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The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting

The Ornament of a House BAG Celebrates 50 Years BAG Celebrates 50 Years

The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting

July 14-September 3, 2017

Image Credit: collage on paper, © Gerry Gilbert, Michael de Courcy/The Intermedia Catalogue, 1970

July 13 - 7pm: 50th Anniversary Garden Cocktail Reception

Live music, refreshments, and roving entertainment

Photo: Blaine Campbell

"The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it."

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote - Inspiration for 'The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting'

Celebrating 50 Years: '70's Fashion Shoot at the BAG

Photography: Basil King/The Columbian

Celebrating 50 Years: Jack Shadbolt's 'Still Life with Red Colander'

First art work donated to the Permanent Art Collection

Celebrating 50 Years: Opening Reception 1972

'Better Body Works' curated by Sheila Kincaid

Celebrating 50 Years: Children at the Gallery, 1975

A school group in the Fireside Room at the BAG, 1975

The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting
July 14-September 3, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13, 7pm
50th Anniversary Commemorative Art Book Available from July 13

In honour of BAG’s 50th anniversary, The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting is inspired by a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson carved in the Gallery’s fireplace mantle: “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” 

The ‘ornaments’ of the BAG are the artists, patrons, donors, volunteers and staff who have helped create the spirit and character of the building. Over the years, Ceperley House, home of the Burnaby Art Gallery for half a century, has welcomed many residents --from Henry and Grace Ceperley who built the home in 1911, to the St. Benedictine monks who purchased the home in 1939 and students from SFU’s “Delta Upsilon” Fraternity in 1965--before becoming the Burnaby Art Gallery in 1967. When the Burnaby Art Gallery first opened its doors, local volunteers formed the beginnings of an art collection which 50 years later holds more than 5000 significant works by artists from around the world. 

Bringing together 50 individuals who have played a part in building the gallery’s character—the collectors, curators, and especially the artists themselves—this exhibition focuses on the treasures of the collection, including historical works by European masters Francisco Goya and Rembrandt van Rijn and contemporary works by Canadian artists Sonny Assu, Gathie Falk, Susan Point, and Gordon Smith.

The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting runs from July 14 – September 3. 

SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

50th Anniversary Garden Cocktail Reception: Thursday, July 13, 7pm
Free, everyone welcome

Please join us for a garden cocktail reception celebrating the Burnaby Art Gallery's 50th Anniversary. Mingle over refreshments, listen to live music by Van Django, enjoy roving entertainment, and tour The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting. 

Launching July 13: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Art Book
A 50th anniversary commemorative art book The Ornament of a House features all 50 of the selected art works from the exhibition, alongside 50 essays by artists, art historians, collectors and critics as well as past and present curatorial staff. The book also features the fascinating history of Ceperley House (home of the BAG for half a century) and a chronology highlighting the evolution of the house and gallery. The Ornament of a House is available for purchase at the gallery from July 13 – perfect as a gift or keepsake. 

Curator's Tour: Sunday, July 23, 2-4pm
Free, everyone welcome
Curators Ellen van Eijnsbergen and Jennifer Cane give a special tour about the gallery and selected works in this 50th anniversary show. 

 

The Burnaby Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support provided by the following sponsors:

BAG 50th Sponsors

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