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Acclaimed U.S. survey of Canadian art, ‘Oh, Canada,’ to be hosted by four Maritime galleries

November 30, 1999

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Oh, Canada, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's landmark exhibition of ‘Art from North, North America,' is hitting the road. The expansive exhibition, which includes more than 100 works from over 60 Canadian artists, will travel to Maritime venues this summer; the first of two stops on a Canadian tour ending in Calgary. The exhibition will show in a collaborative, multi-venue format, from June 26 through September 21, 2014, at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown; the Owens Gallery at Mount Allison University, Sackville; the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery at Université de Moncton; and Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton. Acclaimed by The Boston Globe as "a revelation," Oh, Canada surveys the diverse range of contemporary visual art being made in Canada. This ambitious curatorial endeavour was executed by Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) curator, Denise Markonish, who travelled to nearly every province and territory to research and make selections for the exhibition. This tactic, covering over 400 individual studio visits, was hailed by The New York Times as "fanatical dedication."

TD Bank Group worked closely with MASS MoCA in sponsoring this major show. Scott Mullin, Vice President, Community Relations, notes that MASS MoCA received record visitation during Oh, Canada's 2012 run and that "We were thrilled with the opportunity to work with the museum and this wonderful exhibit as it now will be on display across Canada." He adds, "The Oh, Canada collection includes a group of very talented artists from all regions of the country, showcasing works that are exceptional examples of contemporary Canadian art."

The multi-venue presentation of this large exhibition allows visitors the unique experience of attending several galleries to view one unified exhibition. Markonish notes "We are thrilled that the show is allowing these galleries to collaborate and come together to celebrate these artists."

A deep interest in landscape, identity, and a return to craftsmanship are prevalent themes among the more than five dozen artists whose works were included. The participating artists span several generations, numerous visual art media, and all regions of Canada. The Boston Globe cites the curator's choice to exclude "Canada's contemporary art superstars" who are already internationally known, choosing instead "to bring to light less established talent," as a "great decision."

A full-colour 450-page catalogue by MIT Press accompanies Oh, Canada and provides insight into the nation's thriving contemporary cultural scene. Markonish provides a history of recent Canadian art, placing this new body of work in the context of 21st-century Canadian art. The book also includes contributions from notable Canadian writers and poets Warren Cariou, Douglas Coupland, Lisa Moore, and Jane Urquhart. Contributing curators include Wayne Baerwaldt, Jen Budney, Lance Blomgren, Nancy Campbell, Louise Déry, Cliff Eyland, Sarah Fillmore, Steven Holmes, Candice Hopkins, Bruce Johnson, Lesley Johnstone, David Liss, John Murchie, and Pan Wendt.

The three New Brunswick galleries will open their portions of the exhibition with a gallery crawl on Thursday June 26, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery at Université de Moncton; followed by the Owens Art Gallery at Mount Allison University at 8 p.m., and the Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton at 9:30 p.m. An opening gala for Oh, Canada will take place at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on Saturday June 28 at 7 p.m. with numerous participating artists in attendance.

Appreciation is also extended to P.E.I. 2014 Inc, a major funding partner for Confederation Centre's portion of Oh, Canada. P.E.I. 2014 Inc. is leading the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the historic Charlottetown Conference.


Image cutline: Optic Nerve by Canadian artist Kim Adams (pictured) is one of several dozen works to be featured in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery's portion of the U.S. survey of Canadian art, Oh, Canada. The expansive exhibition will be co-presented across four Maritime galleries, and opens at Confederation Centre on June 28, 2014. (Kim Adams, Optic Nerve, 2010, mixed media, 201.4 x 179.6 x 276.1 cm.)

Participating artists at Confederation Centre: Kim Adams, Shuvinai Ashoona, Amalie Atkins, Nicolas Baier, Dean Baldwin, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Eric Cameron, Douglas Coupland, Dave and Jenn, Wally Dion, Marcel Dzama, Brendan Fernandes, Michael Fernandes, Eryn Foster, Noam Gonick, Kristan Horton, Luis Jacob, Sarah Anne Johnson, Garry Neill Kennedy, Micah Lexier, Craig Leonard, Kelly Mark, Divya Mehra, Chris Millar, Graeme Patterson, Ed Pien, Charles Stankievech, Joseph Tisiga, Mitchell Wiebe, John Will, and Etienne Zack.

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Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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