In & Out of Saskatchewan
June 5 – July 27, 2019
Curated by Kate Whiteway
University of Toronto Art Centre
In & Out of Saskatchewan is an exhibition about Saskatchewan in Toronto, exploring artists’ works to illuminate the conditions by which art from “peripheral” places is legitimized by travelling to and from “centres.” The works offer alternate views on traditions associated with the Prairies, namely colour field abstraction, landscape painting, photography, weaving and ceramics. The exhibition spans several decades, bookmarked by the internationalism of the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops in the early 1960s and the opening of the public art museum, Remai Modern, in 2017. These two institutions invited an international audience into the local context of Saskatchewan, shaping who and what is considered central to the imported and exported narratives of art in the province. Drawing from the collections of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, as well as works sent directly from artists and mailed through the postal system, In & Out of Saskatchewan activates networks through which art travels. It questions what we might know about “Saskatchewan art,” and highlights the material and political conditions of an exhibition about an elsewhere, here. The exhibition posits art practices that are not defined by their distance from the ‘centre,’ but instead by correspondence, agency and travel.
 Annual two-week workshops run as an outpost of the University of Saskatchewan at in the Boreal forest of Saskatchewan between 1955 and 2012, with the aim of connecting local professional artists with international critics.
This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6-8pm
We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, with additional project support from TD Insurance.
Supported by: Lily Chin, Alison Colvin and Tim Hadwen, Alice Kuipers and Yann Martel, Jane and Terry Lidster, Ken Whiteway and Sheila Ann Whiteway.