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Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989

Exhibition Dates

September 29, 2016 – May 22, 2017



Located on the fourth floor of the Contemporary Tower

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 fills the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower. The exhibition runs until May 22, 2017, will be accompanied by 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 were rotated and refreshed in January 2017, so visitors could rediscover even more artists including Vera Frenkel, Jayce Salloum and Fastwurms.

Toronto:Tributes + Tributaries List of Artists

Rhonda Abrams
Shelagh Alexander
Lillian Allen
Stephen Andrews
Barbara Astman
Rebecca Belmore
Raphael Bendahan
Ron Benner
Karl Beveridge + Carol Condé
David Bolduc
Susan Britton
Brian Burnett
Colin Campbell
Ian Carr-Harris
Elizabeth Chitty
June Clark
The Clichettes
Robin Collyer
Keith Cole
Stephen Cruise
Greg Curnoe
Dennis Day
Martha Davis
Tom Dean
Lily Eng
Bruce Elder
Andy Fabo
Murray Favro
Robert Flack
Robert Fones
Vera Frenkel
Richard Fung
General Idea
Ron Giii
Oliver Girling
Will Gorlitz
K.M. Graham
John Greyson
Janice Gurney
Noel Harding
Jamelie Hassan
Ame Henderson & Evan Webber
Phil Hoffman
Robert Houle
Johanna Householder
Hummer Sisters
Tim Jocelyn
Nancy Johnson
Brian Kipping

Nobuo Kubota
Suzy Lake
Glace W. Lawrence
Rita Letendre
Louise Liliefeldt
Jorge Lozano
Catharine MacTavish
Arnaud Maggs
Annette Mangaard
Robert Nelson Markle
Tanya Mars
John Massey
Derek May
John McEwen
Deepa Mehta
Kim Moodie
Norval Morrisseau
Kazuo Nakamura
Shelley Niro
Louise Noguchi
Midi Onodera
Susan Oxtoby
Andy Patton
Randy & Berenicci
David Rasmus
Gordon Rayner
Duke Redbird
Clive Robertson
Patricia Rozema
Su Rynard
Jayce Salloum
Ato Seitu
Arthur Shilling
Tom Sherman
Walter Scott
John Scott
Michael Snow
Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak
Joanne Tod
Jeff Thomas
Tony Urquhart
Carol Wainio
Douglas Walker
Rodney Werden
Shirley Wiitasalo
Winsom Winsom
Colette Whiten
Tim Whiten
Joyce Wieland
David Zapparolli

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

This exhibition is included with general admission.

Government Partners

  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

    Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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