Up close and in motion
Selected Works from the Permanent Collection
Curated by Emma German
Rodman Hall Art Centre is home to a collection of nearly 1,000 works from the past three centuries, with a growing focus on current practices in contemporary Canadian art. The permanent collection is the result of a legacy of art collecting and philanthropy dating back to 1960 when Rodman Hall Art Centre was established as a public art gallery by community members. Up close and in motion, a year-long constantly changing exhibition, is an effort to make Rodman Hall’s holdings visible while highlighting the collection’s purpose as a tool for research, study, and interpretation.
Up close and in motion features installation changes throughout its duration to slow down the act of viewing and stimulate close looking. Works enter the space, and then leave the space – the cycle occurs continuously over the course of the exhibition period, forming new iterations of itself with each shift. By dismantling the structures of linear display practices, Up close and in motion frames the exhibition space as flexible, and makes visible the institutional practices concerning the permanent collection’s scope and care.
With a focus on recent acquisitions of contemporary Canadian art, Up close and in motion examines Rodman Hall’s recent exhibition history alongside the permanent collection. Tracing important developments in contemporary art across genres such as hybridity within material structures, sculptural experimentation, performative gesture, and time-based media, many of these works will be displayed for the first time since being acquired for Rodman Hall’s permanent collection.
At this moment, we invite you to experience the permanent collection and consider the role it plays in representing our common aspirations, collective imagination and community spirit. Help celebrate this invaluable resource and support our commitment to a sustainable future.
Image: Rodman Hall archives