Museum explores a youthful Emily Carr
Victoria’s most famous artist stars this spring in a new exhibit at the Royal BC Museum, The Other Emily: Redefining Emily Carr.
Opening March 2 and continuing through fall, the groundbreaking exhibition draws on the museum’s comprehensive Carr collection to re-examine the artist’s life, particularly her youth and early adult years. The Other Emily reveals previously unknown details, including material on public display for the first time, to present Carr from the standpoint of a daughter, a sister, a friend and a neighbour; roles she played in everyday life.
The exhibition includes 17 large portraits of Carr by contemporary artist Manon Elder alongside 20 of Carr’s own monumental canvases depicting the forests and landscape of British Columbia. Exhibition highlights include renowned artworks Tanoo (1913), Sea and Sky (1936), and Sombreness Sunlit (1937) from her mature years and many important pieces from her early years. One of Carr’s earliest known paintings, Church of Our Lord (ca. 1895), will be on public display for the first time after being recently acquired by the Royal BC Museum.
Also included are lesser-known sketchbooks and caricature drawings by Carr of herself and those around her, as well as written accounts and pottery. Artifacts and archival objects make historical photos come alive while new archival research reveals important new connections and biographical details.
Add to the Emily Carr experience with special exhibition programming:
• The Other Emily Curator/Artist Talk, March 4 from 7 to 10pm or March 5 from 9 to 11am.
• March Break Children’s Art Activities with Emily Carr, March 19 to 26.
• I-Spy Emily Family Workshops, running through March.
Find information on these and more events at www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca
Emily Carr in the Community
• In James Bay, Emily Carr House, Emily’s childhood home, is open to the public May 1 to September 30,or by appointment throughout the year. For more information, call 250-383-5843.
• At the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, take in Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere, featuring an historical survey of Carr’s artistic career, with pieces in all the media and styles she explored. Explore Carr’s influences and inspirations and her interest in developing an art that speaks of her personal experience and her connection to the West Coast landscape.
— Jennifer Blyth