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The Robert McLaughlin Gallery - Winter 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.

Andil Gosine, Apu, Roi des Fleurs (detail), 2017

Andil Gosine: All the Flowers
January 13, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Andil Gosine moved to Canada, from Trinidad, at the age of 14. His formative teen years in Oshawa are revisited in these works, in which he both shares his personal desires and vulnerabilities, and exposes the enduring impact of struggles he and his family experienced. Told as an “autobiography in flora,” the exhibition is organized chronologically, with works about the prelude to and enduring aftermath of his teenagehood in Oshawa bookending re-imagined archival materials from his experience here.

Gosine uses the Ixora flower as a key icon throughout. Indigenous to India and other parts of Asia, the flower was brought by his indentured labour ancestors to Trinidad, where it is now ubiquitous. Through this show, Gosine brings them to Canada as an offering to the place and people of Oshawa, who impacted his life path in complicated ways.

Tom Thomson, April in Algonquin Park, 1917; oil on wood panel
Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound. Gift of George Thomson, brother of Tom Thomson, to the Grey County Historical and Art Society, 1964.
Transferred to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, 1967

Betwixt & Between: An Untold Tom Thomson Story
January 27 – April 15, 2018

This project, over 5 years in the making, is a mystery-style exhibition making use of a mobile app and augmented reality to further explore the iconic Canadian story of Tom Thomson to include possible Indigenous influence through Tom Thomson’s friend George Nadjiwon, a young man from Cape Croker reserve.

The immersive exhibition includes 20 original works by Tom Thomson and many others by Indigenous artists and object-makers, as well as the original Williams Treaties which are specific to Durham Region.

This project is led by artists Joel Richardson, Germinio Pio Politi, and Nyle Miigizi Johnston, curated by Virginia Eichhorn, and circulated by the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. This project has received significant funding from the Museum Assistance Program, the Government of Canada.

Grant Cole: The Parade of Life
January 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Oshawa based artist, Grant Cole is drawn to the formality of everyday life depicted in the Thomas Bouckley Collection of historical photographs. The Bouckley Collection is a visual history of Oshawa that focuses on significant events, people and place. While Cole’s work typically explores his own personal successes and failures, his subjects in his latest work, inspired by the collection, are depicted with what identifies their success, whether an object, uniform, skill, or profession. While the purpose of photography at the turn of the 20th century was for documentation purposes, to Cole’s modern lens, the subjects chose how they wanted to be portrayed and remembered, whether through fashion, poses, or objects.

Cole does not want to be perceived as criticizing the idea of purposely presenting one’s self in a particular way. Despite the falseness and at times exhausting effort involved with how we want to be perceived, there are many things we highlight about ourselves worth “parading”: accomplishments, successes, skills, interests, etc. The things we put on parade about ourselves is a way of proclaiming our identity and place. As Cole says, “as long as your successes are real, flaunt them!” As an artist presenting artworks in an exhibition, Cole is himself claiming his own identity and place in Oshawa.

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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