1988

January

The WAG initiates its Art Reach program this year, which involves the transport, educational programming, and display of works from the...
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March

The WAG takes an uncharacteristically partisan position in its spring newsletter in a highly politicized national debate surrounding the...
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April

The WAG hosts separate lectures by two distinguished scholars, British popular culture analyst and historian Dick Hebdige and American art...
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The Impossible Self, an exhibition that includes contemporary art investigating the concept of selfhood and identity, opens on April 10. The...
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May

The Naylor Collection opens, an exhibition featuring works drawn from the collection of mostly Canadian and British painting and decorative art...
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October

The WAG becomes the first major Canadian gallery to hire a Curator-in-Residence, Brazilian, Ivo Mesquita. The WAG had connected with Mesquita...
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A year of stellar lectures continues with an address by controversial and internationally acclaimed art critic Robert Hughes at Pantages Theatre.
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The Gallery introduces the Talkback program.  Instituted as an interactive educational initiative to encourage visitors to express their...
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December

Ivan Eyre: Personal Mythologies/Images of the Milieu, a retrospective curated by the WAG’s former Director Terrence Heath, opens on December...
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1989

January

Charles R. Pike, Senior Management Consultant for CP Rail, becomes Board President.

Linda Dooley is elected President of the Volunteer Committee.

Manitoba First Nations artist and curator Robert Houle is hired on a two-month contract as the WAG’s first Artist-in-Residence.  
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Out of Tradition: Abraham Anghik/Ruben Piqtoukun opens on January 15. The work in the exhibition, by two Inuit brothers living in southern...
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April

The WAG Volunteer Committee receives the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award for Arts and Humanities.

 

Also in April, the Gallery acquires 100 works of contemporary Inuit sculpture, work produced since 1970, from University of Saskatchewan English...
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July

The WAG receives its largest single donation. The Department of Indian and Northern Affairs gives a collection of over 1,400 Inuit graphics,...
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September

On September 2, the WAG mounts the first of its new Studio Series, month-long exhibitions focusing on the work of contemporary Manitoba artists....
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Bill Viola: Installations and Videotapes, an exhibition of the work of the well-known American video artist organized by the Museum of Modern Art...
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October

In October and November, and January 1990, Manitoba sculptor Marcel Gosselin is Artist-in-Residence at the WAG.  His residency is unique for...
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The WAG marks the bicentenary of the French Revolution with the exhibition L’image de la Révolution Française, borrowed from...
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1990

January

John Greene becomes Board President.

The exhibition The First Passionate Collector opens, featuring work from Ian Linday’s 1985 donation of Inuit sculpture.

February

Dutch Curator Els Hoek spends two months at the WAG as the institution’s second Curator-in-Residence.

March

An exhibition of artist Eric Cameron’s “thick paintings” opens.  Cameron is a conceptual artist and an active proponent of...
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The public forum Art and Outrage, organized by and held at the WAG, addresses issues of artistic controversy and censorship in public galleries....
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April

The Holman Eskimo Co-operative donates over 600 graphics produced at its print shop.  Founded in 1961, the print co-op was a means of...
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June

On June 6, the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery presents A French Country Picnic on the Rooftop, an auction of picnic tablecloths...
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September

Nine WAG employees are laid off and six positions are reduced to half time. Programming initiatives are significantly reduced. The move reflects,...
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November

Robert McKaskell is hired as the WAG’s Academic Curator, a post he maintains in conjunction with an Associate Professorship at the...
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December

On December 15 Colin Campbell: Media Works 1975–1990, an exhibition of work by this pioneering Manitoba-born video artist...
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The first major retrospective exhibition of Winnipeg watercolourist and printmaker H. Valentine Fanshaw (1878–1940) opens on December...
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1991

January

Heather Beecroft is elected President of the Volunteer Committee.

April

An installation by internationally acclaimed Yugoslavian artist Braco Dimitrijević opens at the WAG. An installation of another international...
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The WAG acquires, through funds made available from an anonymous donor, the Cotter Collection. The collection, comprising almost 60 objects,...
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An exhibition showcasing a selection of works donated to the WAG from Samuel B. Nitikman (1899–1982) opens.  Nitikman was a...
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UnNatural Acts, an exhibition exploring Canada’s modern, city-based existence and the urban environment, opens at the Barbican Gallery in...
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May

A WAG-organized solo exhibition of the work of contemporary Canadian installation artist Kim Adams opens. Kim Adams had already travelled...
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Maxine Ratner (left) and Betty Searle, of the Winnipeg Art Gallery Volunteer Committee, hold two of 65 works by Manitoba artists on display in a...
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September

British curator James Peto becomes the WAG’s third Curator-in-Residence.

October

Pudlo Pudlat: Thirty Years of Drawing opens on October 6. Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibition of the Cape Dorset master...
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November

The blockbuster exhibition Spirit of Ukraine: 500 years of Painting, bringing in over 20,000 visitors by the time it closes in November. In...
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December

An exhibition exploring the depiction of animals in contemporary art, Wild Things, opens. Billed as a “family-oriented exhibition,” it...
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1992

January

Longtime community activist and WAG volunteer Valerie Fraser (1930–2002) becomes Board President.

 

Colleen Cutschall becomes the WAG’s fourth Artist-in-Residence.

The WAG’s first Family Sunday event is held. Supported by the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the program provides the opportunity for...
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On January 19, Eleanor Bond: Social Centres opens, a WAG-organized solo exhibition of one of Winnipeg’s best-known painters. In this...
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February

As part of the Manitoba Studio Series, the WAG screens the controversial and comical 1990 video We’re Talking Vulva by Winnipeg performance...
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March

The WAG newsletter announces that Kathleen Richardson, longtime supporter of the arts in Winnipeg, had been awarded the Edmund C. Bovey Award for...
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April

Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995), WAG Director from 1953 to 1974 celebrates his 90th birthday at the Gallery.

August

Carol Phillips resigns as Director.

December

The exhibition Achieving the Modern: Canadian Abstract Painting and Design in the 1950s opens.  The exhibition is an innovative survey of...
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1993

January

Michel V. Cheff, previously Chief Curator at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, becomes the WAG’s new Director.

The WAG purchases the Mall Medical Building, located south of the Gallery within the same plot of land. The building would be transformed into the...
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The WAG’s long-serving and distinguished Director of Development, Geraldine Wilson (d. 2003), retires.

 

Jasmina Jovanovic-Vlaovic becomes the Gallery’s Paper Conservator replacing Cynthia Ball.

 

 

February

Thomas Hoving (1931–2009), former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, delivers a lecture in the WAG’s Muriel...
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March

Masters of Craft, an exhibition of 71 works by 10 artists who had won the nationally coveted Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts since...
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Cartographies: 14 Latin American Artists opens.  The exhibition is curated by Brazilian curator Ivo Mesquita, former WAG...
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April

The Volunteer Committee donates an important four-piece fabric wallhanging, Four Seasons of the Tundra, by Baker Lake artist Ruth Qaulluaryuk.
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Multiple Realities: Images of Shamanic Transformation opens on April 17. The exhibition draws from the WAG’s collection of 90 Inuit...
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May

Brazilian sculptor Iole de Freitas becomes the WAG’s fifth Artist-in-Residence. Her work Winnipeg can be seen displayed permanently in the...
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June

José Koes becomes President of the Volunteer Committee.

September

Kate Davis (1951–2010) becomes the WAG’s Deputy Director.

October

On October 9, the WAG mounts a retrospective of the work of Ojibwa artist Jackson Beardy (1944–1984) titled Jackson Beardy: A Life’s...
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1994

January

A Portrait of David, a photographic exhibition by the Winnipeg-born conceptual artist Micah Lexier, opens on January 30.  The exhibition...
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April

Design and Product: C. R. Ashbee and the Guild of Handicraft opens at the WAG, an exhibition exploring the work of English architect, designer,...
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April 21 to 24, the Board of Governors and the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery present Art in Bloom, a popular WAG fundraiser...
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September

A new studio class is offered exploring various forms of Chinese calligraphy. It is taught by the WAG’s latest Artist-in Residence, Joseph...
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October

The group photography exhibition Quotation: Re-presenting History opens. It explores contemporary artists mining the cannon of Western art history...
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December

The WAG acquires Deeds #5, August 19–22, 1991 its first (and to date only) work by Canadian iconoclast Greg Curnoe (1936–1992), with...
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One of the WAG’s cherished 16th century Bisham Abbey tapestries, part of its magnificent Gort Collection, is returned after having been...
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1995

January

A pool table autographed by the Rolling Stones, the main prize for a fundraising raffle for the United Way, goes on display at the WAG.

February

To mark Manitoba’s 125th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Manitoba Arts Council, the WAG organizes the exhibition...
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March

Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Verona, Italy, hosts an exhibition of Inuit art curated by WAG Curator of Inuit Art, Darlene...
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The WAG hosts lectures by a number of national and internationally renowned scholars, including political philosopher Arthur Schafer, artist and...
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May

The WAG honours longtime active volunteer Marjorie Tadman Drache (1905–1998) on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Live bees in the Gallery! Aganetha Dyck, a major solo exhibition of the nationally renowned Manitoba artist, opens. The exhibition, which is...
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June

Toronto artist Alan Belcher displays Complex ’95 (Winnipeg) in the Gallery’s  Eckhardt Hall. The architectural installation...
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The exhibition Women’s Art/Women’s Lives: Women Artists in Manitoba Prior to 1955 opens at the WAG. Part of the province’s...
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July

The Gallery’s newsletter reports on the architectural challenges that result from Manitoba’s harsh climate. “Winnipeg’s...
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September

Mary Jo Hughes becomes Curator of Historical Art.

A call is printed in the WAG newsletter asking people to protest federal government funding cuts to museums in Manitoba; the notice includes a...
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November

A-Dress: States of Being opens. The group exhibition explores the social construction of the dress, the dress as something more than just an...
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1996

January

Business executive Robert C. Hain becomes Board President.

Judith Hall becomes President of the Volunteer Committee.

The internationally renowned Mexican artist Helen Escobedo (1934–2010) becomes the WAG’s eighth Artist-in-Residence.  To see...
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With over 20,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the WAG finds itself in need of greater storage space. Director Michel V. Cheff...
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June

The WAG hosts a memorial exhibition of work by the late Canadian iconoclast Greg Curnoe, organized by the National Gallery of Canada.

July

The WAG begins hosting ArtWalk, a walking tour of the “hottest galleries in town.”

October

Famed actor, writer, director, and humanitarian spokesman Sir Peter Ustinov (1921–2004) visits Winnipeg to launch the WAG Studio Building...
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The Art of Mary Pratt: The Substance of Light opens at the WAG. Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, the exhibition brings...
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Art & Soul proves the most successful to date, with a record attendance of over 700 guests and 150 volunteers. The event, which included a...
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November

The WAG receives 20 works of late 19th century to early 20th century glass from Arthur King of Montreal. The acquisition adds to the 50 works King...
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The WAG displays 73 works by Manitoba photographer David McMillan documenting the artist’s trip to Ukraine a decade after the nuclear...
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The WAG hosts an artist’s forum exploring the question of what role a public art gallery plays within its community. Facilitated by Ralph...
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December

The WAG launches the Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt Memorial Fund to commemorate the life of the Gallery’s longest serving director. Donations to...
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Kathleen Campbell, the WAG’s former Curator of Decorative Arts, is named Curator Emerita in recognition of her significant curatorial...
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1997

January

Dr. George R. Fuller, faculty member in the University of Manitoba’s Department of Interior Design, becomes Board President.

February

The WAG acquires Wharf, Beaupré by Maurice Cullen (1866–1934) as a gift from Dr. Leonard and Hope Kahane.  
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April

Tom Smart joins the Gallery as Chief Curator.

A record flood during exerts great strain on southern Manitoba and the citizens of Winnipeg. The WAG provides free admission to flood victims and...
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Wanda Koop: Paintings for Dimly Lit Rooms/Paintings for Brightly Lit Rooms opens on April 6. The WAG-organized large-scale painting installation...
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June

With financial support from Dr. Robert T. Ross and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation, the WAG acquires its first painting by Canadian artist...
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October

The WAG exhibition Inuit Woman: Life and Legend in Art opens in Thessaloniki, Greece, on October 1, as part of that city’s celebrations as...
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December

The Art and Expression of the Netsilik, a major WAG-organized exhibition surveying the art of the Netsilik Inuit, opens on December 7.  With...
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On December 10, the WAG publishes the first of its five Focus series. Each publication examines a distinct strength of the Gallery’s...
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