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 3rd 2012, at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. It will then travel across Canada, opening at several other venues through 2014. A virtual exhibition of these works will be available on LAC’s website this month.