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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1972

January

January 18: With the strike over and all the jobs complete, the Gallery celebrates its re-opening with a “First Night” gala opening....
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March

The Gallery’s restaurant opens on the Penthouse level in March. “Managed and operated by the owners of the popular Old Swiss Inn on...
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June

The WAG acquires close to 180 Inuit sculptures presented to the Gallery by heirs of the late Bessie Bulman (d. 1972). To hear John Bulman,...
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Opening on June 15, the exhibition Conceptual Decorative: Prints by Les Levine, 1965–1970, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, is...
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July

The Gallery’s Art Education Department begins its Come Do-Come See classes for children.  The Come Do-Come See program offers art...
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The Gallery announces that 13th Winnipeg Show planned for November is cancelled, making the 12th instalment of the exhibition in 1970 the last...
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August

Treaty Numbers 23, 287, 1171 opens on August 12. The WAG-organized exhibition, featuring work by Daphne Odjig, Jackson Beardy...
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October

Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) celebrates his 20th anniversary as WAG Director. To hear Dr. Stephen Borys, current Executive Director of...
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November

The WAG continues to distinguish itself as an important venue for decorative arts with the exhibition The Development of English Porcelain,...
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1973

May

The WAG’s elegant modernist rooftop sculpture garden opens to the public.

June

Diane Oades becomes President of the Women’s Committee.

October

Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) celebrates his 20th anniversary as WAG Director.  Board President W. John A. Bulman comments that...
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Dr. Ann Davis is hired as Curator of Canadian Art.

For the first time, the WAG newsletter lists a wide array of Studio classes offered by the Gallery for both children and adults.  Classes...
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November

The estate of the late Arnold O. Brigden (1886–1972) donates a significant collection of close to 600 Canadian, Inuit, and European...
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December

The remaining loaned works from the 28-piece collection of Robert Standish Gage Prendergast Vereker, 7th Viscount Gort (1888–1975) enter the...
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1974

January

The Women’s Committee supports the purchase of the Ivan Eyre painting Tanglewood, marking the City of Winnipeg’s Centennial. Valued at...
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Businessman Augustus Searle Leach Jr. becomes Board President.

April

The Development of Canadian Silver opens on April 3. The WAG-organized exhibition includes almost 200 works on loan from the Henry Birks...
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September

Roger Selby (1934–1995) replaces Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) as WAG Director. The new American Director, specializing in both...
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December

Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté (1899–1974), wife of former Director Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) and internationally acclaimed...
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1975

January

The options available in WAG Studio classes for children, teenagers, and adults expand to include filmmaking, pottery, art appreciation, basic...
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Around the same time, Jean Bloggett is hired as the first curator devoted exclusively to Inuit art. William Kirby becomes the Gallery’s...
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May

The Women’s Committee marks International Women’s Year with the purchase of an Inuit sculpture, Camp Scene, by P.O.V. Abraham...
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June

Vicky Wilson becomes President of the Women’s Committee.

July

Tilt! Pinball Machines 1931–1958, organized by Regina’s Dunlop Art Gallery, opens at the WAG on July 7.  This unorthodox and...
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September

The WAG introduces special membership rates for full-time students and seniors.

November

Two very different exhibitions open at the Gallery, both marking International Women’s Year: Images of Women and Woman as Viewer. The latter...
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December

The WAG awards its one-millionth visitor to the new Gallery building with a framed colour print by artist Don Proch.