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Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965 to 1980

10 September – 28 November 2010

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada c. 1965-1980 is the first major account of the development of Conceptual Art in Canada from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s.  By far one of the most important and long-lasting art movements of the 20th Century, Conceptual Art originated within the social and political turmoil of the 1960s – from feminism and gay liberation to anti-racism and anti-war movements – and presented a profound challenge to the institution of art. 


This exhibition focuses on specific manifestations of Conceptual Art practices in urban centres across Canada, with particular attention to the inter-regional and international traffic that facilitated fertile cross-pollinations and exchanges amongst artists in this country.

Curated by Grant Arnold, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault with Vincent Bonin, and Jayne Wark.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto) and the Vancouver Art Gallery, in partnership with the  Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University), Halifax, INK and with the support of the University of Toronto Art Centre, Blackwood Gallery (UTM), Doris McCarthy Gallery (UTS) 

List of Artists by Venue

University of Toronto Art Centre
University College, University of Toronto
15 King’s College Circle

Artists in the Vancouver exhibition

Tom Burrows, Michael de Courcy, Christos Dikeakos, Dean Ellis, Rodney Graham, Image Bank (Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov), Bill Jones, Roy Kiyooka, Robert Kleyn, Glenn Lewis, Ken Lum, Duane Lunden, N.E. Thing Co., Robert Smithson, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Theodore Wan.

Artists in the Prairies exhibition
Marcella Bienvenue, Kenneth Coutts-Smith, Max Dean, Brian Dyson, Jeff Funnell, Hans Haacke, Gordon Lebredt, Don Mabie, N.E. Thing Co., Dennis Oppenheim, Clive Robertson, Jeffrey Spalding, Paul Woodrow

Artists in the Toronto exhibition

Les Levine, Vera Frenkel, General Idea

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle

Artists in the Montréal exhibition
Tim Clark, Gary Coward, Tom Dean, Jean-Marie Delavalle, Charles Gagnon, Yves Gaucher, Raymond Gervais, John Heward (in collaboration with Alex Neuman), Michèle Lalonde, Suzy Lake, Gunter Nolte, Rober Racine, Françoise Sullivan, David Tomas, Serge Tousignant, Bill Vazan with Ian Wallace, Bill Vazan, Robert Walker, Irene F. Whittome, Joyce Wieland.

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road North

Artists in the Halifax exhibition
Vito Acconci, David Askevold, John Baldessari, Bruce Barber, Wallace Branen, James Lee Byars, Eric Cameron, Ian Carr-Harris, Sylvain Cousineau and Francis Coutelier, Greg Curnoe, Jan Dibbets, Graham Dube, Gerald Ferguson, Michael Fernandes, Dan Graham, John Greer, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Richards Jarden, Donald Judd, Pat Kelly, Garry Neill Kennedy, Joseph Kosuth, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lee Lozano, Allan MacKay and Lionel Simons, Brian MacNevin, Barry MacPherson, Albert McNamara, Ian Murray, N.E. Thing Co., Denis Oppenheim, Bruce Parsons, Harold Pearse, Yvonne Rainer, Ellison Robertson, Michael Snow, Theodore Wan, Douglas Waterman, Lawrence Weiner, Joyce Wieland, Martha Wilson, Jon Young, Tim Zuck.

Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail

Artists in the Toronto / London / Guelph exhibitions
Vito Acconci, Robert Bowers, Colin Campbell, Ian Carr-Harris, Robin Collyer, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Stephen Cruise, Greg Curnoe, Robert Fones, General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal ), Noel Harding, Joseph Kosuth, Suzy Lake, Gordon Lebredt, Arnaud Maggs, Robin McKenzie, John McEwen, Ian Murray, Dennis Oppenheim, Andy Patton, Martha Rosler, Tom Sherman, Rebecca Singleton, Michael Snow, Lisa Steele, John Watt, Joyce Wieland.
Produced with the assistance of the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Heritage.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $17.1 million in visual arts throughout Canada.

The University of Toronto Art Centre venue is also supported by Manulife Financial, UTAC's Supporting Sponsor, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Image credit: Gordon Lebredi, Get Hold of This Space, 1974, vinyl on wall (reconstructed 2010). Image courtesy of the artist.