Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment
Discover a lesser-known chapter in Canadian art history
Uninvited celebrates a generation of extraordinary women painters, photographers, weavers, beadworkers and sculptors from a century ago. Together, they opened up new frontiers for women artists in Canada, as seen in this cross-country snapshot of female creativity during the dynamic interwar period.
Incorporating the work of settler and Indigenous visual artists in a stirring affirmation of the female creative voice, Uninvited challenges the notion of the quintessential Canadian artist. It explores the diversity of women creators from coast to coast to coast, many of whom have been neglected by traditional art history. What emerges is a vibrant social mandate for art, moving away from the unpopulated wilderness portrayed by many of the era’s male artists to a poignant examination of cities, resource extraction, social issues, human psychology, the displacement of Indigenous peoples, and the immigrant experience. These women depicted what their male counterparts were perhaps less inclined to see, producing art from a place of deep humanity, curiosity and intelligence.
Featuring nearly 200 works of art, the National Gallery of Canada’s presentation of Uninvited includes more than 30 works from its own collection. The Gallery is thrilled to be the fourth and final venue for this remarkable exhibition, which offers a fuller and more diverse picture of the visual arts in Canada during a pivotal modern moment.
Organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with the exceptional support of the National Gallery of Canada