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Pop-Up Exhibitions

Image: Peter Whyte (1905-1966, Canadian), Mount Biddle and Lake McArthur, 1935, oil on canvas, WyP.01.069

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Waves of Reflection

June 30, 2022 – 

Exploring water's path from glacier to garden, this pop-up photography exhibit in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room features historic pictures from the collection. From ancient glaciers through winding rivers and fresh lakes to residential homes and recreation locations, Waves of Reflection follows water as it flows through our environment and our lives. 

 
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Cave & Basin Mural Project

June 12, 2022 – 

Located at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site

Celebrate the rich Indigenous history and contemporary significance of Banff, through a public art initiative that shares visual stories from a diversity of Indigenous community perspectives in the form of colorful murals.

 

Featuring artwork by Treaty 7 artists (Îyârhe Nakoda, Blackfoot Confederacy, Tsuut’ina) developed through a partnership between Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and Parks Canada.

Célébrez la riche histoire des Autochtones et l’importance contemporaine du parc national

Banff grâce à un projet d’art public où des fresques colorées racontent des récits visuels de différentes perspectives autochtones.

 

Les œuvres ont été créées par des artistes des Premières Nations signataires du Traité no 7 (Îyârhe Nakoda, Blackfoot Confederacy, Tsuut’ina) dans le cadre d’un partenariat entre le Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies et Parcs Canada.

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This Wild Spirit

July 5, 2022 – 

Located in the Historic Banff Train Station

What was "This Wild Spirit"?

Women's creative and cultural legacy suggests that it was a complex physical, intellectual, and imaginative reaction to a majestic environment that challenged women to explore a wider world, both outside and within themselves. Ultimately, it was liberating, invigorating, and soothing; those who were consumed by it lived lives rich with discovery and adventure.

Women in the Rocky Mountains include Stoney-Nakoda Aboriginal women who travelled and lived along trails blazed by their bands for generations. Métis women, too, made their homes in the Canadian Rockies after fur traders and explorers reached the prairies and eastern mountain regions in the eighteenth century. After 1885, Canadian, American, and British women followed, arriving aboard the trains of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Some were travelers seeking challenge and diversity in an otherwise socially circumscribed life; others were tourists seeking the comforts of home in a wilderness playground. In time, the image and idea of women in the mountains evoked such glamour and allure that advertisers and Hollywood alike could not resist.

Inspired by the lives and legacies of women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, This Wild Spirit explores and shares their creative responses to that vast and magnificent land and culture. 

Previously exhibited at the Whyte Museum, This Wild Spirit was created by Colleen Skidmore, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, in conjunction with her book of the same title. It has also been shown in Edmonton, Jasper, and Lethbridge. 

Available for purchase at any local book retailer, including the Whyte Museum Book Shop.