Art Gallery of Alberta

AGA travels to Calgary for discussion of pivotal years in city’s art history

Free public panel focuses on 1970s and the role of Conceptual Art

For Immediate Release
June 8, 2011

EDMONTON, ABThe Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to present TRAFFIC: The Panel on Thursday, June 16 at 7 pm in Calgary’s EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts. This free event, held in conjunction with the upcoming AGA exhibition TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980, is the first major exhibition to track the influence and diversity of Conceptual Art in Canada. The panel will look at the roots of Conceptual Art in Calgary and their affect on the city’s artistic production today.

TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 considers how conceptually driven art emerged in different regions of the country. An important component of the exhibition focuses on artistic production in Calgary in the 1970s, and how that decade played a critical role in shaping the foundations of the city’s current art scene. This panel will address these pivotal years and focus on some of the era’s key people, events and histories and the nature of the engagement with the premises of Conceptual Art. TRAFFIC: The Panel is presented by Enbridge.

The panel will be moderated by AGA Deputy Director/Chief Curator Catherine Crowston, one of the curators of the TRAFFIC exhibition. Panelists will include: artists Rita McKeough, Ron Moppett and Paul Woodrow, as well as Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) Critic in Residence Nancy Tousley.

TRAFFIC: The Panel
Thursday, June 16, 7 pm
EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, Engineered Air Theatre
205 8 St SE, Calgary AB

The panel at the Epcor Centre will be followed by a reception at nearby Centini Restaurant & Lounge.
For panelist bios and exhibition information, please see the attached Backgrounder.

TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 was organized by six curators from five institutions across the country. It has been exhibited in Toronto and Halifax, and will travel to Montreal and Vancouver following its stay in Edmonton. It will be on view at the AGA from June 25 to September 25, 2011.

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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