While the museum may be temporarily closed, we still want to create opportunities for you to experience art outside of Glenbow’s walls. We know art can provide inspiration, beauty and, most importantly, a sense of connection to the people and world around us.
We also know that having access to art and culture is an important part of our daily lives. While we can’t be doing that in person at the moment, we’re planning on bringing you the best of Glenbow online — through virtual tours, online collections, educational videos, activity ideas, webinars and more.
Here is our schedule so you can stay connected with us online. We will get through this together as a community. ❤️
Wednesdays, 10am: Content for school-aged kids
Fridays, 10am: Content for adults
Stampede Behind-The-Scenes Tour: Part 1
Friday, July 3
The Calgary Stampede is such a part of life in Calgary that it has become a part of our civic identity.
This year, for the first time in its history, the Calgary Stampede has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today would have been the first day of the Calgary Stampede 2020 and for that reason, and to complement our online #GlenbowFromHome programming, we are bringing you a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of some of our favourite Stampede-related objects. We have so much Stampede-related content that this tour needs to be split into two parts. Part 1 will include a sign for the 1909 Provincial Exhibition (just to set some context), Guy Weaddick’s belt buckles, hand beaded western shirts, well-worn boots that belonged to the first Indigenous Stampede Queen, and much more.
Part 2 will be posted next Friday, July 13, 2020.
Stories of Gay Calgary: A Conversation with Kevin Allen
Friday, June 26
Kevin Allen is the founder of the Gay History Project, an ongoing initiative to document the lived history of Calgary’s LGBTQ2+ community. He is also a fourth-generation Calgarian, the first historian-in-residence at Calgary’s Central Public Library and the author of Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary.
Today, two days before the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which are now commemorated annually with Pride festivals around the world, Kevin helps us explore our city’s little known LGBTQ2+ history. In this conversation Kevin shares his journey to becoming a historian, highlights the importance of community gathering places like the legendary Club Carousel, reveals the nuances of language and tells a story that proves Calgary’s gay history goes all the way back to the signing of Treaty 7.
You can find out more about the Gay History Project here https://calgarygayhistory.ca
Make sure you buy the book Our Past Matters from one of Calgary’s independent bookstores. Shelf Life and Pages Books both have the book currently in stock and are offering curbside pickup and free local delivery.
Wear What You Love: Statement T-Shirt Workshop
Wednesday, June 24
Human beings have a long history of representing their value system through their clothing. We wear objects like t-shirts, pins, jewelry, hats and more, to show other people who we are and what we believe in.
June is Pride month, and the history of this celebration is a great example of people standing up for what they believe in and using clothing as a powerful way to show the world who they are. Pride recognizes the huge contribution that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. The statement “Love is Love” means that all people can choose who they love, in the way that they choose.
Today we’re doing a workshop on how to make your own statement t-shirt. Think of an idea that is meaningful to you, or a statement that you want to share with the world. Celebrate your individuality with a shirt that proudly shows off what you believe in.
Sheldon First Rider tells his story
Friday, June 19
Blackfoot Elder and Glenbow educator Sheldon First Rider shares his story as a residential school survivor and his path to developing the Blackfoot Language program at Glenbow.
We are so grateful to Sheldon for giving us permission to share this video for our #GlenbowFromHome series during Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary.
Note: This video was recorded in January 2020
Blackfoot Syllabics with Sheldon First Rider
Wednesday, June 17
Blackfoot Elder and Glenbow educator Sheldon First Rider recorded this video pre-pandemic in January 2020 to demonstrate the use of the syllabic alphabet in teaching the Blackfoot language.
Since 2018, First Rider has spearheaded a Blackfoot Language program at Glenbow which is offered as part of the larger Indigenous Studies school program. In his eight years as an educator at Glenbow, he estimates that Indigenous programming has collectively reached approximately 150,000 students, 12 – 15,000 of those in the more recently introduced Blackfoot Language program.
We are so grateful to Sheldon for giving us permission to share this video for our #GlenbowFromHome series during Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary (June 15 – 21, 2020).
Check out this blog post to learn more about Sheldon’s story and the Blackfoot Language Revival app.
Virtual Tour of Maxwell Bates: The In Crowd
Friday, June 12
The In Crowd brings together a grouping of paintings by iconic western Canadian artist Maxwell Bates that have previously never been seen together. These works, sometimes referred to as ‘social paintings,’ depict the vibrant, tense and often exaggerated social situations found at parties, restaurant outings and gallery openings. Even though Bates’ perennial interest in the figure ran out of step with contemporary painting in the sixties and seventies, Bates himself felt the party paintings he made during this period were some of his best work as they captured the subtle and complex qualities of human relationships and interactions so well. Perhaps making the work this exhibition presents more relevant now than when it was made.
Explore Maxwell Bates’ life and see the paintings that he felt were some of his best works with Glenbow COO Melanie Kjorlien on a virtual tour of this important exhibition.
Finding Your Story in Art
Wednesday, June 10
For today’s #GlenbowFromHome we head into our historical art gallery, where there are a lot of paintings that look as if you could walk right into them. But what would happen if you did?
Today we’ll use these paintings to inspire our own stories for a creative writing project. When you look closely at a work of art, what do you see? What does it make you feel or think about? As you create your own story inspired by what you find in an artwork, use all your senses to describe the details!
Once you’ve practiced, we challenge you to use your creative writing skills to write a letter that tells a story about your own life for the #DearGlenbow collecting project.
Virtual Tour of One New Work: Do You Remember/Snow & Stars with Ron Moppett
Friday, May 29
Ron Moppett’s latest painting, Do You Remember/Snow & Stars went on view at Glenbow in February 2020 as part of Glenbow’s ongoing One New Work series, curated by Nancy Tousley. The new painting ended up inspiring Moppett and Tousley to transform the whole gallery space into a floor-to-ceiling art experience. They created a new combination (or montage) of Moppett’s older paintings that have never been hung together in this way before. Each panel (or “fragment”) has become part of a “collage” of paintings that now creates one large, long complete painting.
Today for #GlenbowFromHome, Ron Moppett himself gives us a virtual tour of his exhibition at Glenbow. He throws in some great stories about where his inspiration comes from and gives us a clue to figure out what that upside-down Lassie dog is all about.
Moppett often refers to his large-scale paintings as “walk-in paintings.” the term originally comes from the artist Jim Rosenquist, an American Pop artist. The idea is that the painting is big enough that you feel like you’re enveloped and you feel like you can actually go into the picture.
There are a lot of symbols, shapes and almost hidden images that you can spot in this gallery, but Moppett doesn’t want you to worry about figuring out what it all means. He wants you to delight in the colour and how it makes you feel. (Below is a gallery guide if you’re curious to learn more about what the images represent).
Curator Nancy Tousley says “Time passes and circumstances change. Self and world are in a constant state of becoming. The sign of this becoming is alternately the fragment (the medium), painting-as-collage (the method) and montage (the method/form). In structure and content, Moppett’s work is all of a piece. The genius of his method lies in the medium which becomes the mechanism for producing new work, a vehicle for Moppett’s boundless imaginative capacity for invention. The medium is the message.”
Colours, Lines & Shapes
Wednesday, May 27
Today’s #GlenbowFromHome is for our younger school-aged kids (K-Gr 1) as we experience an explosion of colours, shapes and lines in Ron Moppett’s new work, Do You Remember/ Snow & Stars.
Look at how many different shades of yellow you can find in this painting. And all the different kinds of lines the artist incorporates into this work. There are straight lines, curved lines, zigzags and everyone’s favourite, crazy lines. Can you see the glove? What about the ladder?
Is it Time to Spice Up Your Zoom Background
Friday, May 22
With all of the online meetings these days, we thought you might be looking for a way to spruce up your meeting with a custom virtual background, museum-style. We’ve pulled a selection of artworks and objects from the Glenbow collection; all 15 of the backgrounds are available for download here.
Learn to Draw a One-Point-Perspective Drawing
Wednesday, May 18
In today’s #GlenbowFromHome video we’ll show you step-by-step instructions on how to do a one-point-perspective drawing, a technique that uses a single vanishing point to create the illusion of dimension. Perspective is one of the foundations of realism in art, and once you know how to use it as a tool when you draw, you’ll start to notice that you’re looking differently at the world around you.
It might look a bit complicated at first, but as you follow Danielle’s tips, you’ll be amazed at what you can do with a ruler and a pencil! When you finish this artwork, you will feel as if you could step into your drawing and walk until you disappear. This activity is ideal for school-aged kids in Grade 5 -12 who have an interest in drawing and math.
Here is a link to download printable grid paper to get you started.
George Webber on Vivian Maier
Friday, May 15
We are very excited to post today’s #GlenbowFromHome – this live webinar conversation with master Calgary photographer George Webber was recorded on May 7, 2020. George discusses the enigmatic life and fascinating photographic legacy of Vivian Maier and shares his perspective on why her story and her work have captured the imagination of so many of us. He also reveals his research into a little-known Calgary connection with Vivian Maier. Links to more resources are below the video!
Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands was organized by diChroma Photography and curated by Anne Morin
George Webber’s research into Vivian Maier led him to a 2009 blog post by John Maloof that includes a photograph by Vivian Maier that was unmistakably taken in Calgary in the 1950s – you can find it here (scroll down to the 27th image!)
George references a book about Vivian Maier that he found valuable: Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife by Pamela Bannos
During the interview, George mentions a few photographers whose work has been influential for him. Here are some links to learn more about those artists:
Henri Cartier Bresson
Watch the Vivian Maier documentary that started it all! Finding Vivian Maier can be viewed for free on Kanopy using your Calgary Public Library Card to create an account.
Vivian Maier & A Street Photography Challenge
Wednesday, May 13
Today’s #GlenbowFromHome is for all the kids who are interested in photography.
We’ll take you on a short virtual tour of the photography of Vivian Maier. She had a fascinating life and a unique point of view, and we hope you’ll get inspired by the way she looked at the world through her camera lens. After learning all about Vivian Maier, we invite you to join us on a photography challenge that you can do while maintaining physical distance. Show us how you see the world!
Objects That Hold Stories: Recent Acquisitions to the Glenbow Collection
Friday, May 8
For today’s #GlenbowFromHome for adults, Glenbow collections manager Daryl Betenia will show you a small sampling of objects collected over 70 years by two generations of one Calgary family, the Nolans.
These objects have been recently donated to the Glenbow collection. Included in this virtual tour is a cutlery set (ca. 1840s), a utility jar (ca. 1940s), two compacts (1920s-1930s) and a Mahjong Set (ca. 1930s).
The Fur Trade
Wednesday, May 6
Welcome to today’s #GlenbowFromHome for kids!
Today we will be heading into our Exploration & Fur Trade gallery and then we will look closely at some artifacts related to the fur trade.
(Special note: This will be particularly interesting to Alberta kids in Grades 4/5 as it is connected to their curriculum)
We will virtually take you into our Fur Trade gallery, learn a brief history of the fur trade and its impact on the people and focus on one of the most important players of this story … the beaver.
Then, have a closer look at some artifacts related to the fur trade. How did these objects and these new relationships change the way people lived? How did the introduction of new materials change things? Are there pros and cons to these new materials?
More information about Indigenous and Métis cultures:
Colouring The Collection
Friday, May 1
Just in time for the weekend we are releasing downloadable colouring sheets of some of our iconic artworks and objects from the collection.
You’ve probably always wanted to add your creative flair to Frances Anne Hopkins’ Canoes in a Fog or modify one of Bell Herron’s classic Stampede outfits.
We hope this helps you pass the time as you continue to physically distance this weekend!
Maxwell Bates & Blind Contour Drawing
Wednesday, April 29
Today’s #GlenbowFromHome for kids is actually kind of for everybody. Get ready to lose your inhibitions when it comes to drawing!
Blind Contour Drawing is a real artist’s technique (when you practice it, you’ll be improving your hand-eye coordination and honing your observation skills) but it’s really quite silly and fun. Don’t tell anyone, but it’s more play than work.
Watch while Danielle does a Blind Contour Drawing using Glenbow’s President & CEO and his very special guest. You’ll be amazed at the final artwork.
Read more about Maxwell Bates: The In Crowd
Virtual Tour: Inuit Textiles: Dynamic Connections
Friday, April 24
We opened this beautiful exhibition of Inuit textiles at the end of February 2020 and since not many of you got to see it before we temporarily closed, we put together this micro tour to bring you into this exhibition virtually.
Dynamic Connections: Threads of Living Memory draws on Glenbow’s Inuit textiles collection and showcases the deep cultural, genetic, personal and communal memories which find life through stitching. Ranging from toys to clothing, wall hangings and rare, natural dye pieces, these textiles are manifestations of the dynamic connections between the makers, the viewers, the land, the spirit world and future generations of memory makers.
What is it? (Kids Edition)
Wednesday, April 22
This is our What Is It? game, one of our favourite museum games! We find an obscure artifact from Glenbow’s collection and ask you questions (and offer a few clues) about what it is. See if you can figure out what this bizarre object was originally used for… before we reveal the answer. Gather your friends and family and see who can guess it first!
A Treasure Trove of Women’s Hats (1940 – 1970)
Friday, April 17
Take a virtual tour with Daryl Betenia, Glenbow’s manager of collections who will show (and tell) you all about an acquisition of women’s hats that recently came into the Glenbow collection.
These hats were worn by Maude Sproule and came to Glenbow from her daughter Judy. Maude passed away in 1994 at the age of 85. She was married to John Campbell Sproule, founder of the Calgary petroleum exploration firm, J. Sproule & Associates. We know from Judy that Maude dressed fashionably throughout her life and was obviously particularly fond of HATS!
Tying the Country Together, the CPR & Immigration
Wednesday, April 15
Welcome to today’s #GlenbowFromHome for kids!
(Special note: This will be particularly interesting to kids in Grades 4-6 as it is connected to their curriculum)
Today we explore our Building the Railway gallery and learn all about the planning and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). When was the railway built? Why was the building of the CPR so important for Canada? Why was it such a major undertaking? We will also unpack a suitcase filled with belongings that tell the story of an immigrant who came to Alberta shortly after the First World War.
After you watch the video, ask yourself some of these questions: If you were immigrating to a new place and had to fit all your belongings in one trunk, what would you bring? What are the things that are most important to you? What do the items an individual chooses to pack tell us about them?
Activity Challenge: Can you find some things from your home that would give us clues about your family? Find 6 things and 3 photos, put them together and create a story about your family. We’d love to see what you come up with. Tag us on social if you are comfortable sharing! Additional Resources: We also have some additional learning resources that might be interesting for further explorations into the history of the CPR and immigration to Western Canada.
What is it?
Friday, April 10
It’s #GlenbowFromHome time! It also happens to be Friday, and what better way to start the long weekend than a game…museum style.
This is our What Is It? game. We find an obscure artifact from Glenbow’s collection and ask you questions (and offer a few clues) about what it is. See if you can figure out what this bizarre object was originally used for… before we reveal the answer. Gather your friends and family and see who can guess it first!
*Correction* Danielle says butane in the video, but had meant to say carbide.
Portraiture & Gesture Drawing
Wednesday, April 8
Today’s #GlenbowFromHome is for kids who are interested in drawing!
Gesture drawing is a great way to practice drawing people or objects. Your drawing doesn’t have to be perfect – the idea is to use shapes and lines to capture the basic form and the feeling of what you’re looking at – these drawings are often more dynamic and surprising than super-realistic ones.
The exhibition Metamorphosis: Contemporary Canadian Portraits is all about different ways of making a portrait – a picture of a person. The artists in this exhibition were inspired by the idea of transformation, or change. Some of these artworks use a traditional ideal of likeness, by showing what a person looks like in the portrait. Others are more unexpected – they show an idea about a person, or they share details about a person’s life to help the viewer learn more about who the person is.
The portrait that Danielle uses in the drawing exercise isn’t about a real person at all. The artist, Harold Town, was interested in bodybuilders, and how they transform their bodies through exercise. After a long day of working in his studio, Harold Town came across a late-night bodybuilding program on TV. He was immediately captivated by the contestants’ exaggerated bodies. To him, they appeared like living sculptures, posing and flexing in an absurd competition. For him, the transformation their bodies go through is both amusing and mesmerizing. In this painting, Town has applied the paint in taut strokes that resemble sinew and emphasize volume, while barely containing the impossible musculature of these men.
Vivian Maier’s Rolleiflex Camera
Friday, April 3
Today’s #GlenbowFromHome is for all the Vivian Maier & photography fans out there. We’re diving into some details about the Rolleiflex TLR, the camera that Vivian Maier used to capture some of her most famous (and her finest) photographs.
Vivian Maier’s first camera was a modest Kodak Brownie box camera with one shutter speed, no aperture and no focus control. When she purchased her first Rolleiflex camera In 1952, at the age of 26, it changed her approach to photography. It was ideal for her style of street photography – because the camera is held at waist level, it allows the photographer to set up a shot while being much more inconspicuous. Over the course of her career Vivian used the Rolleiflex 3.5T, the Rolleiflex 3.5F, the Rolleiflex 2.8C, the Rolleiflex Automat and others. She also experimented with colour film, using single lens reflex (SLR) cameras, including a Leica IIIc, an Ihagee Exakta, and a Zeiss Contarex.
Ways of Looking: Finding Meaning in Art
Wednesday, April 1 (YAY, we made it to April!)
Today’s #GlenbowFromHome project for kids is a video tutorial on finding meaning in art. We call this our Ways of Looking activity and if you have a kid who has been to Glenbow on a school field trip, they likely would have learned about this visual literacy method. This method not only helps teach critical thinking, but also helps make sense of the world around us. Try it out! And remember there are no wrong answers when it comes to looking at art.
Feel Good Gallery
Friday, March 27
For today’s edition of #GlenbowFromHome we are releasing a small online gallery of artwork from Glenbow’s collection. We’ve titled this the Feel Good gallery, a collection of works with the simple intention of making you feel good. Works that might transport you, help you breath deeper or maybe even cause you to crack a smile. Something we all need right now.
“There is no word for art. We say it is to transfer something from the real to the unreal. I am an owl, and I am a happy owl. I like to make people happy and everything happy. I am the light of happiness and I am a dancing owl.” – Kenojuak Ashevak
Glenbow has been closed to the public since Friday, March 13. We know that art can provide inspiration, beauty and, most importantly, a sense of connection to the people and world around us. This is why we started #GlenbowFromHome; to provide you, our community, with a regular infusion of art and culture into your life.
Rocks & Minerals: Ammonite & Petrified Wood
Wednesday, March 25
This edition of #GlenbowFromHome is for all the kids learning from home! It features Glenbow educator Cory who will teach you about two of his favourite pieces in the Treasures of the Mineral World gallery, ammonite and petrified wood.
After you view this micro video tour, depending on the age of your child, you can ask and research these questions together:
The inland sea that Alberta’s ammonites lived in is called the “Western Interior Seaway.” What else lived in the Western Interior Seaway?
What are some of the species of mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, turtles, sharks, and other fish that lived in it?
How long did the Western Interior Seaway exist?
Why did it eventually drain away?
The Petrified Forest in Arizona dates to the middle Triassic period, about 225 million years ago. What was the environment in Arizona like back then?
How is it different from Arizona today?
What early species of dinosaurs lived in the Petrified Forest? What species of giant amphibians? What species of mammal-like dicynodonts? What species of crocodile-like rauisuchids and armoured aetosaurs?
What is the most common species found at the Petrified Forest?
Note: This video was shot on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, two days before we were closed to public.
Monday, March 23
It’s follower participation day on the latest #GlenbowFromHome! If you’d like to play along, just check out our previous posts at the blog link below and stay tuned for more activities in the days ahead.
Our first batch of contributions are as follows: an amazing bike-chain sculpture from Greg tagged in response to our first post that was centered on Jeff de Boer’s Barbed Wire Bronco sculpture; likewise Eva, age 6, and her dad were inspired by the story of Cyclone, the bronco in question; Insta-follower “@simplic” took us up on the Vivian Maier-style selfie challenge; as did Anna, who took the action into the great outdoors.
Coming up Weds – content from our 21st Century Learning resources for the kids and on Friday a video demonstration of a Rolleiflex camera (same kind Vivian Maier used).
Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands
Friday, March 20
Glenbow Adult Education Coordinator Jennah Turpin walks you through four key aspects from the exhibition Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands, which we’d really love for everyone to be able to see.
After you view the video tour, if you’re feeling inspired, find a mirror in your home and try your best Vivian Maier-inspired self-portrait! Share your photo with #GlenbowFromHome. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!!
For those of you who want more in depth reading on Vivian Maier, check out:
Our Vivian Maier Primer with all the links you could possibly need.
Barbed Wire Bronco
Wednesday, March 18
Glenbow educator Cory Gross shares the amazing true story of Cyclone, the horse that served as inspiration for Calgary artist Jeff de Boer’s Barbed Wire Bronco sculpture in the museum’s Mavericks gallery.
After watching this video, depending on the age of your child, you can ask and research these questions together:
Tom Three Persons was a Siksika cowboy. What can you learn about the Siksika people?
Where is the Siksika First Nation?
What important Historic Park is found on the Siksika First Nation and what happened there?
The events and the rules for the Calgary Stampede rodeo were different in 1912 than today. Cory mentioned one of those different rules for saddlebronc riding in the video.
What was it?
What events were part of the 1912 Calgary Stampede rodeo that aren’t done today?
What events done today weren’t done in 1912? What year did chuck-wagon racing become a Calgary Stampede event?
Here are some useful links to help with your research:
Glenbow’s Niitsitapiisini Blackfoot Stories microsite: https://www.glenbow.org/blackfoot/EN/html/index.htm
Canadian Encyclopedia: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/…/…/blackfoot-siksika
Calgary Stampede History: https://www.calgarystampede.com/heritage
Feeling extra inspired by Cyclone? Create your own artwork inspired by this sculpture and share it with us using the hashtag #GlenbowFromHome