Past Exhibitions

Canadian Women Modernists:
The Dialogue with Emily Carr

April 19 to October 19, 2008


Emily Carr
Red Cedar, 1931
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Gift of Mrs. J.P. Fell
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery



Beatrice Lennie
Night Flight ,1938
plaster and paint
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of Mrs. Louise Brittain
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

In the early years of the twentieth century, working as a female artist was particularly challenging. Nonetheless, there was a strong desire among many female artists to express themselves in a way that was responsive to the modern world and to currents in art.

A key female figure in Canada in this regard is Emily Carr, who made an important career as an artist despite considerable odds. This exhibition places Carr’s accomplishment within the larger context of modernism as practiced by women in this country and illustrates how artists were both influenced by and reacted against her work. Drawn from the collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery with some important loans from private collections of works by Helen MacNicholl, Anne Savage and Kathleen Morris, the exhibition presents the work of Emily Carr and other Canadian figures such as Irene Hoffar Reid, Molly Lamb Bobak, Ghitta Caiserman Roth, Vera Weatherbie, Lilias Farley, Bess Harris, Jori Smith, Joyce Wieland and Beatrice Lennie. Covering six decades from 1900 to approximately 1960, the exhibitionincludes paintings, sculpture and works on paper.

The exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, senior curator, historical.