Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989
September 29, 2016 – May 7, 2017
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Wednesday, September 28
6 – 9 pm
October 6 – November 13, 2016
Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971- 1989 - In Performance
November 7, 2016
Luis Jacob and Wanda Nanibush in conversation
Exploring the experimental energy of an era, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 brings together more than 100 works by 65 artists and collectives to highlight an innovative period in Toronto art history. Amidst the social and political upheavals of their time, the generation of artists that emerged in Toronto during the 1970s and 1980s pushed the boundaries of conventional painting, sculpture and photography, exploring new ways of art making including video, installation and performance. Drawing heavily from the AGO collection Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 opens on September 29, 2016, filling the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower. The exhibition, which runs until May, 2017, will be accompanied by a live performance series, a film and video festival, as well as satellite installations throughout the Gallery.
Organized thematically and punctuated by references to Toronto and its cityscape, the exhibition highlights the era’s preoccupation with ideas of performance, the body, the image, self portraiture, storytelling, and representation. Featured artists include Michael Snow, Joanne Tod, the Clichettes, Duke Redbird, Barbara Astman, Robin Collyer, Robert Houle, Carol Conde and Carl Beveridge, as well as highly influential artists like photographer June Clarke, illustrator Ato Seitu, and dub poet Lillian Allen. This is the first time since the AGO’s reopening in 2008 that many of these seminal works have been on display.
Curated by Wanda Nanibush, assistant curator of Canadian and Indigenous art, the title of the exhibition—a reference to the city’s many buried waterways—serves as a visual metaphor for the diversity of the cities art scene and its similarly buried histories. Intended as an evolving display, many of the works in the exhibition are scheduled to be rotated in January 2017, inviting visitors to rediscover even more artists including Vera Frenkel, Jayce Salloum and Fastwurms.
Toronto:Tributes + Tributaries List of Artists
Karl Beveridge + Carol Condé
Ame Henderson & Evan Webber
Glace W. Lawrence
Robert Nelson Markle
Randy & Berenicci
Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak
Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario
This exhibition is included with general admission.