Learn how dogs have helped shape our world with Museum Month exhibits in Brampton


Published April 26, 2024 at 1:34 pm

Learn how dogs have helped shape our world with Museum Month exhibits in Brampton

The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives have gone to the dogs to explore our connections to our best four-legged friends and much more to celebrate Museum Month in Brampton.

The exhibit is called Oh My Dog! and is just one of several new installations coming soon to PAMA as part of its annual Museum Month programming next month.

This exhibition will showcase historical and contemporary works by artists of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have focused on the dog as a symbol, exploring “perspectives on the dog’s relationship with humans around cultural identity, social and aesthetic values, ethics, animal rights, lifestyle, and consumerism.”

There’s also the Kimutsik photo exhibit, featuring dogs running freely “and returning as spirits set against a kaleidoscopic backdrop.”

“It is based on a time in the mid-twentieth century when the Canadian government enforced harsh laws that saw the senseless demise of many Inuit-owned dogs as a way to push Inuit into settlements,” PAMA said in a release.

But there will be more than just dog-related exhibits and activities running for Museum Month, including a paint night as a part of the FOLD festival, a youth art showcase, a music night featuring the Brampton Folk Club and a Mother’s Day Tea event.

The Kimutsik photo exhibit is being put on in partnership with the CONTACT Photography Festival and runs until Nov. 23, while Oh My Dog! starts on May 25 and runs until Sept. 3.

PAMA will host a free opening-night reception for Oh My Dog! on May 24. For a full list of programming available at PAMA you can visit www.pama.peelregion.ca.or visit PAMA at 9 Wellington St. East in Brampton.

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