June 5 – September 4, 2009
Curated by Miranda Grol and Alyssa Matthews
Helen Christou Gallery
The 1930s were a turbulent time in Canada and around the globe. Accompanying the momentous changes in politics and economics were equally revolutionary developments in art, which historians have gathered under the term Modernism. The Modernist movement was based on a rejection of artistic conventions and a commitment to radical innovation in perspective, approach, and materials. Modernist artists engaged in a process of experimentation and discovery, seeking to explore new possibilities of creativity and expression in a rapidly changing world.
This exhibition includes art works produced in the 1930s that capture the mood of the era and the uneasiness and angst that would have been felt by the artists and society.