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‘Acquired in 1964’ Installation Examines the Art Gallery’s Earliest Acquisitions

October 21, 2014

Artist Cathy Busby to give public talk this Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m.

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - The Confederation Centre Art Gallery is celebrating its 50th anniversary by exploring the early history of the institution in a number of exhibitions this fall. Internationally-acclaimed Canadian artist Cathy Busby is featured in a new show opening this Saturday, October 25 that focuses critical attention on the Gallery's collecting practices. Entitled Acquired in 1964, Busby's installation aims to re-examine the permanent collection's genesis by re-hanging every existing object acquired in 1964 - the year the Centre was opened. Accompanied by texts that provide information about the early acquisitions, as well as silhouettes of objects no longer in the collection, the project will present works of art in a context that provides critical insight into the way museum collections are built.

The artist will provide texts that, in her words, "excerpt from the very rich correspondence," often between then-director Moncrieff Williamson and the artists and art dealers involved. "The things you encounter in the files are often quite striking," says Gallery Curator Pan Wendt, "and illustrate aspects of the politics behind the scenes in a 1964 museum."

Busby is known for her politically-charged text-based works, including We Are Sorry, which compiled hundreds of official apologies into a single wall work and artist publication. Acquired in 1964 continues her recent interest in collections and follows her project for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Atrium, which presented in silhouette form every object in the collection with First Nations associations, and About Face, in which the artist replaced the portrait collection of the Union Theological Seminary in New York with painted silhouettes.

The artist will present a public talk about her work during the exhibition's opening, on October 25 at 7 p.m. in the Charlottetown gallery. There is no charge to attend. Acquired in 1964 will be on exhibit until February 26, 2015. Until October 28 the Gallery is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From October 29 to May 10, the Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; and closed Monday and Tuesday.

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Photo cutline: Artist Cathy Busby at the benefit exhibition, Steve's Vinyl at the Khyber Arts Centre, Halifax, 2011 (photo by Christian Laforce); republished with permission from The Halifax Herald Ltd. Cathy Busby's installation Acquired in 1964 opens at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery this Saturday, October 25. 2014.
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