21 October 2015

Cabinets of Wonder exhibition tells history of collections at Mt. A

Exhibition and symposium bring art and science together at the University’s Owens Art Gallery

Sackville Tribune Post

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The history of museums and our societal love of collections will be front and centre in the Cabinets of Wonder art exhibition and symposium, being held at Mount Allison University Oct. 29-30, 2015.

Curated by Janine Rogers (English professor), Gay Hansen (biology instructor), and Gemey Kelly, director and curator of the Owens Art Gallery, the Cabinets of Wonder art exhibition will bring art and science collections from across campus to the Owens Art Gallery, to celebrate the extensive collected works that are part of the university campus.

“We are delighted to combine two major collections at Mount Allison as a homage to Cabinets of Wonder and the history of museums around the world,” says Rogers. “The scientific collection in our biology building is substantial and full of intriguing and beautiful scientific specimens. Works from the Owens collection cover a wide range of periods and styles, including paintings by the Group of Seven, Mary Pratt, and others. It is exciting to bring the arts and science together through this exhibition and symposium.” The exhibition will be augmented by loans from the New Brunswick Museum, in a display curated by Peter Larocque, curator of New Brunswick Cultural History and Art.

The art exhibition will open Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm in the Owens Art Gallery. The opening will also include a poetry salon related to the collections by visiting professor of Literature and Science Dr. John Holmes of the University of Birmingham. The exhibition will be on display until Nov. 29.

The Cabinets of Wonder symposium event will take place on Friday, Oct. 30, in the Owens Art Gallery. This community event will have panel discussions on various topics including: the use of art and aesthetics in presenting science; interdisciplinary research and creative activity, museums and collections as subjects and partners; and material history, community museums, and public education. 

Panelists will include Mount Allison faculty, as well as representatives from local museums and interpretive centres including the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, the Fundy Geological Museum, and the Hopewell Rocks Park.

The Cabinets of Wonder Symposium is a collaboration of Mount Allison University and the Royal Society of Canada (Atlantic Chapter) and also sponsored by the Mount Allison Marjorie Young Bell Fund, the Office of the President, the Owens Art Gallery, and the Departments of English and fine arts. For a full schedule of events see: mta.ca/owens