Ian Dejardin: Northern Pine Lecture Series

Northern Pine Lecture Series: Ian Dejardin
Thursday, December 10 | 6 to 7 pm


Join us for a deep dive into Northern Pine and explore the life and times of the Canadian Artists known as the “Group of Seven”. 

Join Ian Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, for a thought-provoking talk entitled:

Sunshine and Burning Golden Leaves and Blue Waters:
What Forces formed the Group of Seven?

Dejardin will take a look at the decade leading up to the Group’s founding and examine the various influences and events that resulted in the formulation of their shared aesthetic – their ‘like vision’ as Lawren Harris described it in his essay accompanying the very first Group of Seven exhibition in May 1920.

FREE. Registration required. Limited Capacity.

Speaker Bio: Ian Dejardin

Ian A C Dejardin is an art historian, exhibition curator and museum professional.

From April 2017 Dejardin has held the position of Executive Director for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario.  In 2005 he succeeded Desmond Shawe-Taylor as Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery having held the position of Curator of that Gallery’s famous permanent collection of European Old Master paintings from 1998. While at Dulwich, Ian co-curated Henry Moore at Dulwich Picture Gallery (2004); Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (2011); Emily Carr: From the Forest to the Sea (2014); and Vanessa Bell (2017), the latter two exhibitions in collaboration with Sarah Milroy, with whom he has also co-curated David Milne: Modern Painting (2018; at Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection). He has organized numerous other exhibitions for the Gallery and authored the Gallery’s publication, Director’s Choice (2006), published by Scala.

Ian A. C. Dejardin holds an MA (Hons) in History of Art from the University of Edinburgh. He completed a postgraduate Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at Manchester University. He started his career as a curatorial assistant at the Royal Academy of Arts, then spent seven years with English Heritage, firstly as Senior Curator of Paintings for the London Region, responsible for, amongst others, the collection at Kenwood House; then as Head of Historic Team.



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