Hamilton Art Gallery to Host ‘Free Weekend for All’ to Celebrate New Exhibits



By Amy Kouniakis

Posted on September 30, 2021 at 10:49 a.m.

The Hamilton Art Gallery (AGH) is celebrating the opening of its three new exhibitions this weekend by opening its doors to the public and hosting them for free at the gallery.

The opening weekend of the 2021 fall exhibitions takes place this Saturday (October 2) and Sunday (October 3) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Billed as a free weekend for all, the opening offers many virtual and in-person opportunities to participate in the exhibits, including two on-site augmented reality experiences,” said a press release from AGH.

“Exploring themes of individual and collective histories, place and identity, the fall season provokes a deep reflection on the relationship between past, present and future, examined through a diverse expression of cultural perspectives. . “

One of the most recent exhibitions is the first major Canadian solo exhibition of works by Chinese-born Montreal artist Chun Hua Catherine Dong. “I Have Been There” is a continuous performance exploring themes of death, belonging and the diaspora.

Another of the new exhibitions is titled “Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication ”and explores the process and challenges of authenticating works of art.

And the third new exhibition features the work of Vineland folk artist Poppa Wilson (1925-2020). He was self-taught and rarely visited a gallery or turned to other artists, according to the AGH press release. He was prolific and from the age of 80 he produced thousands of works of art. This is the first major solo exhibition of his works.

“AGH is extremely honored to share this exhibition season,” said Shelley Falconer, AGH President and CEO, in the press release.

“We have spent a lot of time rethinking the way we care for our collection and make it accessible to the public while finding new ways to view, learn and initiate the process of decolonizing some of our institutional practices. It is a very exciting time and we look forward to celebrating in person with members, visitors and supporters. “

In addition to the new exhibits, parts of AGH’s permanent collection will be on display and some of the gallery’s oldest exhibits including “Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat” and “Breaking the Vault: Art and Poetic Liberty, “which highlights the work of Hamilton’s young poets, will also be open to the public.

For more information on the Fall Opening Weekend event, including COVID-19 protocols in place, visit the AGH website.

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