Traffic makes traffic

John Baldessari, "I will not make any more boring art", 1971, NSCAD University Permanent Art Collection

 

This weekend marked the beginning of Traffic, an exhibition that spans across art institutions in Halifax: Anna Leonowens Gallery (NSCAD University), Dalhousie Art Gallery, MSVU Art Gallery (Mount Saint Vincent University) and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. Running from March 18th to May 8, 2011, Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 is the first major exhibition to focus on the influence and manifestations of conceptual art in Canada, a movement that can be largely understood through Sol LeWitt’s famous 1967 statement that “the idea becomes a machine that makes the art”.

 

Traffic- Conceptual Art in Canada- 1965 - 1980

 

Traffic’s presentation in Halifax acknowledges the international prominence of this city in the development of Conceptual Art, with the transformation of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (now NSCAD University) in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Highlights include curator Jayne Wark’s tour of the MSVU Art Gallery on Saturday, March 19th, Jeffrey Spalding will be giving a talk on Thursday, March 24th a Sait Mary’s University Art Gallery, a panel discussion with Wallace Brannen, Garry Neill Kennedy and Jayne Wark on Sunday, March 27 at MSVU Art Gallery, just to name a few.

 

To learn more about the East Coast’s role in the Canadian conceptual art movement, read Jayne Wark’s catalogue essay,

Conceptual Art in Canada: The East Coast Story.

 

ANNA LEONOWENS GALLERY (NSCAD UNIVERSITY)
www.nscad.ca

DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY
www.artgallery.dal.ca

MSVU ART GALLERY (MOUNT SAINT VINCENT UNIVERSITY)
www.msvuart.ca

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY
www.smuartgallery.ca


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