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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (17)     +     OPENINGS (8)     +     DEADLINES (7)     +     CLOSINGS (10)
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The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Spring/Summer 2018 Exhibitions

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is proud to acknowledge the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. We are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation which includes Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.

The RMG is a vibrant, engaging public art museum located in Oshawa’s civic centre. An external agency of The City of Oshawa, the RMG is the largest gallery in Durham Region, and occupies an inspired 36,000 square foot building designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson.

Jenn E Norton, Slipstream (detail), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Jenn E Norton: Slipstream
April 14 – September 16, 2018

In an otherwise empty gallery space, six reflective panels are positioned in a ring, facing inward, catching one another in their reflection, creating channels of infinite regress. A dancing figure in the form of a spiraling flurry of silk appears within a reflective frame, disrupting the mirrored image, and moves from one panel to another, seemingly crossing the space that spans between each. As the figure traverses the circumference of the ring it appears infinitely in the cross reflection, where viewers and the dancer appear to share the same physical space.

The movement of the dancer is reminiscent of Loïe Fuller’s serpentine dance of the 19th century. Fuller was a choreographer, costume designer, dancer, and an inventive stage designer published in Scientific American. Credited as a pioneer of modern dance, she used her voluminous robes as a performative sculptural object, radically positioning dance within a conceptual realm. The choreographed movement of the dancer’s robes in this installation, create metamorphic and ephemeral sculptural structures that pass through shifting tones and colours. A trail of mercurial forms emerge from the silk robes, tracing its movements, vivid, and fleeting, the structures grow as tendrils that delineate her path and diminish in her wake. Viewers are invited to explore these structures as augmented reality, using viewing devices provided by the gallery.

Performed by Katie Ewald

Curated by Linda Jansma and Crystal Mowry

Broadbent Sisters, Midnight Forms, short film, 2017. Courtesy of the artists.

Glimmers of the Radiant Real
May 12 – September 9, 2018

Opening reception: Friday, June 1, 7-10pm. Click here to register for a free bus from Toronto.
Catalogue launch: Saturday, June 9, 2-4pm. Click here to register for a free bus from Toronto.

Katie Bethune-Leamen, Broadbent Sisters, Daniel Griffin Hunt, Sanaz Mazinani, Sandy Plotnikoff, Mary Pratt, Cole Swanson, Catherine Telford-Keogh, Xiaojing Yan

What happens when surfaces glitter, gleam, sparkle, and shine? In Glimmers of the Radiant Real, radiance, that quality of projected light we associate so often with the marvelous and the modern, is subverted by the relationship between the quality of a surface and what it covers, reflects, or contains. Surface is the point of contact for the body, it’s skin and texture and touch.

In video, sculpture, photography, and installation, these works invite us to transform as they do, through interactions with surfaces that dazzle, using light to obscure or fracture the images and clarity we expect. They answer a craving for radiance, a desire to be like them, shining and seemingly limitless. They offer the promise of the object made new, but even if they speak in the same material language of the glittering and the precious, the modern, and the transcendent, they speak its opposite, too, a language of obscurity and disappearance, complicating the shining and ideal. They layer the surface substances that gloss the world we know, offering glimmers of a radiant reality where light becomes, not truth illuminated, but something else.

Curated by Sam Mogelonsky and Ruth Jones


Whose Home and Native Land?
May 12, 2018 – September 2019

This installation of the RMG’s permanent collection asks a simple question: Whose Home and Native Land? This takes into account not only the physical landscape, but those who have occupied it for thousands of years and those settlers whose traces can be measured in hundreds of years.

This has been a collaborative venture: along with RMG staff, we have met with three Indigenous community members whose responses to the collection have framed the exhibition’s content and its direction. The RMG’s collection is very Eurocentric, but also includes amazing examples of work by First Nations and Inuit artists and we continue to expand its base of work by racially diverse artists.

Produced in partnership with Reagan Kennedy, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, and Alex Ranger.

April 28 – August 26, 2018

While typically, community driven exhibitions ask the community to respond to its collections, this time, the RMG will respond to the community. The RMG’s Curator of Collections will select photographs from the Thomas Bouckley Collection that highlight reoccurring themes around the feeling of home.

Members of the community are invited to participate in this exhibition by hashtagging photos that reflect what home means to then with #feelslikehome. Submitted images will be printed and included in a crowd-sourced exhibition project that illustrates how home and a sense of community can be one and the same.

The hope is to fill the exhibition space from floor to ceiling with printed 4” x 6” pictures.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is an accessible venue. To learn more or request accommodations click here.

For more information, questions, or concerns please contact Lucas Cabral, Communications & Digital Media Lead at

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario
905 576 3000 ex 109 |

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