Tag Archives: History

Dinner with Jane Austen: Silver from the Dr. Bruce & Mrs. Dorothy Brown Collection


April 3 – May 3, 2006

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Patricia C. Kidd

The exhibit has been designed to highlight the extraordinarily fine collection of Georgian silver given to the University of Victoria by Dr. Bruce and Mrs. Dorothy Brown, and focuses on silver which might well have appeared on the dinner tables of many of Jane Austen’s heroines. Visitors will find a formal table laid for the first course of an early eighteenth century meal, together with a host of adjunct displays which fill in the dining details, from taking tea to spooning gruel.

Wadi to Jebel: Humayma – Landscape of Culture

November 7 – December 1, 2005

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Caroline Riedel and Robbyn Gordon Lanning

This was a presentation of the collaborative work of students, faculty and volunteer professionals who have been working under the direction of Dr. John Olseon (Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria) at the Humayma archaeological site in Jordan. This exhibit features historic artifacts and contemporary art forms as well as photography of the site and the relationships formed there. The photos were taken by Robbyn Gordon.

Humayama was on an ancient trade route and was occupied by the Roman military, then Byzantine Christian clergy, and then the Abbasids.

Shashin: Japanese Canadian Studio Photography to 1942

April 21 – June 22, 2005

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Grace Eiko Thomson, from the Nekkei National Museum and Cultural Centre

This exhibition looks back through a period of almost fifty years of history, through the eyes of Japanese Canadian studio photographers who operated in Cumberland, New Westminster, and Vancouver, BC. The studio images reveal subjects from a diversity of communities: European, Chinese, Japanese and African-American immigrants are all depicted, not the province’s lite and workers.

This project was funded by the Community-University Research Alliance.

Changing Hands: Watercolours of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Charles Hay (Lord Newton 1747-1811), Sir Henry Raeburn, watercolour, c.1808

Charles Hay (Lord Newton 1747-1811), Sir Henry Raeburn, watercolour, c.1808

March 4, 2005 – March 24, 2005

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Danielle Hogan

View the online catalogue:

Changing Hands – Catalogue

An exhibit presenting 18th and 19th century watercolour, drawings and prints from the Dr. Sydney W. Jackman Collection. The exhibit displays historically pertinent pieces, as well as some of Dr. Jackman’s personal favourites.


Written on Stone

August 4 – September 9, 2004

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

A presentation of Wendy Ehlers rare black-and-white photographs of petroglyphs and rock formations from Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park and Archeological Preserve in southern Alberta.

Ehlers’s focus is not only on the pictographs and petroglyphs of Writting on Stone Park, but on stones themselves. Ehlers has said she strives to”isolate and preserve in photographic form of the dignity, elegance and mystery found within evocative stone structure.”


Staff Picks: The Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery Collection

July 7 – July 30, 2004

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

A selection of works from the Maltwood Collection that hold particular meaning to the staff. Each staff member has presented two works, included with a summary of what formal, aesthetic, historic or individual significance they find in the work.

Under Wraps: Redressing History

March 23 – April 29, 2004

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

An exhibit featuring textile works by Joanna Rogers that explore the unwritten histories of women. Under Wraps incorporates historical patterns of both men and women’s garments.

Rogers says,

“In Under Wraps, clothes are used to represent history; and quilting patterns represent the whole of women in history. The stitch becomes the symbol for the written word.”

Nk’Mip Chronicles: Drawings from the Osoyoos Museum

February 23 – April 6, 2004

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated Dr. Andrea Walsh, Professor in Anthropology at UVic

This exhibition documents a moment in the evolving relationship between First Nations people and European settlers through children’s eyes. While occasionally expressing a deep sense of wonder at the modern age, these drawings predominantly record vital aspects of traditional Okanagan culture.

In 1931, Anthony Walsh (no relation to Andrea Walsh), an Irish immigrant arrived at the Inkameep Day school near Oliver, B.C. to teach children from eh Osoyoos Indian Band. Walsh encouraged his students to depict the world around them and their way of life. He allowed the children to create freely, in their own style, without the constraints of either classical European representation or traditional aboriginal styles.

The Gordon Head Lands: A Photographic History

April 15 – April 24, 2003

May 27 – June 1, 2003

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

This was the result of an ambitious research project to create a travelling exhibit on the history of the university campus lands. The exhibit is a chronological study of the various occupants and uses of the land before it became a modern university campus in 1963.

Similar Exhibitions

Final Solutions: Are We So Different?

November 9 – December 15, 2002

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

This was an exhibit of multimedia work by Amy Ainbinder that explores the relationship of past horrors and genocide to our world today.

Ainbinder commands a visual vocabulary in a rich variety of media ranging from oil stick and wax to induced rust on metal and railway ties. her work is layered and textured as the stories of anguish and triumph which she retells. Ainbinder has been exploring themes of genocide, human rights abuses and political violence since 1979.

The pieces on this exhibition refer to specific moments in history, mostly centering on the Holocaust, and yet their eloquence speaks to other horrors occuring around us in the present.

Seats For Sale – Art For Show: The Meaning Behind Film Festival Posters

January 31 – February 12, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Jimi Galvao

Seats For Sale – Art For Show: The Meaning Behind Film Festival Posters is a special exhibition project conceived by The Victoria Film Museum Society and is scheduled to open in conjunction with The Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival. The exhibit features a collection of posters from different film festivals around the world.

The word “poster” is a familiar term in contemporary global society. Posters are important communication tools, from political outcry to commercial advertising. Posters also decorate our bedroom walls. They clutter up traffic light posts. They are sold and collected. They have a rich and extensive artistic history. The poster is a complex medium that wears many faces. The film festival, similarly, has a rich history. It is a significant cultural and artistic event that is celebrated around the world year after year.