI tourism through thematic modules such as promotion, attractions and souvenirs. Stretching from the early Victorian period to today’s economic juggernaut, the summer trade has consistently promoted the restorative effects of the province’s healthy climate, pastoral landscape, and rural culture to continually refine the tools it uses to reach, attract, and satisfy visitors. It is a tale of tourists in search of what travel brings: entertainment, experience, and the recovery of innocence.
Also on view this summer is Matues Revisited, a gathering of vibrant porcupine quillwork art created by The Quill Sisters collective comprised of Melissa Peter-Paul, Kay Sark and Cheryl Simon. These artists from Epekwitk have dedicated their time, passion, and creativity to reinvigorating the unique and dynamic tradition of Mi’kmaw quillwork embellishment on birchbark forms. The artform holds teachings in sustainability, environmental awareness, patience and gratitude evident in every step of quillwork creation and will be presented in the Frederick and Ogden Martin Concourse Gallery.
The CCAG is also preparing for The ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Manuscript: L.M. Montgomery and the Creation of Anne. This online exhibition explores the handwritten pages of the beloved novel and explores Montgomery’s creative process, her legacies, and her Island through expert commentary and interactive materials.
This is the final month to catch CCAG’s spring exhibitions before they close, including John Hartman: Many Lives Mark This Place, Visible Storage: A CCAG Collection Project, and The Secret Codes: Quilts from and inspired by Nova Scotia’s Black communities.