1958

February

A memorial exhibition for Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956), organized by the National Gallery of Canada, opens on February 23. The...
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April

The “controversial” portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Italian painter Pietro Annigoni (1910–1988), on tour through Canada, is...
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May

The Women’s Committee decides to focus its purchases of works of art for the Gallery on contemporary Canadian art, the work of Lionel...
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Around the same time, the Gallery initiates its Extension Services Department. For the first time, the Gallery organizes and tours circulating...
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Modern Italian Art from the Estorick Collection opens on May 15. This exhibition, arranged for tour in Canada by the National Gallery of Canada,...
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June

A naked man is spotted entering one of the Gallery’s offices on the third floor of the Auditorium. He “surprised a young secretary who...
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Painting in the Park begins in the summer as a program offered for schoolchildren by the Women’s Committee, with local artists leading...
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September

The Gallery announces that the Canada Council has awarded it a $10,000 grant, a gesture that effectively places it in the same exclusive tier as...
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November

On November 8, the Gallery hosts the fourth annual Winnipeg Show. One of the jurors, Dr. Robert Hamilton Hubbard (1916–1989), Chief Curator...
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December

It is announced that the Women’s Committee has received a $1,000 grant from the Canada Council to purchase works of contemporary Canadian...
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1959

January

Cape Dorset becomes the first Inuit community to produce an annual print collection. The Women’s Committee, which had to date focused almost...
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February

The Gallery draws together loans of 23 bronze sculptures and nine graphic works for an exhibition of the internationally prominent sculptor...
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April

The Gallery’s Extension Services Department reports great success. In 1959, there are 21 exhibitions of prints and coloured slides, from...
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Members of the Gallery’s Women’s Committee embark for San Francisco to attend the third annual Volunteer Committees of Art Museums...
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May

The Gallery assists the Great-West Life Assurance Company in selecting works of art for the company’s new office building. The art selected...
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On May 21, the Gallery announces that it has commissioned Cecil Richards (1907–1981) to create the bronze sculpture Tree of Life, through...
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June

Dr. Charles Richard Hiscocks (1907–1998), Professor of Political Science at the University of Manitoba (1950–1964) becomes Board...
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November

The fifth Winnipeg Show attracts the largest number of submissions to date.

December

A Junior Committee forms at the Gallery through encouragement from the Women’s Committee. The Junior Committee, made up of individuals...
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1960

January

The Gallery mounts its first Tony Tascona (1926–2006) exhibition and acquires its first canvas by this Winnipeg abstract painter, Green...
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The Gallery also opens its Picture Rental Library, funded by the Junior League. The success of the program is reported a few years later. To hear...
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June

Architect Herbert Henry Gatenby Moody (1903–1991) becomes Board President.
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November

Paintings Graphics by Don Reichert, opens on November 15.

December

The Gallery, through funds raised by the Women’s Committee, makes its first major acquisition of Inuit art from the collection of professor...
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A major exhibition of the Dutch Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) opens on December 16. Exhibition attendance reaches almost...
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1961

April

The Gallery celebrates the invaluable role of its main volunteer base with the exhibition The First Ten Years of the Women’s Committee: An...
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June

Connie Glover becomes President of the Women’s Committee. Her daughter, Patricia, becomes a curator in the seventies and Director of the...
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September

The exhibition Recent British Sculpture, organized by the British Council and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, contributes to...
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1962

January

An exhibition of 46 drawings and sculptures by the Ukrainian artist Alexander Archipenko (1887–1964), organized by the Gallery, goes on...
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The Gallery acquires (in part through funds secured by the Women’s Committee) six oil paintings and five watercolours by the significant...
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April

The Gallery mounts an exhibition in celebration of its 50th anniversary. One commentator writes in the Winnipeg Free Press, “We have a...
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June

Local lawyer William Arthur Johnston becomes President of the Board in 1962.

Dr. Clara Lander (d. 1978) becomes President of the Women’s Committee. A scholar of Ancient Greek and English literature, Lander would go on...
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In June Director Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) travels to Boston, the lone Canadian representative as part of a tour of museums in the...
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October

Robert Standish Gage Prendergast Vereker, 7th Viscount Gort (1888–1975), or Lord Gort, donates the late-Renaissance German painting The...
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1963

January

The Gallery acquires Portrait of a Man in Blue Coat by British Neo-Classical painter George Romney (1734-1802) from William G. Raitt.
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February

20th Century Drawing, an exhibition on loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, opens on February 22. It includes 86 drawings by artists...
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April

The Gallery plans to launch the Great Jewellery Exhibition at the Manitoba Hydro Building on Portage Avenue. The exhibition is scheduled to...
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May

The Winnipeg Art Gallery Association is formally incorporated as the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) by an act of the Manitoba Legislature. The WAG, as...
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1964

March

On March 7, the Gallery hosts the first solo exhibition of Esther Warkov, who would go on to redefine the province’s painting tradition...
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May

Director Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) and Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté (d. 1974) offer a “lasting greeting” to Winnipeg by...
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Ivan Eyre opens at the WAG on May 22, the first solo exhibition of the young Manitoba artist, who would have a significant impact on painting in...
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June

Architect John Alonzo Russell (1907–1966), Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, becomes Board President.  
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Margaret Morse becomes President of the Women’s Committee. To hear more about how she became involved with the WAG, click the link below.
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October

Board President John Alonzo Russell (1907–1966) writes in the WAG newsletter that, after “soul-searching deliberations,” the...
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November

Due to lack of space at the WAG, Eskimo Carvers of Keewatin opens at the Winnipeg International Airport. The exhibition, which includes 118...
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December

The Treasures of Tutankhamun, circulated by the National Gallery of Canada to six national venues, WAG included, opens at the Provincial...
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1965

June

The Gallery announces that it has received a gift of $10,000 from Muriel Sprague Richardson (d. 1973). Richardson is a long-serving member of...
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Around the same time, the WAG's first full-time curator, Illi-Maria Harff, begins working.

November

The WAG’s Canadian historical collection is greatly increased and improved by a donation from the Winnipeg-born, Montreal-based architect...
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1966

January

Merle Guberman becomes President of the Women’s Committee.

 

The WAG’s operating budget has grown from $36,000 in 1959 to $120,000 in 1966, a year that also witnesses the first acquisition fund of...
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On January 3, the WAG becomes the first public gallery in Canada to mount a solo exhibition of the Toronto-based, German-Canadian painter...
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  The exhibition Robert and Sonia Delaunay opens on January 28. A co-effort of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art...
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February

The WAG announces the planned location of a new building on the triangular plot of land bordered by St. Mary Avenue, Colony Street, and Memorial...
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March

The WAG, with support from the Alpha Omega Women’s Alumnae at the University of Manitoba, becomes the first public gallery in Canada to...
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April

With the site of the new art gallery secured, the WAG turns its attention to planning for a new building. The Gallery newsletter reads, “It...
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1967

January

George Aitken, Senior Vice-President of the Great-West Life Assurance Company, becomes Board President. Walter Gramatté: Paintings,...
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February

Contemporary Americans opens on February 8.. The WAG-organized exhibition includes 24 prints and paintings by some of the best known and emerging...
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April

The National Gallery of Canada’s first comprehensive exhibition of Canadian hand crafts opens at the WAG on April 7. The exhibition includes...
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June

On June 5, the WAG opens an exhibition celebrating the Canadian Centennial, Canadian Art of our Time. It includes close to 60 works, most of which...
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November

The Gallery is the public gallery to organize a solo exhibition for an Inuit artist with Tikito of Cape Dorset. The show includes 25...
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December

Calligraphy in Islamic Textiles, from the Smithsonian Institute, goes on display on December 7. The exhibition attests to the continuing...
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On December 18, the Gallery announces the results of the architectural competition to design the new WAG building. The winner is the relatively...
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