Monday 17 May 2010

May 20 Media Preview of McMichael Gallery's rehang of the pernament collection and two show openings!!!

You are invited to a Media Preview for the stunning new installation of the gallery’s permanent collection and two new exhibitions:

The Group of Seven: Revelations and Changing Perspectives
Following in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven
Dorothy Knowles: Land Marks
Along with the launch of our innovative website:
FootPrints: Legacy of the Group of Seven

THURSDAY • MAY 20 • 2010
11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Ave. (north of Major Mackenzie Dr.)

The Group of Seven: Revelations and Changing Perspectives

Curated by Katerina Atanassova, Sharona Adamowicz-Clements, Chris Finn
Opening May 22, 2010

Experience the exceptional new installation of our renowned permanent collection. To mark the 90th anniversary of the Group of Seven’s first exhibition, rarely seen works from the McMichael collection and private collections are arrayed in the galleries in new and dynamic ways, opening up new themes and ideas to explore.

Following in the Footsteps of the Group of Seven
Curated by Sharona Adamowicz-Clements and Linda Morita
May 22 to September 6, 2010

For over thirty years, art enthusiasts Jim and Sue Waddington have been locating the exact sketching sites for artworks by Group of Seven members. This enchanting exhibition showcases the Group’s art alongside stunning photographs taken of the original locations that inspired these artworks some eighty years ago.

FootPrints: Legacy of the Group of Seven,
Inspired by the Waddingtons’ story, this virtual exhibition using Web 2.0 technology promises to transform how the McMichael and Canadian art are shared with the world. The site is divided into three layers: ADVENTURES links Group of Seven artworks to a corresponding Waddington story; the McMICHAEL STORY features over 200 unique art objects; and the COMMUNITY FORUM is designed to encourage Canadians to share how art, nature, and the creative spirit plays a role in their lives.
The McMichael wishes to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.
Additionally, we wish to thank ecentricarts inc. and David Tarnow, Documentary and Multimedia Producer.

Dorothy Knowles: Land Marks
Organized by the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery
Curated by Terry Fenton
May 22 to September 12, 2010

This exhibition celebrates Knowles’ favourite subjects—the lush river valleys and prairie landscapes that characterized her rural childhood. Knowles radically chose to document her own backyard during a time when abstract art was rapidly gaining ground.

About the Gallery

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,500 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and Inuit artists. The gallery is located at 10365 Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For directions and information, visit
Media Contact

Stephen Weir, Publicist
Gallery: 905.893.1121 ext. 2529
Toronto Office: 416.489.5868
Cell: 416.801.3101