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Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965 to 1980

Works by:

Tom Burrows, Michael de Courcy, Christos Dikeakos, Dean Ellis, Rodney Graham, Image Bank (Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov), Bill Jones, Roy Kiyooka, Robert Kleyn, Glenn Lewis, Ken Lum, Duane Lunden, N.E. Thing Co., Robert Smithson, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Theodore Wan, Marcella Bienvenue, Kenneth Coutts-Smith, Max Dean, Brian Dyson, Jeff Funnell, Hans Haacke, Gordon Lebredt, Don Mabie, N.E. Thing Co., Dennis Oppenheim, Clive Robertson, Jeffrey Spalding, Paul Woodrow, Tim Clark, Gary Coward, Tom Dean, Jean-Marie Delavalle, Charles Gagnon, Yves Gaucher, Raymond Gervais, John Heward (in collaboration with Alex Neuman), Michèle Lalonde, Suzy Lake, Gunter Nolte, Rober Racine, Françoise Sullivan, David Tomas, Serge Tousignant, Bill Vazan with Ian Wallace, Bill Vazan, Robert Walker, Irene F. Whittome, Joyce Wieland, Vito Acconci, David Askevold, John Baldessari, Bruce Barber, Wallace Branen, James Lee Byars, Eric Cameron, Ian Carr-Harris, Sylvain Cousineau and Francis Coutelier, Greg Curnoe, Jan Dibbets, Graham Dube, Gerald Ferguson, Michael Fernandes, Dan Graham, John Greer, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Richards Jarden, Donald Judd, Pat Kelly, Garry Neill Kennedy, Joseph Kosuth, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lee Lozano, Allan MacKay and Lionel Simons, Brian MacNevin, Barry MacPherson, Albert McNamara, Ian Murray, N.E. Thing Co., Denis Oppenheim, Bruce Parsons, Harold Pearse, Yvonne Rainer, Ellison Robertson, Michael Snow, Theodore Wan, Douglas Waterman, Lawrence Weiner, Joyce Wieland, Martha Wilson, Jon Young, Tim Zuck

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965 to 1980

September 10–November 28, 2010

Curated by Grant Arnold, Vincent Bonin, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault, and Jayne Wark

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, in partnership with the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University) and Halifax, INK.

University of Toronto Art Centre
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965-1980 is the first major account of the development of Conceptual Art in Canada from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s. By far one of the most important and long-lasting art movements of the 20th Century, Conceptual Art originated within the social and political turmoil of the 1960s – from feminism and gay liberation to anti-racism and anti-war movements – and presented a profound challenge to the institution of art.

This exhibition focuses on specific manifestations of Conceptual Art practices in urban centres across Canada, with particular attention to the inter-regional and international traffic that facilitated fertile cross-pollinations and exchanges amongst artists in this country.

List of Artists by Venue

University of Toronto Art Centre

Vancouver, Prairies and Toronto exhibition

Vancouver: Tom Burrows, Michael de Courcy, Christos Dikeakos, Dean Ellis, Rodney Graham, Image Bank (Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov), Bill Jones, Roy Kiyooka, Robert Kleyn, Glenn Lewis, Ken Lum, Duane Lunden, N.E. Thing Co., Robert Smithson, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Theodore Wan

Prairies: Marcella Bienvenue, Kenneth Coutts-Smith, Max Dean, Brian Dyson, Jeff Funnell, Hans Haacke, Gordon Lebredt, Don Mabie, N.E. Thing Co., Dennis Oppenheim, Clive Robertson, Jeffrey Spalding, Paul Woodrow

Toronto exhibition continued: Les Levine, Vera Frenkel, General Idea

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Montréal exhibition

Tim Clark, Gary Coward, Tom Dean, Jean-Marie Delavalle, Charles Gagnon, Yves Gaucher, Raymond Gervais, John Heward (in collaboration with Alex Neuman), Michèle Lalonde, Suzy Lake, Gunter Nolte, Rober Racine, Françoise Sullivan, David Tomas, Serge Tousignant, Bill Vazan with Ian Wallace, Bill Vazan, Robert Walker, Irene F. Whittome, Joyce Wieland

Blackwood Gallery

Halifax exhibition

Vito Acconci, David Askevold, John Baldessari, Bruce Barber, Wallace Branen, James Lee Byars, Eric Cameron, Ian Carr-Harris, Sylvain Cousineau and Francis Coutelier, Greg Curnoe, Jan Dibbets, Graham Dube, Gerald Ferguson, Michael Fernandes, Dan Graham, John Greer, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Richards Jarden, Donald Judd, Pat Kelly, Garry Neill Kennedy, Joseph Kosuth, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lee Lozano, Allan MacKay and Lionel Simons, Brian MacNevin, Barry MacPherson, Albert McNamara, Ian Murray, N.E. Thing Co., Denis Oppenheim, Bruce Parsons, Harold Pearse, Yvonne Rainer, Ellison Robertson, Michael Snow, Theodore Wan, Douglas Waterman, Lawrence Weiner, Joyce Wieland, Martha Wilson, Jon Young, Tim Zuck

Doris McCarthy Gallery

Toronto, London, Guelph exhibitions

Vito Acconci, Robert Bowers, Colin Campbell, Ian Carr-Harris, Robin Collyer, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Stephen Cruise, Greg Curnoe, Robert Fones, General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal ), Noel Harding, Joseph Kosuth, Suzy Lake, Gordon Lebredt, Arnaud Maggs, Robin McKenzie, John McEwen, Ian Murray, Dennis Oppenheim, Andy Patton, Martha Rosler, Tom Sherman, Rebecca Singleton, Michael Snow, Lisa Steele, John Watt, Joyce Wieland

Programs: Traffic Talks

Conversation

Conceptual Art in Vancouver, Its Legacy and Present Day Practice
Wednesday September 22, 2010, 5:30-6:30pm
Featuring Ron Terada and Nicholas Brown
University of Toronto Art Centre

Conversation

Ingrid Baxter in conversation with Bill Kirby
Tuesday October 26, 2010, 6-7:30pm
Featuring Ingrid Baxter and Bill Kirby
University of Toronto Art Centre

Lecture

Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because they think it’s a good idea.
Monday November 1, 2010, 6-8pm
Featuring Jan Verwoert
George Ignatieff Theatre
Trinity College, University of Toronto

Panel Talk

Conceptualism and its Discontents
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 7-9pm
Featuring Suzy Lake, Gordon Lebredt, and Bill Kirby, and Matt Brower
University of Toronto Art Centre

Conference

Traffic: Conceptualism in Canada
Friday November 26 – Saturday, November 27, 2010
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Touring Program

Badischer Kunstverein, April 19 – June 23, 2013, June 28 – September 8, 2013
Canadian Cultural Centre, February 7–April 25, 2014, May 20 – September 5, 2014

Publication

Media

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts with additional project support from the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the University of Toronto Art Centre, Blackwood Gallery (UTM), the Doris McCarthy Gallery (UTS), the Vancouver Art Gallery, Manulife Financial, and the Ontario Arts Council, in partnership with the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University) and Halifax INK.

Produced with the assistance of the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Heritage.


Title Image: N.E. Thing Co., You Are Now in the Middle of an N.E. Thing Co. Landscape, 1968. Lithograph on card stock.

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