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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1968

March

The WAG-organized exhibition Directions in Western Canadian Printmaking, along with a handsomely designed catalogue, testifies to the continued...
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April

Gustavo da Roza, accompanied by architectural colleague Isadore Coop (1926–2003), makes several consultation and fact-finding trips to...
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June

The Gallery’s collection of Inuit sculpture goes on display at Winnipeg’s Pan Am Swimming Pool. It remains there “until the new...
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Mary Beamish becomes President of the Women’s Committee.

November

On November 1, Canada Post issues a stamp featuring an image of an Inuit carving from the WAG’s collection, Two Women with Child (c. 1958)....
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December

The WAG hires Bonnie Pitman as its Art Educator, replacing Joyce Adamson who had left in 1964. Pitman would remain in Winnipeg until 1970, after...
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1969

January

The Gallery exhibits Edvard Munch: The Graphic Work, a WAG-organized show that circulated to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton), Seattle...
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February

Another major exhibition of contemporary American art—the second in two years—opens at the WAG on February 7. The WAG-organized OK...
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March

The Women’s Committee organizes La Soirée Française, a black-tie Gallery fundraising gala at the Centennial Concert Hall. A...
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September

On Septembe 5, Dorothea Lange, an exhibition organized and toured by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and consisting of over 60 photographs,...
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A couple of weeks later, the WAG Board of Governors and Building Committee announce a call for tenders for construction of the new art gallery...
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December

Building construction begins.

1970

May

This year, Manitoba officially celebrates its centenary as a Canadian province. To mark the anniversary, the WAG organizes the first major...
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Also in May, the WAG’s collection of modern Canadian art expands significantly with a second donation from the late Toronto art dealer...
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June

Valerie Fraser (d. 2002), a dedicated community activist, becomes President of the Women’s Committee.

October

The Gallery announces the hiring of Jacqueline Fry (1923–1991) as Curator of Non-Western Art, her husband Dr. Philip Fry as Curator of...
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November

During the twelfth Winnipeg Show, Montreal artist Roger Vilder’s Every Man's Dream No. 1 (a breast made of silicone) is stolen from the...
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December

The exhibition The Screen Shop: Recent Winnipeg Prints opens, exposing audiences to the creative activities of the Grand Western Canadian Screen...
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1971

February

The Manitoba Centennial Citizens’ Committee, chaired by Winnipeg businessman Samuel Nathan Cohen (1919–1988), hands over one million...
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March

The Gallery acquires sculptor Leo Mol’s (1915–2009) bronze head of Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson. Funds for the purchase were...
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Around the same time, Joanne Bryers is hired as Art Educator in the spring, replacing Bonnie Pitmann. Bryers would later marry Canadian painter...
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In anticipation of the opening of its new building in late September, the WAG reveals its first logo. Created by Winnipeg artist and graphic...
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Around the same time, Joanne Bryers is hired as Art Educator in the spring, replacing Bonnie Pitmann. Bryers would later marry Canadian painter...
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September

On September 25, HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930–2002) and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, officially open the...
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While the event is a resounding success, with well over 6,000 people touring the building over two inaugural days, a building trades strike had...
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The Find Yourself posters, promoting the opening of the Gallery, are a big hit. Made of reflective material, they create the same effect as a...
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To mark the opening of the new building, the WAG acquires one of its most significant collections, the 4,000-piece collection of Inuit art from...
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November

Businessman and community leader William John Antliff Bulman becomes Board President. He is the grandson of William John Bulman (1870–1938),...
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