Billy Gauthier, Northern Frigidaire Diet, serpentine, antler (moose and caribou), horn (muskox), slate, 2012, photo: Photo courtesy of Spirit Wrestler Gallery
The Rooms is honored to host the first solo exhibition by Billy Gauthier in his home province. Gauthier is an artist and activist of Inuit and Métis ancestry whose inspiration comes directly from an intimate connection with the land and culture of his home in North West River, Labrador. For decades, Gauthier has developed his artistic practice into a complex, detailed, and vibrantly dynamic body of work. His sculptures are characterized by his attention to detail and an ability to illustrate stories. In telling these stories, Gauthier has become a vocal protector of the environment and whole-heartedly advocates for its conservation alongside traditional Inuit practices.
Curatorial Advisors: Heather Igloliorte, Darryn Doull
Hidden Histories is an artistic response by Logan MacDonald to experiencing the collections of Indigenous artifacts housed at The Rooms. The artworks speak to MacDonald’s Indigenous ancestral connections, specifically in navigating issues of belonging and acknowledging cultural erasure. He critically pulls together examinations of how Indigenous artifacts are collectively held and defined within an institutional repository while imagining further personal ancestral connections to the cultural production of these material items. MacDonald creatively blurs the lines between cultural fact and family fiction, inserting the examination of his own Indigenous ancestry into the institutional framework of archiving Indigenous belongings.
Jordan Bennet, tamiow tle’owin, 2016
Taking place on the 70th anniversary of confederation with Canada, this exhibition gathers close to 100 artworks, images and objects from across The Rooms art gallery, archives and museum collections to ask questions about how histories are told and re-told. The exhibition examines the period after Confederation in 1949, placing historical works in conversation with works by contemporary artists. This is the second part of a ground-breaking, two-part series that looks at the art history and iconography of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication that marks the first comprehensive art history of the province.
The next installation of Truth or Myth? draws on the permanent collection to explore the changing relationship between cultural identity and food in Newfoundland and Labrador, as portrayed by artists such as Grant Boland, Martin Lyons, Derrick Pottle, Mary Pratt, and Helen Parsons Shepherd.
Grant Boland, High Class Candies, oil on canvas, 2002. Photo credit: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Collection