BRAMPTON, ON (March 28, 2017) – Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is honoured to host four art and history exhibitions showcasing stories about Canada's past, present and future:
- What Makes This Country Tick? Selected Works by Charles Pachter
- Komagata Maru: A Journey to Canada
- Kings and Saints: A Legacy in Sikh Art, and
- Sikh Heritage Month Community Curated Sikh Art
Reminder: Media Interview Opportunities available tomorrow Wednesday, March 29 at PAMA
- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Focus on Sikh Heritage Month and our Sikh–focused exhibitions (spokespeople that will be available for interviews are PAMA Manager, Marty Brent; Museum Curator, Annemarie Hagan; Art Gallery Curator, Tom Smart; Co–curator, Lally Marwah; Gurratan Singh from the Sikh Heritage Month Organizing Committee and artist Keerat Kaur from the Community Curated Art Exhibition)
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Focus on Charles Pachter exhibition (spokespeople that will be available for interviews are Curator Gerrie Loveys and Charles Pachter)
Light refreshments will be provided
What Makes This Country Tick? Selected Works by Charles Pachter
April 1 – June 11
Curated by Gerrie Loveys
Thoughtful, contemplative, ironic, humorous and deeply personal, Pachter's art spans many styles and emotions, giving us patriotic emblems of Canadian history and identity in all its diversity. As a painter, printmaker, sculptor and designer, Pachter has been a major contributor to the Ontario and Canadian art scene for over half a century. His distinctive art is woven into the very fabric of Ontario's self–image and public consciousness. Curator Gerrie Loveys explains that"it is hard not to smile at our own unique Canadian quirks when we view Charles Pachter's iconic images of the moose, the Queen and even butter tarts. But it is the artist's stories of the challenges and successes of Canadians that tug on our heart strings and make us feel proud to be Canadian."
Komagata Maru: A Journey to Canada
April 1 – June 11
Co–curated by Annemarie Hagan and Lally Marwah
In May of 1914, the Komagata Maru arrived at the Port of Vancouver. The ship carried 376 British subjects from India who were hoping to immigrate to Canada. They were Sikh, Hindu and Muslim and all were denied entry to Canada. When returning to India, they faced police gunfire. Twenty–six died and many were imprisoned. As part of PAMA's Canada 150 program, this exhibition explores racism in a Canadian context. Today we see our diversity as a strength and human rights are embedded in our Constitution – but as this PAMA exhibition details that was not always the case.
Alongside this exhibition, PAMA will also feature a new acquisition by renowned Canadian artist, Michael Awad. Entitled Khalsa Day Parade, this limited edition photographic print, made in 2014, interprets the annual Toronto Khalsa Day Parade involving the Sikh community of the GTA. The format of the print is a seamless, long–duration photograph, cropped into horizontal ranks. PAMA art curator, Tom Smart says the photograph "reflects Awad's uniquely expressive sensibility of documenting this event over the course of time the parade took to pass by his camera lens."
Kings and Saints: A Legacy in Sikh Art
April 1 – June 11
Co–curated by Tom Smart and Lally Marwah
This small preview exhibition is intended to give a sense of the splendour, beauty and poetry of the Sikh art and artifacts that will comprise our eventual exhibition. The selections of Sikh art and artifacts are drawn from private collections in the GTA. The collections cover subjects from Sikh spirituality, history and everyday life.
Sikh Heritage Month Community Curated Exhibition
April 1 – 30
Each year, as part of its Sikh Heritage Month of events and programs, PAMA hosts a community–based exhibition of art drawn from the studios of local artists who explore Sikh themes in their work. PAMA art curator, Tom Smart states that, "Our installment this year comprises many different media, ranging from painting, drawing, photography and film, and treats themes of Sikh spirituality, history, daily life and identity."