15 March – 15 May 2018 – Ryerson University – Travelling Exhibit – “Parallels: Women Representing the Great War in Canada and Newfoundland”

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Date(s) - March 15 2018 - May 15 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre - Ryerson University

Presented by the Canadian Centre for the Great War and the Modern Literature Centre at Ryerson University, Parallels: Women Representing the Great War in Canada and Newfoundland explores the wartime careers of three female artists; painter Mary Riter Hamilton, sculptor and Toronto resident Frances Loring, and portrait photographer Elsie Holloway.

Despite the initial negative effect of the war on the art market, Canadian professional artists benefited greatly from the increased demand for “war art” through commissions from the Canadian War Memorials Fund, and private individuals. Parallels looks at the contributions of women artists to the artistic representation of the First World War in Canada, and how their work was shaped by their position in Canadian society. Included in the display are Frances Loring’s sculpting tools, on loan from a private donor, and archive images from Library and Archives Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Rooms Provincial Archives of Newfoundland, and others.

Parallels will be housed in the MLC space on the Ryerson campus from 15 March to 15 May 2018.

Parallels is made possible in part by funding from the Government of Canada, and the generous support of the Jackman Foundation.