Ryerson University

Although the Great War is often gendered male, the women who engaged with the war left an indelible impact on history. Soldiering through countless hardships, women artists in Canada and Newfoundland contributed unique representations of the Great War and its effects on society at a national scale.

Parallels, an exhibition at Ryerson’s MLC Gallery, pays tribute to a mighty triad of female artists. Among the items on public display are sculpting tools, publications and a dazzling silk scarve that has a war time story all its own.

This exhibition is open to the general public. All are welcome to come and explore the critical impact of these significant women artists on the narrative and visual culture of the Great War.

Parallels: Women Representing the Great War in Canada and Newfoundland

Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre Gallery
111 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Lower Floor
March 15 - April 30, 2018
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Curator’s Guided Tour of the Exhibition
Wednesday, March 14, 1:00 PM

RSVP by email

For more information about the exhibition or for interviews with the curator, please contact:
Cameron MacDonald, coordinator, admin@mlc.ryerson.ca
Caitlin Bailey, curator, curator@greatwarcentre.com

View complete information about the exhibition

Recent News

Upcoming PUBZ meeting on Thurs, April 5

Upcoming PUBZ meeting on Thurs, April 5

ATTENTION STUDENT SCHOLARS: Next PUBZ meeting is Thursday, April 5. RSVP now!

“We are the Dead”

“We are the Dead”

Irene Gammel’s New Publication Explores the Making of John McCrae’s Iconic Poem

The MLC Welcomes Its Latest Members

The MLC Welcomes Its Latest Members

The MLC welcomes Nasrin Islam, Scott Sparrow, Jhenelle Grey and Jessica Young.

Parallels: Women Representing the Great War in Canada and Newfoundland

Parallels: Women Representing the Great War in Canada ...

An exhibition at Ryerson's MLC Gallery paying tribute to female artists who contributed unique representations of the Great War.

The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

MLC Themes

The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

Amid the unprecedented social change of World War I, women renegotiated their identities by dramatically changing the way they engaged with the arts. But how did they do so? And how did everyday citizens engage with the war?

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

MLC Themes

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, considered by many to be the mother of Dada, was a daringly innovative poet and an early creator of junk sculpture. “The Baroness” was best known for her sexually charged, often controversial performances.

Modernism in the World

MLC Themes

Modernism in the World

Recent research has departed from the Euro-centric and national view of Modernism to include approaches and methods studying Modernism across national boundaries and across different art forms to include fashion, dance, performance, technology, and visual culture.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

MLC Themes

Lucy Maud Montgomery

L.M. Montgomery is perhaps Canada's most important literary export. She was prolific writer of over 500 short stories and poems, and twenty novels, including the beloved Anne of Green Gables.

Canadian Modernism

MLC Themes

Canadian Modernism

The works of numerous Canadian authors who lived during the modernist era may well constitute the most central and experimental articulation of Canadian modernism in prose, allowing authors to stage cross-cultural, controversial, and even conflicted identities.

Modernist Biography and Life Writing

MLC Themes

Modernist Biography and Life Writing

Life writing, including autobiographical accounts, diaries, letters and testimonials written or told by women and men whose political, literary or philosophical purposes are central to their lives, has become a standard tool for communication and the dissemination of information.