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From a Modern Time: The Architectural Photography of Hubert Norbury (Victoria Modern Series)

Hubert Norbury

Hubert Norbury

July 1 – August 23, 2009

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Allan Collier

Imagine Victoria when Bastion Square was a parking lot, UVic had no rabbits and Paul’s Diner served the best plate of fries at any hour. A retro Victoria comes alive through the work of architectural photographer Hubert Norbury, on display at the Legacy Art Gallery and Café this summer.

Norbury succeeded in documenting a building boom that transformed Victoria from a sleepy retreat to a vibrant city, rejuvenated by progressive town planning, a new university campus, and an international airport. His photographs serve as a rich and detailed record of a unique era in Victoria’s architectural history when modern ideas and new building technologies were embraced by its architects and increasingly accepted by the general public.

Images include the construction of car parks, medical clinics, high-rise apartments, hospitals, churches, schools, and educational facilities familiar to any long-term resident of Victoria.

Exhibition catalogue: Victoria Modern 2: From a Modern Time: The Architectural Photography of Hubert Norbury: Victoria in the 50s and 60s (2009)

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Victoria Modern Series Catalogues:

Victoria Modern 1: Investigating Postwar Architecture and Design on Southern Vancouver Island: an introduction (2005)

Victoria Modern 3: The Emergence of Architectural Modernism II; UVic and the Victoria Regional Aesthetic in the Late 1950s and 1960s (2011)

Click here for the Victoria Modern website

Architectonics: John Di Castri and West Coast Architectural Modernism

John Di Castri, Dunsmuir House
John Di Castri, Dunsmuir House

August 11 – November 23, 2006

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Professor Martin Segger

A retrospective of John A. Di Castri’s work in celebration of his 80th birthday. Di Castri contributed designs to the Uplands neighbourhood, Dunsmuir House at Ten Mile Point, Colwood, and  the McCall Bros Funeral Directors Ltd. Building in Victoria.

The exhibition included models, sketches, and reproductions of Di Castri’s modernist architecture. The featured models were made by a University of Victoria fine art class under the supervision of architect Chris Gower.

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December 8, 2003 – February 12, 2004

Maltwood Art Museum Gallery

Curated by Jeff Molly

Evolution presents new work from 38 artists who are members of the Victoria College of Art Alumni. This exhibit includes primarily two-dimensional work; from collage constructions and pastel still lifes on paper to large acrylic and mixed media figurative and abstract works on canvas, variety is the theme that holds the work together.

Roderick Haig-Brown: A Legacy

May 24 – July 6, 2001

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Pat George

An exhibit featuring the life and times of inspirational and visionary thinker, Roderick Haig-Brown (1908-1976). On display will be first edition copies of his books, items from his prized fly-fishing tackle collection, and information and artifacts from the Haig-Brown House in Campbell River, designated as a historic site in 1990.

Vapourz: Third Annual Urban Art Exhibition

May 7 – May 18, 2001

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

The third of its kind, this exhibit was put together by first bringing 12 graffiti artists to the University Centre courtyard, giving them spray paint, canvases, and pizza and having them create right then and there what would hang in the gallery. This process was open to the public for viewing and the canvases were sold off in a silent auction after the fact.

Let me speak for all of my fellow grafilthy brothers and sisters when I say that we want to communicate and compromise. Give us a chance … challenge us … open your eyes and see where the energy lies … harness it. And remember the laws of physics … energy cannot be destroyed.

-Spear, BC Crew graffiti artists, 2001

Dresses and Contemplation

November 10 – November 23, 2000

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

An exhibit of artwork by UVic Alumna and artist Pilar Mehlis. The exhibit features paintings of characters that influenced the artists life in both positive and negative ways. Through her art, she creates the atmosphere of an unfinished story so that the spectator can arrive at their own conclusions.

About the Artist:

Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Pilar Mehlis moved to Canada and graduated with a double major in Visual Arts and Art History in 1999. She is an award wining painter, and has had a number of solo exhibitions.

A History of the Gordon Head Campus Land From 11,000 BC to 1970 AD

October 3 – 12, 2000

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

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.

The exhibit is composed of a election of maps, historical and contemporary photographs and drawings gathered from private donors and national archives and museums. Beginning with the most recent ice age in B.C., the exhibit examines the area’s natural history, reconstructs the lifestyle of the Songhees people, documents the arrival of the Hudson’s Bay Company and describes the hardships of early settlers through personal accounts and photographs.

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Honour the Women: Portraits by Manon Elder

Ann Mortifee (portrait), Manon Elder, 1999

Ann Mortifee (portrait), Manon Elder, 1999

February 29 – March 12, 2000

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Features portraits of outstanding B.C. women by Oak Bay artist Manon Elder. Coincides with International Women’s Week, March 5 to 11. The woman were chosen four years prior to the opening of the show and were painted in their homes or workspaces to get a sense of their individuality.

The shortlisted women are: Nelly Auersperg, doctor and medical researcher; Jeannette Armstrong, writer; Rosemary Brown, human rights advocate; Rose Charlie, lawyer; Shush Datt, television producer; (the late) Dorothy Lam, philanthropist; Silken Laumann, Olympic rowing medalist; Ann Mortify, singer; Wendy McDonald, businesswoman; and P.K. Page, poet and artist.

Graven Images IV: “Collaboration”

February 6 – March 26, 1995

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

The exhibition is designed to showcase as many diverse sculptural works as possible, while allowing the viewing public to consider the role and context of public art. Three dimensional sculptural work is presented through two-dimensional visual aids that encourage the viewer to imagine these sculptures in their proposed locations.

Most of the locations feature easily recognizable sites in the Victoria area such as Dallas Road and the entrance to Capital Iron. Visitors not only can enjoy these works as gallery pieces, but also will see the results of the proposal process and the material costs involved in creating works for public enjoyment outside gallery walls.

Delusions of Grandeur: Plans for the Proposed Prince Rupert Hotel

November 20, 1988 – January 15, 1989

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

An exhibit showcasing the Rattenbury architectural plans for the Prince Rupert Hotel, which was never built. Rattenbury was the man responsible for the Empress Hotel, the provincial legislative buildings, the Crystal Gardens and the Bank of Montreal in Bastion Square. The plans and drawings on display were discovered in the attic of the Oak Bay school when snowfall threatened the already decaying integrity of the roof.