The Military Museums
Past Exhibits 2019

Quilts of Valour Sew Day

The Military Museums :: Founders Gallery

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 10:30am - 2:30pm 

Quilts of Valour is an extraordinary non-profit organization that brings comfort to veterans and those wounded in service with handmade quilts. The Calgary regional group will turn the atrium of the Military Museums into their workshop for the day and welcome visitors to watch the construction of a pieced quilt, see finished quilts that will be gifted in the fall, and talk informally about the process.

The spirit of the day will echo the care and techniques employed by Canadian women and girls a hundred years ago who sewed quilts to raise money for the Red Cross that are now on display in the joint exhibition, Keepsakes of Conflict, Trench Art and Other Canadian War-related Craft and Quilting for a Cause, Red Cross Quilts of the Great War.   Free with admission to TMM.


Walled Off: The Politics of Containment

The Military Museums :: Founders Gallery

Feb 1, 2019 - May 20, 2019 

Walled Off: The Politics of Containment

Perhaps the ultimate denial of freedom is captivity; this exhibition brings together photographic work that explores state suppression, control and containment, and summons the never-ending quest for individual liberty and human dignity.

Curator, Dona Schwartz, University of Calgary

Artists: NOOR Za’atari project artists Nina Berman with Andrea Bruce, Alixandra Fazzina and Stanley Greene), Edmund Clark, Paula Luttringer and Peter van Agtmael

Gallery Tour: Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 2:00 pm

Dona Schwartz, Professor, Department of Art at the University of Calgary is guest curator of this group exhibition of photography. The exhibition includes four sets of works by Peter van Agtmael (USA), Edmund Clark (UK), Paula Luttringer (Argentina) and NOOR Za’atari project artists Nina Berman (USA) with Andrea Bruce (USA), Alixandra Fazzina (UK) and the late Stanley Greene (USA). Dona will give a tour of Walled Off, accompanied by Edmund Clark, who will discuss his two projects examining the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Curator, Dona Schwartz, University of Calgary



Tour of Duty

The Founders' Gallery

September 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Canadians and the Vietnam War

This personality based exhibit will relate a range of soldiers’ perspectives on the Vietnam War. Artifacts and oral histories from Canadians who were there will be presented. The central narrative will cover the estimated 40,000 Canadian citizens who enlisted in the U.S. military and fought overseas in the war. Other stories will be presented, including U.S. and South Vietnamese veterans who later moved to Canada.

Importantly, Canada’s official connection with the war will also be presented – the story of the International Commission of Control and Supervision. This little-known peacekeeping mission was responsible for overseeing the American withdrawal, and enabling the repatriation of hundreds of American POWs. The veterans associated with the Vietnam War have received very little recognition in Canada, and we hope to help correct this oversight.

An exhibition of 20 posters from the Whitney Museum of American Art selected from the recently acquired Daniel Wolf Collection of Protest Posters will give shape to social forces and cultural history in the United States from the early 1960’s through 1972.  As well, a sample of Vietnamese block prints from the village of Dong Ho exemplify a traditional New Year artform that declined during the war and is now being revived.

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