MARGARET WATKINS: DOMESTIC SYMPHONIES
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
February 6 - May 3, 2014
Curator's Talk & Tour by Lori Pauli, Associate Curator, Photographs Collection, National Gallery of Canada: Thursday, February 6, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Author's Talk by Mary O'Connor, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, and Katherine Tweedie, co-authors of Seduced by Modernity: The Photography of Margaret Watkins: Thursday, March 13, 6 – 8 pm
Soap, gloves, a shower hose. Attractive and desirable objects? Absolutely, judging by the photographs by Margaret Watkins. (1884-1969)
Born in Hamilton, Ontario she made a name for herself during the 1920s in the world of commercial photography with the staging of everyday objects for the purpose of advertising and through her photography, making them works of art. At the time, Vanity Fair magazine acknowledged her talent and published a two-page spread entitled “Photography Comes into the Kitchen”.
Margaret Watkins: Domestic Symphonies is an exhibition of 97 photographs dating from 1914-1939 and varying from portraits and landscapes that bear the soft focus, romantic mood and lyrical forms of the Pictorialist movement, to modernist still lifes, street scenes, advertising work and commercial designs, inspired by this passion for music.
An exhibition catalogue, produced by the National Gallery of Canada, is available.