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Marshall Wood, Lady Macdonald, marble, 1874, Bytown Museum N59. Photo: Justin Wonnacott.

 

The Bytown Museum announces a new summer exhibition and illustrated bilingual catalogue.

HIDDEN TREASURES from the Bytown Museum

June 23 to October 2, 2011

This exhibition presents 41 exceptional artefacts from the Bytown Museum's significant historic collection, and showcases the quality of its permanent holdings. Visitors will be able to see two Regency chairs from Lt. Colonel By's house, the exquisite silver Drummond Cup, 19th century prints depicting the newly named city of Ottawa, a marble bust of Lady Macdonald (wife of Sir John A. Macdonald), the recently restored Victorian-era Mayor's Chair, early photographs by A. G. Pittaway of Ottawa, as well as other outstanding portraits, landscapes, and urban views.

The Bytown Museum's collection was inaugurated in 1898 by the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa and now comprises 7,000 artefacts. This unique collection witnesses diverse moments in Ottawa's rich history - from military base, to lumber town, to national capital. Many objects are being shown for the first time in decades and some have never been displayed.

The Hidden Treasures catalogue includes a colour illustration and a scholarly text for each object prepared by one of five renowned guest curators, Janet Carlile, Lilly Koltun, Steven C. McNeil, Rosemarie L. Tovell, and René Villeneuve. Historian, Charlotte Gray has written an introduction to the Bytown Museum; an essay by the Museum's Director, Mike Steinhauer, traces a history of the collection.

OPENING: Wednesday, June 22 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Details about special summer programming including tours, drop-in family workshops and a Treasures in Your Attic program can be found at www.bytownmuseum.ca

CURATOR'S TALKS
Sunday, June 26th and August 28th from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Judith Parker, the Bytown Museum's Acting Curator, will give a talk in the exhibition.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Thursday, September 29 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
With guest curatorial authors, Janet Carlile, Lilly Koltun, Steven C. McNeil and Rosemarie L. Tovell


Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5P6

Located next to the Rideau Canal (between Parliament Hill & Château Laurier Hotel)
www.bytownmuseum.ca
Telephone: 613.234.4570

For more information and sample photographs, please contact:

Francesco Corsaro
Director of Development | Bytown Museum
T 613-234-4570 x 225
francescocorsaro@bytownmuseum.ca


BIOGRAPHIES

Guest Authors

Janet Carlile's studies include a degree in history (University of Waterloo), Sotheby's Decorative Arts Course (England), and an M. A. in Modern Social History (Lancaster University). She wrote and hosted The A-Z of Antiques which aired on BBC radio. After returning to Canada in 1999, she penned columns about antiques for Southam newspapers and Canadian House and Home magazine. As a decorative arts and furniture consultant, her clients include the Lancaster City Museum, Canadian Museum of Civilization, National Capital Commission, Ontario Heritage Trust, and House of Commons (Ottawa). She is currently director/curator of the Arnprior and District Museum.

Charlotte Gray is the author of eight acclaimed books of literary non-fiction, including Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike, The Museum Called Canada, and Sisters in the Wilderness. Born in Sheffield, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she came to Canada in 1979. Gray worked as a political commentator, book reviewer, and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history. She currently chairs the board of Canada's National History Society, and is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Lilly Koltun, formerly Director General of the Portrait Gallery of Canada, has extensive leadership experience in national collections of Canadian art, photography, and archives. She holds degrees in Art History from the University of Toronto, Courtauld Institute of Art (England), and St. Andrews University (Scotland). Koltun lectures and consults widely across Canada and internationally and has authored numerous publications, notably in her specialty of Canadian photography. Currently, she serves on several boards, is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University, and is enrolled in the visual arts studio program at the University of Ottawa.

Steven C. McNeil is Curator of the Crown Collection for the Official Residences of Canada at the National Capital Commission. He has previously held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada and the Loyalist House National Historic Site in Saint John, New Brunswick. He was educated at the University of New Brunswick, the Courtauld Institute of Art (England), and Carleton University (Ottawa).

Rosemarie L. Tovell was curator of the Canadian Prints and Drawings Collection at the National Gallery of Canada for over 30 years. Her major exhibitions include David Milne, William Berczy, Betty Goodwin, the history of Canadian lithography, and the Canadian etching revival. In 1997, her publication A New Class of Art received the prestigious Newman Book Award from the American Historical Print Collector's Society. Since retirement she continues to contribute to books and exhibitions, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Carleton University Art Gallery, and the Burnaby Art Gallery.

René Villeneuve, historian of art and architecture, has been curator at the National Gallery of Canada since 1987. A specialist in the history of Canadian art and of European and North American silver, he is also knowledgeable about the history of Canadian collectors and collections. As well as being responsible for the National Gallery's collection of early Canadian art, he has organized the following exhibitions and catalogues: Baroque to Neo-Classical: Sculpture in Quebec; Quebec Silver from the Collection of the National Gallery of Canada; Théophile Hamel: Dominick Daly O'Meara; Lord Dalhousie: Patron and Collector.

Judith Parker is Acting Curator of the Bytown Museum. In 2010, she organized Many Guises: Contemporary Self-Portraits and wrote the accompanying catalogue for the Bytown Museum's participation in Ottawa Photography Festival X. Her background includes 20 years in museum education at the National Gallery of Canada, experience as a municipal arts funding officer and as an interpretive planner for social history exhibits. Her reviews and articles are found in contemporary art magazines, the OMA's 2004 colloquium proceedings, and the CMA's Muse (May 2011). She dreams about contemporary, interdisciplinary artistic interpretation of historic material culture.