Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA celebrates Conceptual Art with new exhibition and special day of programming

Opening day includes tour, lecture, barbeque, musical tadpoles and more

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2011

EDMONTON, ABThe Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) invites the public to experience and celebrate Conceptual Art with A Day of TRAFFIC on Saturday, June 25 from noon-5 pm.

This full day of programming is centered on the upcoming AGA exhibition TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, the first exhibition to track the influence and diversity of one of the most transformative art movements of the late 20th century in Canada.

The day will begin with an exhibition tour by two of the exhibition’s curators, the AGA’s Catherine Crowston and Barbara Fischer from the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto. The tour will be followed by a special performance of Alberta artist Paul Woodrow’s Tadpole Quartet, which will involve musicians playing notes corresponding to the swimming patterns of marine life in an aquarium. This performance will take place in the Ernest C. Manning Hall, a space that can be accessed without paid admission.

Vancouver based art historian and critic Dr. William Wood will address two of the AGA exhibitions, TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 and ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured, in his free public talk. Wood will discuss both Warhol’s impact on conceptual art and conceptual art’s impact upon Warhol, setting both on related but distinct paths.

A barbeque on the City of Edmonton Terrace and interactive projects will round out the day, which provides an immersive and engaging introduction to Conceptual Art in Canada.

Saturday, June 25, noon-5 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta

12:30 pm Curators’ Tour: TRAFFIC (Free with Admission)
Featuring Barbara Fischer from the University of Toronto’s Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the AGA’s Catherine Crowston
2 pm Performance: Paul Woodrow’s Tadpole Quartet (Free)
2:30 pm Lecture: William Wood on Warhol and Conceptualism (Free)
3:30–5 pm Barbecue on the Terrace; interactive projects (Free with Admission)

TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 will be on view from June 25-September 25, 2011. This nationally touring exhibition features more than 400 works by over 70 artists, including artists such as N.E. Thing Co., Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland and Jeff Wall. Concerned with language, body, place and geography—all constitutive elements and primary interests of Conceptual Art — TRAFFIC has been organized around urban and regional centres in Canada (Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Guelph, London, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver) but also seeks to capture the effervescent, and often contentious, lines of artistic traffic that existed between them.

TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 was organized by a national team of six curators from across the country. It has been exhibited in Toronto and Halifax, and will travel to Montreal and Vancouver following its presentation in Edmonton.


The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc Restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.


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