MASS MoCA's landmark Oh, Canada — the major American exhibition that celebrated the vast and vibrant Canadian contemporary art scene — is coming north of the border.
The acclaimed exhibition will show across multiple venues in Atlantic Canada for three months, beginning June 27.
It will then move to Calgary and open in multiple galleries as of Jan. 31, 2015.
"We're thrilled that in many cases, the show is allowing these galleries to collaborate for the first time, as so many people wanted to come together to celebrate these artists," said Denise Markonish, the ambitious curator behind the show.
Over a three-year span, Markonish — a curator for the North Adams, Mass. arts and cultural centre MASS MoCA — made more than 400 studio visits to artists in nearly every Canadian province or territory to assemble the extensive show.
Her goal was to offer a fresh glimpse into Canada's exciting contemporary art scene and to shine a light on working artists who might be less recognized abroad.
In North Adams, the show ran from May 2012 through April 1, 2013 and featured new works by more than five dozen Canadians, including Michael Snow, Kent Monkman, Annie Pootoogook, Rebecca Belmore, BGL, Shary Boyle, Graeme Patterson, Marcel Dzama and Kim Adams.
When it opens in Atlantic Canada, Oh Canada will span two provinces, with art to be on display at:
- The Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown
- The Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, NB
- The Louise and Reuben Cohen Art Gallery at the University of Moncton
- The Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton.
In Calgary, the show will spread out throughout the city, including:
- The Glenbow
- The Esker Foundation
- The Illingworth Kerr Gallery at ACAD
- The Nickel Galleries at the University of Calgary