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Past Exhibitions

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980

September 11 – November 28, 2010
The exhibition will travel across Canada in 2011–12

Opening Receptions:

Friday, September 10, 2010
6:30 pm at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
7:30 pm at the University of Toronto Art Centre

Sunday, September 12, 2010
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Blackwood Gallery
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Doris McCarthy Gallery

Free shuttle bus departs Hart House at 1:00 pm.
For reservations call the Blackwood Gallery at 905.828.3789 or email blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca by Friday, September 10th

Image Credit: N.E. Thing Co., Simulated Photo of the Moon's "Sea of Tranquility" Filled with Water and N.E. Thing Co.'s Sign Placed  Beside It, 1969.
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund.

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the first major exhibition documenting the many manifestations of Conceptual Art in Canada. Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 maps the diverse, centripetal and eccentric manifestations of Conceptualism as its premises were enacted, hybridized and inflected by the particular local and geographic needs and interests of urban arts communities. Presenting works in a diversity of media by over seventy Canadian artists, many of them internationally renowned, the exhibition includes such iconic works as Michael Snow’s Authorization, Lisa Steele’s Birthday Suit, Jeff Wall’s Landscape Manual, N.E. Thing Co.’s ACTs, David Askevold’s Project Class and Suzy Lake’s Identity Transfers among others.

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 is curated jointly by Grant Arnold (Vancouver Art Gallery), Catherine Crowston (Art Gallery of Alberta), Barbara Fischer (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery), Michèle Thériault with Vincent Bonin (Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal), and Jayne Wark (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design).

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, in partnership with the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University) and Halifax, INK.

Financially supported by the Museums Assistance program of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Art.


List of Artists by Venue

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Montreal Exhibition


Tim Clark, Gary Coward, Tom Dean, Jean-Marie Delavalle, Charles Gagnon, Yves Gaucher, Raymond Gervais, John Heward (in collaboration with Alex Neuman), Michèle Lalonde, Suzy Lake, Gunter Nolte, Rober Racine, Françoise Sullivan, David Tomas, Serge Tousignant, Bill Vazan with Ian Wallace, Bill Vazan, Robert Walker, Irene F. Whittome, Joyce Wieland.

Blackwood Gallery
Halifax Exhibition

Vito Acconci, David Askevold, John Baldessari, Bruce Barber, Wallace Branen, James Lee Byars, Eric Cameron, Ian Carr-Harris, Sylvain Cousineau and Francis Coutelier, Greg Curnoe, Jan Dibbets, Graham Dube, Gerald Ferguson, Michael Fernandes, Dan Graham, John Greer, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Richards Jarden, Donald Judd, Pat Kelly, Garry Neill Kennedy, Joseph Kosuth, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lee Lozano, Allan MacKay and Lionel Simons, Brian MacNevin, Barry MacPherson, Albert McNamara, Ian Murray, N.E. Thing Co., Denis Oppenheim, Bruce Parsons, Harold Pearse, Yvonne Rainer, Ellison Robertson, Michael Snow, Theodore Wan, Douglas Waterman, Lawrence Weiner, Joyce Wieland, Martha Wilson, Jon Young, Tim Zuck.

Doris McCarthy Gallery
Toronto, London, and Guelph Exhibitions

Vito Acconci, Robert Bowers, Colin Campbell, Ian Carr-Harris, Robin Collyer, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Stephen Cruise, Greg Curnoe, Robert Fones, General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal), Noel Harding, Joseph Kosuth, Suzy Lake, Gordon Lebredt, Arnaud Maggs, Robin McKenzie, John McEwen, Ian Murray, Dennis Oppenheim, Andy Patton, Martha Rosler, Tom Sherman, Rebecca Singleton, Michael Snow, Lisa Steele, John Watt, Joyce Wieland.

University of Toronto Art Centre
Vancouver, Prairies, and Toronto Exhibitions


Vancouver exhibition: Tom Burrows, Michael de Courcy, Christos Dikeakos, Dean Ellis, Rodney Graham, Image Bank (Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov), Bill Jones, Roy Kiyooka, Robert Kleyn, Glenn Lewis, Ken Lum, Duane Lunden, N.E. Thing Co., Robert Smithson, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Theodore Wan.

Prairies exhibition: Marcella Bienvenue, Kenneth Coutts-Smith, Max Dean, Brian Dyson, Jeff Funnell, Hans Haacke, Gordon Lebredt, Don Mabie, N.E. Thing Co., Dennis Oppenheim, Clive Robertson, Jeffrey Spalding, Paul Woodrow

Toronto exhibition continued: Les Levine, Vera Frenkel, General Idea


International Conference

November 26 – 28, 2010
University of Toronto

Registration opens November 1, 2010
Visit http://www.uofttix.ca/view.php?id=720 to register

Lectures, Panels, Screenings and Events: Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27
Tour of the Exhibition: Sunday, November 28



Installation Views

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 @ the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the Blackwood Gallery, the Doris McCarthy Gallery, and the University of Toronto Art Centre, 2010