Take a trip to the pasture with the exhibition Cattle Call,
returning to TREX Region 2 for a final five periods in 2019!
Alberta is a province that was basically built on agricultural production and the importance of this endeavor is apparent in the visual records of the province. Throughout the past century many artists have directed their vision to recording the region’s rich bounty or recounting the trials of farming in a northern environment. Alberta’s artists have also investigated the ‘human’ side of this economic endeavor; creating works examining everything from farm laborers to iconic grain elevators and tractor tires.
Agricultural practice, however, involves more than fields of grain or the human constituents of this activity and a handful of artists in the province have paid homage to the ‘silent’ players in this pursuit. One of these subjects is the humble cow. Because of their economic importance cattle have played vital cultural roles throughout human history and their significance has been reflected in the visual arts since their domestication over 10,000 years ago.
The travelling exhibition Cattle Call focuses on cattle as they have been expressed by artists throughout Alberta. Presenting art works from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the works in this exhibition portray ‘the cow’ both as an essential feature of Alberta’s economy and way of life and also as a cherished companion.
Curated by Shane Golby, Art Gallery of Alberta (TREX Region 2)
19 art works
2 text panels
75 running feet
Cover image credit: Helen Flaig. I’m the Boss, 1996. Oil on Masonite. Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.