May 11 – July 7, 2024

New Light

Works by Doris McCarthy
Curated by Carly Wolowich

In the Gallery

New Light focuses on the life and work of the late, Scarborough-based artist and writer Doris McCarthy (1910–2010). Uniting artwork and archival material, the exhibition will laud McCarthy’s artistic capabilities and assert the enduring relevance of her work.

The exhibition provides insights into McCarthy’s beloved relationship to Fool’s Paradise, her home on the Scarborough Bluffs. From there, the journey expands to McCarthy’s travels across Canada and to destinations as far as New Zealand and China. Central here is McCarthy’s emotive and eminently humanistic approach to capturing place, over time. McCarthy’s curiosity and dedication to learning are revealed through glimpses into her studio process, where she experimented with new styles and techniques. Throughout her career of more than 80 years, McCarthy ardently shared her wonder in the world, and was steadfastly committed to rendering it in a new light.

New Light is part of The Doris McCarthy Gallery's 20th anniversary programming, a celebration of the gallery's two decades of exhibitions, programs, and community-building in Scarborough.