Gatineau, Quebec, March 31, 2012 – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to launch its new travelling exhibition Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians. The exhibition will open at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation—Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on March 31, 2012.
Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians showcases the richness of LAC’s national portrait collection. The exhibition includes 100 portraits, offering visitors a behind-the-scenes look at more than 50 fascinating people who have left their mark on this country and its history. The exhibition’s curator will be available March 31 at 2 p.m. (ADT) to lead a tour open to the public and media.
“The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is very pleased to be presenting this unique collection of portraits in Charlottetown,” said Gallery Director, Kevin Rice. “This show promises to be an intriguing walk through Canadian history.”
The works span four centuries, including early explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain and more contemporary icons such as David Suzuki and Joni Mitchell, using a variety of media: paintings, photographs, cartoons, drawings, video and sculpture.
“Double Take is an excellent example of LAC’s commitment to making the country’s heritage and history accessible to all Canadians—regardless of where they live,” said Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “It is especially fitting that this exhibition is being launched at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, just steps away from where the idea of forming a country was first discussed, 148 years ago, by delegates from Britain’s North American colonies.”
Double Take invites visitors to encounter a range of people who have helped shape Canada, to explore their stories, and to discover something new and unexpected about them.
The exhibition Double Take runs until September 3, 2012, at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. It will then travel across Canada, opening at several other venues through 2014.
About the Confederation Centre Art Gallery
The purpose of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery is to inspire appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of Canada’s diverse cultural heritage by exhibiting, collecting, and communicating the work of Canadian visual artists. The Gallery is a program of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canada's only National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and their 1864 meeting in Charlottetown. In the words of Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, speaking at the opening ceremonies for the Confederation Centre of the Arts, October 6, 1964, “[This Memorial] is a tribute to those famous men who founded our Confederation. But it is also dedicated to the fostering of those things that enrich the mind and delight the heart, those intangible but precious things that give meaning to a society and help create from it a civilization and a culture.”
The Confederation Centre of the Arts showcases the best in Canadian visual and performing arts, and since 1965 has been home to The Charlottetown Festival’s iconic production, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™.
About Library and Archives Canada
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
For more information, please contact:
Pauline M. Portelance
Chief, Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada