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Curators’ Introduction: Turbulent Landings: 2017 NGC Canadian Biennial

John Akomfrah. Vertigo Sea, 2015 3 channel high‑definition video National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Photo: © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery 

Join Catherine Crowston and Jonathan Shaughnessy, two of the co-curators of Turbulent Landings: The NGC 2017 Canadian Biennial, for an introduction to this satellite component of the National Gallery of Canada’s 2017 Canadian Biennial.

Co-curated by Catherine Crowston (Executive Director/Chief Curator, AGA), Jonathan Shaughnessy (Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, NGC), and Josée Drouin-Brisebois (Curator of Contemporary Art, NGC), Turbulent Landings features renowned Canadian and International artists whose works reflect on issues ranging from migration and the environment, to the effects of globalization and the tragic legacies of colonialism.


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).

Catherine Crowston is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of 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).

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