Exhibitions

Joi T. Arcand, ekawiya nepewisi (don’t be shy), 2017, neon channel sign. Photograph by Toni Hafkenscheid

The RMG annually programs over twenty exhibitions across six gallery spaces. With a focus on modern and contemporary Canadian art, we present a variety of exhibitions that reflect a diverse range of artistic output, including painting, photography, sculpture, film, installation and performance. Reflecting our commitment to connect our communities through art, we strive to produce innovative and timely exhibitions that recognize our collective responsibility to contend with the past and vision a more equitable, just, and expansive future.  

View a selection of online exhibition catalogues here.

Code Switch

June 18th, 2022 - July 31st, 2022

Join Malik for an Artist Talk on July 21st! In virtual spaces, expressions of identity are usually performed through avatars. Malik McKoy’s new body of work asks how these carefully mediated and constructed identities actually relate to the people they represent when they are used to connect or perform moral virtue. As an abstract self-portrait, […]

True Currency

June 18th, 2022 - November 5th, 2022

True Currency is an exhibition about indebtedness and exchange. Bringing together works that explore alternative economies, reciprocity, indebtedness, labour, and wellbeing, this show looks at how value is produced through the circulation of goods and ideas. Within our current market economy, competition and accumulation are prioritized above all else, but what is lost through these […]

Come Together

June 18th, 2022 - January 8th, 2023

Over the last couple of years, Oshawa’s popular community events, such as live music performances, Fiesta Festival, Pride, and the Peony Festival, shifted to digital formats. With plans for a return to in-person events, this exhibition reflects on ways Oshawa residents gathered in the past and celebrates the importance of community coming together in celebration […]

Elemental: Oceanic

April 9th, 2022 - August 28th, 2022

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart… live in the question.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet Tune in to a conversation between Tim Whiten and Erika DeFreitas, filmed at Whiten’s Toronto studio. During this recorded talk, both discuss their creative process, reflect on influences, and share recent work […]

Complete Freedom

December 11th, 2021 - October 9th, 2022

Painters Eleven was the first abstract artist collective in Ontario. They were founded in 1953 at the cottage of artist Alexandra Luke on the Oshawa/Whitby border. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s collection began in 1967 when artist Alexandra Luke, a member of the Painters Eleven, donated thirty-seven works from her private collection. Luke’s donation of art […]

Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory

November 27th, 2021 - August 21st, 2022

Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory is the second of four locality specific iterations of the Mamanaw Pekiskwewina project and is presented in tandem with the tour of Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it, […]

Journeys

On now until September 25, 2022. In countless literary epic journeys, the hero(ine) encounters trials and adventures along their path, which ultimately lead to personal growth and transformation. While these mythic stories are fictional, they can reflect our common experiences. Over the course of our lives we too embark on both physical and emotional journeys […]