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Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980
19 Mar 2011 – 8 May 2011
Gerald Ferguson, 1,000,000 Pennies
one million Canadian pennies
installation view, MSVU Art Gallery, 2011
Organized around urban and regional centres of art production, this exhibition captures the exuberant ‘traffic‘ between them during the inaugural phase of conceptual art, one of the most transformative art movements of the late 20th century.
Traffic is jointly presented by local university Art Galleries, with MSVU hosting the Halifax section curated by Jayne Wark. Between 1969 and 1980 the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design became a centre of international conceptual art activity. The College established innovative courses and programs such as David Askevold’s Projects Class, the Lithography Workshop, The Press, the Visitors Program and the Mezzanine Gallery. Key instigators of this profusion of activity were President Garry Neill Kennedy and faculty members Gerald Ferguson and David Askevold.
Among the many artists whose works appear in this section are the aforementioned plus Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Bruce Barber, Jan Dibbets, Dan Graham, Sol Lewitt, Theodore Wan, Joyce Wieland and Martha Wilson.
The nationally touring exhibition Traffic is curated jointly by Grant Arnold (Vancouver Art Gallery), Catherine Crowston (Art Gallery of Alberta), Barbara Fischer (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto), Michele Theriault with Vincent Bonin (Leonard & Bina Allen Art Gallery, Concordia University) and Jayne Wark (NSCAD University).
PANEL DISCUSSION Jayne Wark, Wallace Brannen and Garry Neil Kennedy discuss the history and impact of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’s Lithography Workshop in a public panel discussion on Sunday 27 March, from 2 to 4pm.
Read the catalogue essay by Jayne Wark
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