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A companion exhibition to the National Gallery of Canada’s 2017 Canadian Biennial, Turbulent Landings features new work from Canadian and International artists.

Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial is organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the “NGC@AGA’ exhibition series.
 

Since 2010 the National Gallery of Canada has presented its most recent acquisitions of contemporary art in Biennial exhibitions that highlight leading examples of Canadian and Indigenous art-making. In 2017, for the first time, works by international contemporary artists will also be featured, many of which form the foundation of this unique partnered exhibition of the Canadian Biennial, presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta as part of the ongoing “NGC@AGA” partnership.

Entitled, Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial at the AGA features a diverse spectrum of artworks including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and mixed-media installations created by some of the Canadian and International art worlds’ most luminary and influential artists including: John Akomfrah, Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu, Chris Ofili, Wael Shawky, Hajra Waheed, and the late Beau Dick, whose works have all been acquired for the national collection since 2014. Major pieces by Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden, Rebecca Belmore, Edward Poitras and Kelly Richardson, which were presented in previous Canadian Biennials and in Sakahan, the National Gallery's first quinquennial exhibition of international Indigenous Art in 2013, are also featured.

Together, the works in Turbulent Landings extend upon the subjects and themes addressed by artists across the 2017 Canadian Biennial in both venues, issues of great consequence at home and abroad, from migration and the environment, to the effects of globalization and the tragic legacies of colonialism.

Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial is curated by Catherine Crowston, Josee Drouin-Brisebois and Jonathan Shaughnessy and produced by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada as part of the “NGC@AGA’ exhibition series. 

Artists

John Akomfrah
Shuvinai Ashoona /John Noestheden
Rebecca Belmore
Mark Bradford
Beau Dick
Julie Mehretu

Chris Ofili
Edward Poitras
Kelly Richardson
Wael Shawky
Hajra Waheed

Curators

Jonathan Shaughnessy is Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Canada where his exhibitions include the 2017 Canadian Biennial, “Human Scale” (2016), “100 Years Today” in Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 (2014-15) and Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012. He organized Louise Bourgeois: 1911-2010, the Gallery’s homage to the late sculptor that was on view in Ottawa before traveling to the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, and MOCCA, Toronto (2011-13). His most recent publication Points of Departure: Vera Frenkel Words and Works (Black Dog, 2016) followed from the major survey exhibition on the Toronto artist he organized for the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (now MOCA) in 2014. Shaughnessy is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, and is also pursuing his PhD at the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Arts and Culture (ICSLAC), Carleton University, where his research interests include Canadian and international contemporary art production and its institutional collection as related to issues of globalization, transnationalism, and diaspora.

Executive Director/Chief Curator

Catherine Crowston is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta, having joined the Gallery in 1998. From 1994-1997, Crowston was the Director/Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta) and Editor of the Walter Phillips Gallery Editions. Prior to this, she was Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (1986-1994) and was both an Editor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Fuse Magazine in Toronto (1989-1995).

Over the course of her career, Crowston has curated over 50 exhibitions and overseen the production of numerous national travelling exhibition projects, partnerships and publications. These include major exhibitions of the work of Allora + Calzadilla, Janet Cardiff + George Bures Miller, Chris Cran, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Faye HeavyShield, Alex Janvier, Brian Jungen and Damian Moppett + Ron Moppett.

In 2016, Crowston was the Commissioner for the Canadian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture and was Canadian Commissioner for the Sydney Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2002. In that same year, she was awarded the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts and the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Award in 2005. Under Crowston’s leadership, the Art Gallery of Alberta has received two Canadian Museums Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Management (2012) and Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions (2013). In 2015 Crowston was inducted into the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame.

In addition to her work at the AGA, Crowston has taught courses on curatorial practice and public art at the University of Alberta, and currently serves on the McEwan University Fine Arts Advisory Board (Edmonton). She has also served as Vice-Chair of the City of Edmonton Public Art Committee (2008-2012) and was a founding member of the University of Alberta’s Festival of Ideas Advisory Board.

In 2016, Crowston was the Commissioner for the Canadian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture and was Canadian Commissioner for the Sydney Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2002. In that same year, she was awarded the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts and the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Award in 2005. Under Crowston’s leadership, the Art Gallery of Alberta has received two Canadian Museums Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Management (2012) and Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions (2013). In 2015 Crowston was inducted into the City of Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame.

In addition to her work at the AGA, Crowston has taught courses on curatorial practice and public art at the University of Alberta, and currently serves on the McEwan University Fine Arts Advisory Board (Edmonton). She has also served as Vice-Chair of the City of Edmonton Public Art Committee (2008-2012) and was a founding member of the University of Alberta’s Festival of Ideas Advisory Board.