Online Exhibitions

Unwrapping African Commemorative Cloth

Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection

In an effort to celebrate Black History year-round and recognize the important role the African Diasporan community occupies in Edmonton and Canadian culture, the online exhibition Unwrapping African Commemorative Cloth centres the substantial array of commemorative textiles from the diverse cultures of Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Sudan and Tchad. Explore factory-printed cloth with incredible communicative power and view textiles available for study from the Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection housed in the University of Alberta’s Department of Human Ecology. These artifacts have been researched and presented for virtual display thanks to support from the Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Researcher Award in the Department of Human Ecology and the University of Alberta Museums.

Online Exhibition

Materialities and Meaning of Past, Present, and Future

Faculty of Arts Signature Research Area Future of the Past

How is the past constructed by different social groups and how are these social categories distinguished and interconnected? How has this changed over time? 

Materialities and Meaning of Past, Present, and Future brings together human ecologists, anthropologists, art historians, classicists, historians, and archaeologists working at the University of Alberta. This exhibition focuses on deconstructing these questions. It provides examples from material culture studies that address changing perspectives on the intersections of gender, identity, race and ethnicity, the language of power and the study of under-represented groups. 

Online Exhibition

Two white mannequins wear a loose rainbow robe and a red fuzzy robe.

Photo: Anne Bissonnette. Woman’s robe by Claire Haddad, Edmonton, Alberta, ca. 1970, Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection, donated by Sheila Kelcher, 1998.33.6; Bathrobe, Edmonton, Alberta, ca. December 1970, on loan courtesy of Harold W. Sellers

Innerwear: Liminal Dressing 1820-2020

Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection

With the COVID-19 lockdown, working and learning from home have opened the doors to the world of liminal dressing. The boundaries between our public and private spheres begin to blur as we continue to meet at home through videoconferencing. The online exhibition Innerwear: Liminal Dressing 1820-2020 explores the concept of “undress” over the past 200 years through thoughtfully selected artifacts from the Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection and other various institutions. Functionality, comfort, modesty and social status are addressed as integral factors in understanding our choices of dress, even in the liminal spaces of our homes.

Online Exhibition

Maids dress and petticoat with colourful flowers from the 18th century

Dress & Escapism

Anne Lambert Clothing and Textiles Collection

In the first of this three-part series, the focus is placed on dress artifacts and curatorial practices. What can we learn from studying and presenting historical clothing? The series Dress & Escapism aims to provide answers to these questions by exploring different aspects of fashion history and dress interpretation. From rigorous observations and reproductions of museum artifacts to the artistry of costume design, the series explores sartorial expressions and their potential effects on the audience.
June 30, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Online Exhibition

Navy dragon on a golden yellow, floral patterned background

Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau: Selected Textiles from the Mactaggart Art Collection

Mactaggart Art Collection

With never-before-seen textiles from the Mactaggart Art Collection, Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau focuses on the variations of dragon pattern designs and the textile production techniques found through selected objects from Tibet between the 16th and 18th centuries.

In-Person Exhibition Dates: February 27 - May 1, 2020 (Closed early due to COVID-19 restrictions)

VR Exhibition Tour

Purple sepia toned image of workers in hardhats heading towards a building reading "Minerals of Alberta"

Minerals of Alberta

Mineralogy and Petrology Collection

To celebrate the anniversary of the 100th year since the publication of "The First Annual Report on the Mineral Resources of Alberta," this online exhibition introduces you to 13 mineral resources that were commercially produced either in the past or the present, as well as a couple of minerals that are found in Alberta that have not been produced yet.

Online Exhibition

graphic coloured design of the North Saskatchewan River with text "On the Banks of the River"

On the Banks of the River: A Gift of Art from the University of Alberta Museums Art Collection

University of Alberta Museums Art Collection & Mactaggart Art Collection

On the Banks of the River was created to commemorate President Bill Flanagan's installation as the 14th president and vice-chancellor of the University of Alberta. This selection of art, drawn from the University of Alberta Museums' Art collection, tells the story of the university from its establishment in 1908 on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River to the present.

Online Exhibition

Green embroidered duffel featuring orange, purple, and pink characters

"Untitled", 1981. Embroidered duffel; felt and thread. Victoria Mamnguksualuk. Born Garry Lake near Back River area, Nunavut, 1930. Died 2016. University of Alberta Art Collection. University of Alberta Museums. The Clifford E. Lee Collection. 1983.44.17.

Shifting Geographies: Inuit Art from the University of Alberta Art Collection

University of Alberta Museums Art Collection

This exhibition considers a range of Inuit works of art that highlight the lifestyle and cultural changes across the Canadian Arctic. Drawn from the University of Alberta Art Collection's broad holdings of Inuit art, Shifting Geographies ᐊᓯᔾᔨᕐᓂᖏᑦ ᓄᓇᖏᑦ shows how knowledge and skills have been passed on and transformed from one generation to the next.

In-Person Exhibition Dates: September 19 to October 26, 2019

VR Exhibition Tour